Texas State’s head volleyball coach of 40 years announces retirement

Karen Chisum, head coach of Texas State University's volleyball team for 40 years, announced she will be retiring. (Courtesy Stephanie Schulz)
Karen Chisum, head coach of Texas State University's volleyball team for 40 years, announced she will be retiring. (Courtesy Stephanie Schulz)

Karen Chisum, head coach of Texas State University's volleyball team for 40 years, announced she will be retiring. (Courtesy Stephanie Schulz)

After leading Texas State University's volleyball team to many victories for the past four decades head coach Karen Chisum announced Dec. 9 she will be retiring.

Over the course of her career, Chisum obtained a 919-559-3 record as head coach of Texas State, and she has become the third coach to reach 900 wins in NCAA Division I. She has also led Texas State to eight regular season conference championships and 10 tournament championships victories, according to the Texas State athletics website.


Before her tenure at Texas State, Chisum started her coaching career leading younger talent at Goodnight Middle School, San Marcos High School and New Braunfels High School, according to the university’s website.

Chisum joined the Texas State athletic department as an assistant coach for the volleyball team in 1978 and became head coach in 1980.

"This is not the end," Chisum wrote in an open letter to students, administration and staff. "I am healthy and have met my professional goals. My life has been enriched by all whose paths I have crossed as a student at Southwest Texas and throughout my career here at Texas State.”


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