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SUNY Potsdam alum named assistant volleyball coach at SUNY New Paltz

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NEW PALTZ - Dakota Pruiss ‘14, who competed at SUNY Potsdam from 2010-13, has been named the assistant women’s volleyball coach at the State University of New York at New Paltz, as announced Wednesday by the Department of Athletics, Wellness & Recreation.

“I am very excited to welcome Dakota into the New Paltz volleyball family,” head coach Matt Giufre stated. “Her competitive drive, enthusiasm for the game and constant pursuit of excellence as a student-athlete was respected throughout the SUNYAC.”

“Pruiss has a strong coaching background for someone just coming out of college and a great volleyball knowledge gleaned from her past coaches,” Giufre continued. “I am confident she will be a valuable member of our team and has a bright future in the coaching profession.”

Playing at Potsdam, Pruiss was a team captain from 2012-13, helping the Bears to two State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) playoff appearances and one Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) postseason bid. For her career, Pruiss recorded 575 kills and 642 digs. Pruiss, a Wallkill, N.Y., native and 2010 graduate of Wallkill High School, earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Potsdam in May 2014.

Pruiss served as a coach at WHOOSH Camp from 2009-10 and volunteered at the HVA Club in 2011-13. From 2006-10, Pruiss competed with USA Volleyball and played under Sue Medley, a former NCAA Division I coach. Playing on the WHOOSH Club in 2010, Pruiss and her teammates placed first in the IREVA Championships.

“I am thrilled to begin working for New Paltz,” Pruiss explained. “The volleyball team has shown such great success under Coach Giufre, and to work with him is a great opportunity.”

“This is a program looking to develop young women academically, athletically and socially, and I am proud to be a part of it,” Pruiss continued. “I bring a competitive mentality and the urge to overcome adversity to the team. I have a lot of faith in the team when it comes to how successful we can be this season.”

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