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Newcomer Seitelman replaces Johnsen as Geneva girls volleyball coach

Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 9:24 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, June 5, 2014 10:25 p.m. CDT

K.C. Johnsen directed the Geneva girls volleyball team to the best season in program history in 2013.

He will not return for an encore.

Geneva athletic director Jim Kafer confirmed Thursday to the Chronicle that Johnsen will not be back as coach in 2014. Assistant Annie Seitelman, part of Geneva District 304's physical education faculty and a former collegiate player at Indiana, takes over for the longtime Vikings' staple.

"We appreciate all of KC's contributions to the program but are equally excited to have a faculty member with Annie's credentials taking over," Kafer wrote in a text message.

Reached briefly at his home Thursday, Johnsen replied "I don't think so," when asked if he would return as boys volleyball coach. In 2013, he helped the girls team to the program's first sectional title and a 29-10 record. Optimism for future postseason successes swirled as Geneva welcomed standout freshmen Ally Barrett and Grace Loberg to the mix.

Johnsen has coached the Geneva boys since the program's 2011 inception.

Seitelman, a product of downstate Freeburg High School, was a middle blocker at Indiana. Her career highlights included a September 2006 nod as Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. She also was an All-Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree in 2006, her junior season.

A first-year Geneva faculty member, Seitelman worked with the Kane County Juniors club program in 2013, per a Nike volleyball camp website. Johnsen's wife, Phyllis, serves as the Juniors' club director.

Seitelman, also Geneva's sophomore coach last season, is the wife of Aurora University women's volleyball coach James Seitelman.

Attempts to reach Kafer and K.C. Johnsen for further comment were not successful.

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