NEW YORK – Brie Katz, the head coach of Columbia volleyball, has announced the addition of Fai Kingsley to the Lions coaching staff for the 2014-15 season. Kingsley will serve as an assistant coach along with Adriano Di Peco in Katz’s inaugural head coaching season.
“I am excited to have Fai join our Columbia volleyball family,” Katz commented. “She brings a great player perspective from her time at Denver and in Europe that will challenge our student-athletes on the court. Fai’s passion and strong work ethic as a player will transfer into her coaching role and I’m looking forward to having her on the bench with us this season.”
Kingsley comes to the Big Apple after a successful one-year stint on the international playing circuit with Poland’s PGNig Nafta Pila. Kingsley started 25 matches in red, green and white en route to writing her name in the Orlen League’s record book. The middle blocker landed in the top 10 at her position with 65 total blocks (0.85 bps) and the top 25 in points per game with 244 (2.24 pps).
Prior to playing abroad, Kingsley took the court afor Denver. She was a four-year letterman, who overcame injuries during her career with the Pioneers, to earn All-Sun Belt Conference first team honors as a junior and was a finalist for the 2011 Sun-Belt Conference Player of the Year award, after concluding the season ranked fourth in the NCAA with 1.58 blocks per set. That same year, Kingsley was named the team’s most valuable player. After being recognized on the Top 30 Senior CLASS Award list and the 2012 All-WAC first team, the senior captain earned Hammer Strength All-America status. The 2013 Sportswomen of Colorado Perseverance Award recipient left her mark in Denver, Colorado, as she currently ranks third in Pioneer’s history with a .308 career attack percentage, fourth in career blocks per set (1.19) and ninth with 278 career block assists.
Kingsley developed her coaching skills during the summer holidays of her collegiate career at three camps – Colorado State University Volleyball Camp, Jesse Mahoney Volleyball Camp, Beth Kuwata Volleyball Camp. Throughout the camps she assisted in improving the skills of up-in-coming volleyball players by coaching fundaments of the sport.
Off the court, Kingsley was an executive member of the Denver’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and served as a representative for the Sun Belt Conference’s and the Western Athletic Conference’s SAAC. The marketing major excelled in the classroom as well, earning a spot on the Sunbelt Conference Commissioner’s List twice and a spot on the 2012 All-Academic WAC list.
For the past eight years, the Brooklyn, New York, native has volunteered with Inspiring Young Minds where she mentors students through the boarding school application process and assists with the sports programs. As an executive board member, Kinglsey has contributed to the Annual Boarding School Fair as a guest lecturer and has conducted interviews for the Diane Brown Legacy Award Scholarship.