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USF dismisses volleyball coach Courtney Draper

The former Eckerd coach reach the postseason only once in eight seasons with the Bulls
Three days after announcing his dismissal of football coach Charlie Strong, USF athletic director Michael Kelly announced the school is parting ways with volleyball coach Courtney Draper. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Three days after announcing his dismissal of football coach Charlie Strong, USF athletic director Michael Kelly announced the school is parting ways with volleyball coach Courtney Draper. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) [ CHRIS O'MEARA | AP ]
Published Dec. 4, 2019

USF athletic director Michael Kelly has dismissed his second head coach in four days, announcing Wednesday he won’t renew the contract of veteran volleyball coach Courtney Draper.

Draper, who arrived at USF in 2012 after a highly successful eight-year run at Eckerd, finished 117-135 with one postseason appearance with the Bulls. Her 2019 team finished 7-23 and 1-15 in the American Athletic Conference.

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“I would like to thank Coach Draper for her eight years of service to our university and her contributions to our volleyball program,” Kelly said in a statement released by the school.

“Courtney and her staff have worked hard and led our program with integrity on and off the court. However, I believe we can achieve greater success on the court and the time is right for a new direction and new leadership.”

An Illinois native who played at FSU, Draper went 145-103 in eight seasons at Eckerd (2004-11), reaching the Division II NCAA Tournament five times.