CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Deb Marlin, associate head volleyball coach at Mount Mercy for the past seven seasons, has been named interim head coach of the Mustangs, Athletics Director Scot Reisinger announced today.
Marlin takes over for Rick Blackwell, who resigned earlier this week to become principal at Don Bosco High School in Gilbertville. Blackwell was 97-144 in seven seasons at Mount Mercy.
"I've watched Coach Marlin teach and interact with the team for seven years and found her to be an outstanding coach and person," Reisinger said. "I'm excited that she has agreed to move into the head coaching position."
Marlin prepped at Cedar Rapids Kennedy and played collegiately at Morningside, setting single season and career records for the Cougars and Mustangs. She served as head coach at Kirkwood Community College, where she was the NJCAA Region V Coach of the Year and led the Eagles to a top-five finish at the national tournament.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to lead the Mount Mercy volleyball program," said Marlin. "I have high expectations for the upcoming season and I'm confident that we will make great strides as a program."