GAMBIER, Ohio — Jill McCartney, Kenyon College director of athletics, fitness and recreation announced Tuesday that Sharon Adams was hired as interim head coach of the Kenyon College volleyball program.
Adams will approach the upcoming 2023 season with more than 30 years of coaching experience at the high school, club and collegiate levels. She’ll take the reins from Emma Olson, who resigned in July. “Coach Adams brings a wealth of experience and great positive energy, and we are pleased to have her here,” McCartney said. “She is committed to providing our volleyball student-athletes with both a challenging and rewarding experience this fall.” Since 2008, Adams worked as the owner and director of ABBA Volleyball Club in nearby Newark, Ohio. Her duties with the club included managing anywhere from two to nine teams per season. She scouted other regional teams, provided group and private lessons, and hired other coaches to assist. Her teams annually competed in regional and national tournaments. Adam’s also possesses additional coaching experience at The Ohio State University-Newark Campus, where she worked from 2003 through 2013. During that time, her teams won 10 conference championships. She also served as coach at Lakewood High School from 2017 through 2018. During her collegiate playing days, Adams was a two-time first team all-conference honoree at Muskingum University, where graduated in 1989 with a degree in education. “I couldn’t have been happier and more thankful to receive the news from Jill McCartney. Kenyon is a prestigious college and one I have always admired,” Adams said. “I am honored and excited to return to college coaching. Though our team is very young I believe we will be very competitive and will grow under the leadership of our senior, Lindsay Abramson, and our team captains Maggie Wolf and Joy Carstanjen.”