Leah Mihm named Head Coach College of Coastal Georgia
Brunswick, GA-The Athletic Director William Carlton announced the hiring of Leah Mihm as the new head coach for the women's volleyball team.
Mihm will take over the position that became available when former Mariners' head coach Jeff Huebner resigned to become an assistant coach at Middle Tennessee State.
Coastal Georgia is the two-time defending Southern States Athletic Conference champion and has been to the final site of the NAIA national championship tournament the last two years.
This will be the first college head coaching job for Mihm who brings 18 years of coaching experience to the Mariners after working previously as a high school and club volleyball coach.
"After completing an extensive national search, Leah Mihm is exactly the right person to lead the continued success of our volleyball program," Carlton said. "Our search committee received applications from several outstanding candidates. After the committee's diligent work it became clear that Coach Mihm possesses all the skills and personal qualities we were seeking in our next head coach.
"Coach Mihm has a strong volleyball coaching background and comes to us from one of the top volleyball club programs in Atlanta. But just as important, she will be able to build on the high-quality culture that already exists within our program and continue to lead the team as one of the top NAIA programs in the nation.
"Coach Mihm brings a great degree of maturity and experience not only to the team but also to the athletic department staff. I am excited to have her join our staff and become an active member of the campus and community."
Mihm, 35, is excited about the opportunity that awaits at Coastal Georgia. She will be here full-time with the Mariners in early April.
"I've always been a teacher and coach and have always been in the education field," she said. "I really didn't pursue any college jobs previously because I was always happy teaching and coaching in high school and club.
"But working exclusively the last few years in club, I just felt like I grew so much as a coach. I heard about this job, my husband and I were looking to leave Atlanta, and everything just kind of came together. It's really amazing. I'm ready to challenge myself at the college level and push myself to be a next-level coach."
Most recently, Mihm has been the assistant club director and lead coach at North Atlanta Volleyball Club in Alpharetta since June 2012. Her 2015 team quailed for the USA Volleyball nationals. Mihm also coached several other successful teams for the club while helping manage most other aspects within the organization which includes over 300 athletes as one of its directors.
This past year, she also was head coach for the Dunwoody High girls team and steered the team to an area championship and a berth in the Class AAAAA state semifinals.
Mihm has also been volleyball program coordinator for King's Ridge Christian School in Alpharetta where she managed all facets of the middle- and high-school programs while serving as head coach for the varsity girls team.
She also worked previously for Suncoast Volleyball in Sarasota, Fla., where she was the club's high school director for two years from 2006-2008 and also coached teams to region championships.
Mihm's first head coaching job was with her high school alma mater, Cardinal Mooney Catholic in Sarasota, where she taught and coached for seven years.
While in high school, Mihm was an all-area and all-state standout as a middle blocker while helping Cardinal Mooney to district titles for four straight years.
She played three years of college volleyball at University of Montevallo, helping the team to the NCAA Division II tournament as a junior. She was a team captain there as well.
Mihm actually began her coaching career at the club level while in college.
She finished her degree in English at the University of Florida and later became a graduate assistant at Missouri Western.
She will inherit a Coastal Georgia team that finished the season ranked No. 20 for its highest-ever final ranking after going 31-6.
"I know they have good players and good coaches in place. "I've been impressed with the talent level of the players, the leadership they showed in drills and their overall volleyball IQ," she said after watching an offseason workout during her on-campus interview.
"I'm excited. It's a good place to start my college career."
Mihm is also just excited about moving to the Georgia coast. It reminds her of her Florida home.
"I grew up a couple of miles from the beach," she said. "I was familiar with the area already and love it down there. When I pulled into town for my interview, I could smell the saltwater in the air. I thought this is it."
Mihm is married to husband Josh. The couple has two kids – Ryan (4) and Rachel (2).