By Arnold James / Staff Writer
LBCC named Trisha Marx the new women’s volleyball head coach for the Fall season Athletics Director Joe Cascio announced, according to the LBCC website. Marx is replacing Suzie Witmer, who left as head coach of women’s volleyball after eight seasons at LBCC.
Cascio said, “I am extremely happy to have Coach Marx take over our women’s volleyball program. She brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of academic success. The future of LBCC women’s volleyball is extremely bright.”
According to the Everything Long Beach website, Marx played on the U.C. Irvine women’s volleyball team from 2003-2006 and was named three times to the Big West Scholar Athletic Team. Marx coached at East Los Angeles College from 2009-2012. She just finished a stint coaching the Balboa Bay Volleyball Club. Marx had been with the club since 2012.
Marx said to Everything Long Beach, “I’m really happy with the student-athletes and staff we have in place. I think we can pose a strong threat to a lot of teams in the South Coast Conference this season. It would be fabulous to make the playoffs this first year.”
Marx also has coached for Lakeport High School in Northern California, the Sports Shack Volleyball and the Orange County Volleyball clubs and Volleyball Enterprises, Inc. While at Lakeport High School, she earned all-county honors twice, the LBCC website said.
A press release added that she received her bachelor’s degree in sociology, with minors in education and digital arts at U.C. Irvine. Marx also earned a master’s degree in physical education at Azusa Pacific University.
Marx told LBCC, “I want to thank Suzie for the tremendous job she did, not only at the college, but also in the community.”
Marx is hoping to improve on the Vikings 2013 season that had an 11-12 overall record. The team finished fourth in the conference with an 8-6 mark, the press release said.
Connie Sears, Dean of Students and Athletics, said, “I’m very pleased to have Trisha join the coaching staff at LBCC. Her emphasis on academic success, as well as success on the volleyball court, is closely in line with the goals of the school. We look forward to a great season ahead of us.”
LBCC is tentatively scheduled to begin the 2014 season at the Cerritos College Scrimmage Tournament on Friday, Aug 29. The season officially starts on Friday, Sept. 5 with LBCC hosting San Diego Mesa College at noon.