Will begin her fourth season in the fall of 2016
Kristin Belzung is in her fourth season with the Cowgirl volleyball program. She was elevated to Associate Head Coach in December 2015.
In 2015, Belzung helped guide the Cowgirls to 13 wins in conference play, which are the most in any season for UW volleyball. Since her arrival, Belzung has played a key role in the development of the setters. Courtney Chacon became the ninth Cowgirl in school history to record 2,000 assists. She ended her junior season ninth on the career list with 2,358 assists. As a team, Wyoming ranked tenth in the MW with 11.14 assists per set.
During the 2014 season, Chacon ranked fourth overall and seventh amongst assist leaders in the league. Chacon also finished the year tenth on the all-time single season list.
She spent the previous three seasons at South Dakota State as an assistant coach. While with the program, she assisted in organizing training and practice and was primarily responsible for setter training. Belzung also helped with opponent scouting and match planning, plus coordination of team travel.
Prior to that, she spent two years at South Carolina, where she spent her first season as a graduate assistant and the second as the director of operations for the Gamecock volleyball program. As the director of ops for the Gamecocks, Belzung assisted with practice setup and helped out with many of the administrative tasks for the team, including travel and video coordination.
Before starting her coaching career, Belzung was a four-year standout setter at Northern Iowa while playing for Bobbi Peterson. A two-time first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection, she ranks fourth in UNI history with 4,256 assists and with an 11.3 assists per game average. Belzung also led her squad in aces twice and helped the team to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007, earning the State Farm MVC Tournament MVP in her squad's first of two straight conference tourney crowns. She also recorded two triple-doubles in her career, including one in a victory over Clemson in 2006.
A native of Ankeny, Iowa, Belzung starred in the classroom as well, earning the State Farm MVC Good Neighbor Award, an honor recognizing athletes for their excellence in academics, sportsmanship and community service. She also garnered Dean's List recognition in six of her nine semesters at UNI and twice earned a spot on the MVC Scholar-Athlete first team. Belzung served as a SAAC representative and participated in the NCAA National Leadership Conference.
Belzung graduated with a bachelor's degree in health promotion/environmental health from Northern Iowa in 2008, and completed her master's degree in sport and entertainment management from South Carolina in the spring of 2010.