Belzung joins the Jackrabbit volleyball staff after two seasons at South
Carolina, where she spent her first season as a graduate assistant and the
second as the director of operations.
"Kristin's foundation of
volleyball at the University of Northern Iowa fits perfectly with my coaching
philosophy and values," said SDSU head volleyball coach Nanabah Allison-Brewer.
"Add to that her passion, positive
energy and roots to the Midwest, and I know that she can recruit the top caliber
athletes in the region. I look forward to working with Kristin and building the
director of ops for the Gamecocks, Belzung assisted with practice setup and
helped out with many of the administrative tasks for the team, including travel
and video coordination, but she looks forward to getting back on the sidelines
for the Jackrabbits.
"It's an honor to join Coach
Allison-Brewer and the Jackrabbit family," Belzung said. "I'm thrilled for the
opportunity and am hopeful to make an immediate impact on both the volleyball
program and the entire SDSU community."
starting her coaching career, Belzung played for Bobbi Peterson at Northern
Iowa as a standout setter for the Panthers over four seasons, where she
recorded two triple-doubles in her career, including one in a victory over
Clemson in 2006.
two-time first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection, she ranks fourth
in UNI history with 4,256 assists and with an 11.3 assists per game average.
Belzung also led her squad in aces twice and helped the team to consecutive
NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007, earning the State Farm MVC
Tournament MVP in her squad's first of two straight conference tourney crowns.
Ankeny, Iowa, native, Belzung starred in the classroom as well, earning the
State Farm MVC Good Neighbor Award, an honor recognizing athletes for their
excellence in academics, sportsmanship and community service. She also garnered
Dean's List recognition in six of her nine semesters at UNI and earned a spot
on the inaugural MVC All-Academic first team. Belzung served as a SAAC
representative and participated in the NCAA National Leadership Conference.
Belzung graduated with a
bachelor's degree in health promotion/environmental health from Northern Iowa
in 2008, and completes her master's degree in sport and entertainment
management from South Carolina in the spring of 2010.