Volleyball Coach Nancy Somera Resigns

Feb. 21, 2005

Corvallis - Oregon State women's volleyball head coach Nancy Somera has resigned to pursue other opportunities, the university announced today.

'The last six years at Oregon State have been wonderful,' Somera said. 'I'm grateful to the administration for giving me my first head coaching position and allowing me to grow in the profession. The community and all the fans in Beaver Nation have been so supportive of the program. We will definitely miss everything that has made Corvallis such a special place for our family, and we will leave with many fond memories.'

Her husband, Ben Somera, an OSU assistant coach, has also resigned.

'I want to thank the Someras for their contributions to the Oregon State volleyball program,' OSU Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis said. 'They have represented this university with great passion and class. The Someras have elevated the program in many ways and the next coach will benefit from their tireless efforts in making the Beavers a respected and competitive program.'

Somera posted a 77-98 record in six years at Oregon State. Her best season came in 2001, when the Beavers went to the NCAA Tournament (the school's second-ever appearance and its first since 1983) and posted a 17-12 record (the school's first winning season since 1996). OSU finished at .500 or better in three of her six seasons. The 2004 Beavers went 12-16 overall and finished tied for seventh in the Pacific-10 Conference with a 5-13 mark.

She came to OSU after serving as an assistant coach at USC from 1991 to 1998. She graduated from USC in 1989 and was an All-Pac-10 volleyball player there.

The search for a new coach will begin immediately.

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