Liberty volleyball coach Karen Warnock is leaving her position to return to the college ranks as a full-time assistant at Colorado College.

Here's the full press release issued buy the college today:


Warnock Returns to Colorado College Volleyball Program

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Karen Warnock, who spent the last six seasons as head coach at Liberty High School, is returning to the Colorado College volleyball program as a full-time assistant, head coach Rick Swan announced today.

Warnock, a three-year starter and second-team All-American during her senior season at the University of New Mexico, served as an assistant under Swan from 1998 through the 2002 season when the Tigers made the first five of their 13 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.

“It’s very exciting to have Karen return to the program,” Swan said. “She has a great volleyball mind and her track record of coaching setters is fantastic.”

Under Warnock’s tutelage, Larissa Enns earned a spot on the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s All-West Region team three seasons in a row (1999-2001).

“I was going to stay at Liberty one more year, but this opportunity presented itself,” Warnock said. “It was an easy decision to come back to the program. I have such fond memories of working with setters like Larissa Enns and Annie Griebel. Now I know I’ll be able to recruit a setter, work with her for four years, and help her maximize her potential.”

Prior to joining Swan at CC in 1998, Warnock was his assistant for three seasons at St. Mary’s High School.

“We work well together,” Swan said. “She knows the offense that we like to run, so there won’t be much of a learning curve other than getting to know the players who are currently in the program.”

Warnock helped the Lancers advance to the regional round of the state volleyball tournament in 2006 and 2010.

“I really enjoyed coaching at the high school level,” Warnock said. “I was sad to go, but at the same time I was ready to move back to the collegiate level and am excited to be at Colorado College again.”