ATLANTA- Georgia State volleyball head coach Sally Polhamus is pleased to announce the addition of new assistant coach Chris Duenow to the Panther family. Duenow will join Polhamus and Ashley Bayer on the bench and assist in recruiting and operations.
“We are excited to welcome Chris to the Panther family” said Polhamus. “He is exactly what we were looking for during the hiring process. His wealth of knowledge and experience training and recruiting will make an immediate impact on our program. He has great passion for the sport of volleyball and an incredible work ethic to match. Our goal is to win championships and Chris will be a key piece in this journey.”
"First of all I'd like to thank Coach Polhamus and Director of Athletics Charlie Cobb for this opportunity”, said Duenow. “There is a great energy around Georgia State Athletics right now and I think Atlanta is an amazing city and can be a destination for talented student athletes from across the country. I am truly excited to join the Panther staff and I hope my experience and passion can play a significant role in helping Sally and this program turn the corner.”
Prior to joining Georgia State, Duenow spent three seasons as the associate head coach at Concordia University in Irvine, Calif. Duenow helped lead the Eagles to a 2016 PacWest Conference Championship and a top-10 regional ranking in two of the program's first three seasons at the NCAA Division II level. He also helped develop ten All-Conference Selections, two All-Region picks, and Concordia's first NCAA Division II All-American.
Before his time in Irvine, Duenow served as assistant club director and a head coach at Spiral Volleyball Club in Chandler, Ariz. He coached U14-U18 teams in addition to his role as the technical advisor and recruiting coordinator. He joined Spiral Volleyball after four years as a top assistant coach at Cornell.
From 2002-09 Duenow was the head coach at Concordia University in Portland, Ore. His eight-year tenure with the Cavaliers included the 2002 Cascade Collegiate Conference Championship. His 2002 team posted a perfect 18-0 conference mark on its way to a 24-3 overall record and earned Duenow Cascade Conference Coach of the Year honors.
Duenow also had stints as an assistant at Virginia (2000-02), Seattle University (2000), and Washington (1999).
Duenow has also been very involved with the USA Volleyball High Performance program. He was selected as the Arizona Region Girl’s Youth High Performance Head Coach for 2013 and 2014 and for the last four years has been on staff for a range of USAV HP summer training programs. He has worked with numerous club programs over the past 25 years including Nike Northwest Juniors, Virginia Volleyball Academy, and, most recently, Prime Volleyball Club in California.
Duenow graduated from Washington in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in music education. He was a four-year starter for the men's club volleyball program where he trained both as a middle hitter and as a setter. He is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association and USA Volleyball.