BROOKINGS, S.D. ( — South Dakota State head volleyball coach Dan Georgalas announced the hiring of Courtney Chacon as assistant coach Wednesday.

Chacon joins the coaching staff after serving as assistant volleyball coach at Western Colorado during the 2019 season. She worked primarily with defense and setters, while also assisting with recruiting, operations and academics.

Prior to Western Colorado, Chacon spent the 2018 season as a volunteer assistant coach for the University of Wyoming volleyball team. She also gained experience working numerous volleyball camps from 2013 through 2018.

At the University of Wyoming Chacon earned her bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences, then continued her educating at Wyoming to earn a master’s degree in Kinesiology and Health with a plan b project in Coaching Issues and Reflective Practice in Collegiate Sport.

During the course of the 2017 season Chacon worked as an intern with a sports psychology consultant for the Wyoming’s women’s volleyball team. Following her internship, she worked as a graduate assistant with sports psychology, exercise psychology, social cultural aspect of sport, exercise and physical activity, and personal health from 2017 to 2019.

In college, Chacon was a member of Wyoming’s volleyball team from 2013 to 2016. In her collegiate career she recorded 3,352 assists placing her sixth in the record book at Wyoming. Also recording 441 sets played throughout her career, the seventh most set ever by a Wyoming volleyball player. Along with recording the tenth most assists in a single season as a sophomore with 1,206 total assists. Chacon is one of three Cowgirls in program history to achieve over 3,000 assists and 900 digs in her career.