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Billington Named Head Volleyball Coach at UNC-Pembroke
02/02/2005

FROSTBURG, MD — Jeff Billington recently announced his resignation as head coach of the Frostburg State University women’s volleyball program to assume a similar position at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, a Division II school which competes in the Peach Belt Conference.

Billington, who becomes the seventh head coach in the history of the Lady Braves' volleyball program, spent the last four years leading the Bobcats to an impressive 100-38 overall record as well as a 39-6 mark in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.

The 1984 FSU graduate coached the Bobcats to three AMCC regular-season and tournament championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances. The Red & Black advanced to the region semfinals each of the last two years.

This past season, Billington was named AMCC Co-Coach of the Year after receiving Coach of the Year honors the previous two seasons. He became the program's all-time winningest coach with a victory over Mary Washington September 16th, 2004.

"I have been honored to be the head volleyball coach at my alma mater for the last four years, and it’s with great pride I leave the program in a better condition than when I arrived," said Billington. "The girls and coaching staff greatly appreciated the support from the student body and staff during my tenure. "I send a special thank you to my past and present players who truly embraced the essence of the student-athlete. They were competitive both in the classroom and on the volleyball court. Finally, a heart-felt thank you to the athletic staff who supported the program with match management, press releases and set up."

"Jeff has built an excellent program here, and we will certainly miss him," said Frostburg State Athletic Director Ralph Brewer. "I am sure that his replacement will be able to continue that success because of the foundation that exists."

Billington came to Frostburg State after guiding the girls' varsity program at Paul VI High School in Fairfax, Va., to a 73-21 mark over a four-year period, including an impressive 52-match winning streak that spanned his final two seasons.

He led Paul VI to a 25-0 record in 1999, a 27-0 mark in 2000 and back-to-back Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and Virginia Independent School Volleyball Association state titles.

Paul VI finished the 2000 season ranked No. 3 in the Washington Post Metro Area poll. For his efforts, Billington was named VISVA and Washington Post All-Met Coach of the Year in 1999, as well as VISVA Coach of the Year in 2000.

In addition to Paul VI, Billington has served as the assistant coach for the George Mason University men's volleyball team (1998) and the Marymount University women's volleyball team (1995-96). He also coached the Asics Metro Junior Olympic Girl's 16 team in 1999 and 2000.

Billington earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Frostburg State in 1984 and his master's degree in human performance in 1993.

While a graduate student, he taught health and physical education classes, coached the Bobcat men's club volleyball team and also served as an instructor at FSU volleyball camps.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu