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Former Eden volleyball star Stacey Smith named Hilbert coach

Stacey Smith, a former volleyball standout at Eden High School who went on to play collegiately at the University of Georgia and Syracuse, was named women’s volleyball coach at Hilbert College Thursday.

Smith, 25, had been serving as the Hawks’ top assistant since 2015.

“Stacey has shown a passion for coaching the sport over the last few seasons,” said John Czarnecki, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Hilbert, in a press release. “She has had a prolific playing career that has translated very well to coaching, and I am confident she will lead the program to new heights.”

Smith played for the recently-retired Stephen Pierce at Eden and in five varsity seasons was part of three state title teams in 2006, 2007 and 2009, when she was the state tournament MVP.

When her collegiate career ended, Smith played in Nottingham, England and was a member of the 2015-16 Sports Scholars team that competed in Europe.

Hilbert, a member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, opens its season against Chatham at the Keuka Invitational Sept. 1.

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