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Kristin Belzung
Position: Assistant Coach
Hometown: Ankeny, Iowa
Alma Mater: Northern Iowa
Graduating Year: 2008
Experience: 2 Years
Phone: (605) 688-5737
Email: Kristin.Belzung@sdstate.edu

Kristin 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 program."

As 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."

Before 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.

A 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.

An 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.