WASHINGTON – GW Director of Athletics Tanya Vogel has announced that GW alumna Katie Reifert will lead the volleyball program as the tenth coach in program history.
Reifert returns to GW after most recently being named the head men’s volleyball coach at Lawrence Tech. At Lawrence Tech, Reifert worked to rebuild the program and signed 13 newcomers to the Blue Devils’ roster over six months.
“It is always a special day when we’re able to bring back one of our own,” said Vogel. “Katie knows firsthand what excellence looks like at GW. Her coaching experience, time spent playing professionally, and knowledge of both Foggy Bottom and the Atlantic 10 Conference will have her primed to lead our program back up the ladder in the conference and the country. We are positively thrilled to welcome Katie home as the next exciting leader of our volleyball program, and we know her ties to our outstanding community of volleyball alumnae and former student-athletes in all sports will be invigorating.”
“I am incredibly humbled and excited to be chosen to lead the women of GW volleyball,” said Reifert. “I want to thank Tanya Vogel and the rest of the hiring committee for their confidence in me. My experience as a GW volleyball player was instrumental in shaping the coach and person I am today.
“The chance to return home to Foggy Bottom and coach in the Smith Center, where I have so many great memories, is the opportunity of a lifetime. I can’t wait to get to work building a championship program that the university, fans and alumni can be proud of.”
Before Lawrence Tech, Reifert was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator with the Brown University volleyball program from 2018-20. In 2019, Reifert helped lead Brown to its most wins (13) and first winning season (13-10) since 2001, a record that improved the program’s RPI by 61 places. In that season, Reifert guided three student-athletes to all-conference recognition. In her first year with the Bears in 2018, Reifert helped assist the team to its most wins (11) since 2014, before surpassing that mark the following year.
As the recruiting coordinator, Reifert assisted in the scouting and commitment of 14 student-athletes throughout her three seasons, six of whom received all-league honors with a player of the year recognition. The Bears’ 2020 first-year class was considered a top-30 recruiting class in PrepVolleyball.com’s rankings.
Prior to her time at Brown, Reifert spent four seasons (2014-18) at the helm of the men’s and women’s volleyball programs at Illinois Tech. Reifert led the women’s team to back-to-back appearances in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championship in 2016 and 2017. Under Reifert’s direction, the women’s program went from placing outside of the top-20 in the USCAA to earning a top-10 finish in 2017. She also coached five USCAA All-Americans and the 2017 USCAA Student-Athlete of the Year.
After much success with the women’s program, Reifert was named inaugural head coach of the men’s Scarlet Hawks program and began to build the program from its infancy in the fall of 2015. Throughout her three seasons as head coach, Reifert helped improve the team’s overall record each season and led it to its first double-figure win total in program history in 2018.
Before arriving at Illinois Tech, Reifert spent one season at Loyola University Maryland as the lead assistant coach, where she helped plan and run practices, meetings and film sessions. In addition, Reifert was an integral part of the team’s match preparation, where she worked to create detailed scouting reports.
Reifert was a four-year starter at middle blocker for GW from 2007-10 and served as a team captain during her senior season. In 2010, Reifert was named to the Atlantic 10’s Second Team after finishing second overall in the conference with her .357 hitting percentage. Reifert was also named Team MVP and GW’s Offensive Player of the Year. Reifert is fifth all-time in GW’s record book with a .282 hitting percentage across her four seasons.
Reifert spent time playing professionally in Europe, where she competed in the Professional International Federation of Volleyball for Kuusamo Pallo-Karhut (Finland) in 2012. She also was a middle blocker for Switzerland’s top league, FC Luzern, in 2014.