Mercy McAuley appoints new athletic director and volleyball coach

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HILL COLLEGE — Mercy McAuley High School announced a new athletic director and volleyball coach on Friday.

Kate Hoelmer, who previously served as a physical education teacher at John Paul II Catholic School in Finneytown since 2018, has been named the school’s new athletic director, according to a news release.

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Kate Hoelmer was named Mercy McAuley's next athletic director on July 15.

Hoelmer earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management with a minor in Business Administration from Mount St. Joseph University, where she has also coached softball since 2017. Hoelmer played softball at Mount St. Joseph, earning full college degrees and full lecture honors.

She was a lifetime .291 hitter in three seasons with the Lions with six career home runs and 37 RBIs. Hoelmer, who graduated from Colerain in 2013, was a four-year player with the Cardinals earning first-team all-conference honors from the Greater Miami Conference once (2011) and second-team all-conference honors. conferences twice (2012, 2013). Since 2013, she has also been a youth camp facilitator with various organizations.

“I am extremely excited to join the Mercy McAuley community as Sporting Director,” Hoelmer said in a press release. “High school athletics strengthens student-athletes and prepares them for the next steps in life. I look forward to using my passion for sports and this position to positively impact students and families at Mercy McAuley.”

Mercy McAuley Director Connie Kampschmidt said of Hoelmer, “Kate (Hoelmer) brings a wealth of skill, passion and enthusiasm to Mercy McAuley and we look forward to seeing our athletic programs reach even greater heights. brought up under his direction.”

Sam Gagnon has been named Mercy McAuley’s new varsity volleyball head coach.

Gagnon has been an assistant varsity volleyball coach at Mercy McAuley since the school opened in 2018. Previously, she coached various levels of volleyball at Mother of Mercy for six years. Gagnon received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University, where she played volleyball.

Sam Gagnon, a 2007 Mother of Mercy graduate, was named Mercy McAuley's next varsity volleyball lead coach on July 15.

The 2007 Mother of Mercy graduate was a four-year college starter for the Bobcats and holds the program record for career assists. Gagnon was a PrepVolleyball.com All-American and led Mercy to a pair of regional championships and state runners-up (2004, 2006).

“Our coaching staff is thrilled to lead this talented program,” Gagnon said in the press release. “We are proud of the foundations laid by our Mercy McAuley and our alumni and are motivated to continue the tradition of volleyball excellence.”

Kampschmidt said of Gagnon, “We are also thrilled to welcome Sam (Gagnon) to her new role as varsity volleyball head coach. Her commitment to Mercy McAuley, her experience as a high school and college volleyball athlete and her track record of success are great assets. to Mercy McAuley’s volleyball program.”

A member of the Girls Greater Catholic League (GGCL), which is widely considered one of — if not the best — prep volleyball leagues in Ohio, Mercy McAuley went 57-38 in her four seasons in as a program, winning the District Championships in 2018 and 2019. Wolves went 22-4 and were GGCL runners-up in its inaugural season, but finished last in the GGCL for three consecutive years, although they are 32-13 against non-league competition in that span.

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