James Finley, head coach of the Seattle University volleyball team, announced that Stefanie Shiramizu has joined the Redhawk program as a volunteer assistant coach, effective immediately.

Shiramizu, a native of Okemos, Mich., began her collegiate career at Wright State, where she led the Raiders with 510 digs during the 2009 season. She transferred to Michigan State and appeared in 16 matches during her junior and senior seasons as the Spartans posted a 47-22 record (.681) over the past two years with two postseason appearances, including an upset of national seventh-seed UCLA to advance to the regional semifinals last season.

A two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Shiramizu graduated from Michigan State this past spring with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology. She completes the new Seattle U volleyball coaching staff that features Finley, associate head coach Nick Petrovic, and assistant coach Dan Ahiers.

"Stefanie understands and communicates well the work ethic and attitude needed to be successful at a high level in Division I. She has a good volleyball IQ that will allow her to contribute in the education of our young team," Finley said.

The Seattle University volleyball team will report to campus August 8 for the start of preseason in preparation for the season opener against Texas Tech at the Wildcat Invitational hosted by Weber State in Ogden, Utah, Friday, Aug. 30. The regular season home opener for the Redhawks will take place Labor Day against Eastern Washington at the Connolly Center Monday, Sept. 2, starting at 6 p.m.

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