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Kaddie Platt joined the University of Houston Volleyball program and was named head coach on March 27, 2012. Named the sixth head coach in program history, Platt comes to UH after 17 seasons as the head coach at Houston Baptist.
During her first season at the helm of the Cougars, Platt led Houston to a 9-19 overall record and a 7-9 mark in the program's final season in Conference USA. Earning the No. 7 seed in the C-USA Championship, Platt led the Cougars to an exciting 3-2 victory over No. 2 seed Rice in Tulsa. Platt secured her 500th career victory and first win as Houston's head coach on Sept. 1 in a 3-1 win at Lipscomb.
Platt coached seniors Katie Norris and Chandace Tryon to All-Conference First and Second Team honors, respectively, while freshman Emily Howard was named to C-USA's All-Freshman Team. Platt also coached C-USA All-Academic Team member Stephanie Nwachukwu to the post season honor.
"We are so excited to welcome Kaddie, her husband Robert and son Robert Jr., into our family," Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades said. "When we began the search for a new head volleyball coach we naturally had certain criteria in mind. We wanted someone who fit the culture of Houston Athletics, someone that put the development of their student-athletes first, someone with great integrity who had experience growing a program, someone with great ties to our city and state's volleyball community and someone who had experience winning championships, with great success on and off the court and a proven winner. As our search progressed, Kaddie's name continued to present itself and after speaking with her, we knew we had found the perfect leader for our volleyball program."
Platt brings a wealth of volleyball knowledge and playing experience to the University of Houston after compiling an impressive 499-157 career record while leading the Huskies at HBU for 17 seasons.
"I would like to thank Mack Rhodes, T.J. Meagher, and DeJuena Chizer for giving me this amazing opportunity to lead the University of Houston volleyball program," Platt said. "I am honored to be a part of the University of Houston athletics department's vision and commitment to excellence. I am looking forward to working with the current players to compete for a conference championship next season."
During her tenure at Houston Baptist, Platt led the Huskies to eight conference championships, five regional titles and six appearances at the NAIA National Tournament, while also recording a National Runner-Up performance in 2002. For that effort, Platt was named NAIA National Coach of the Year and National Tournament Coach of the Year.
"The student-athletes' commitment to their University, their academics and the support from the entire staff makes it a perfect fit for myself and my family," Platt said. "My husband Robert and 13-year-old son, Robert Jr., and myself look forward to calling UH our new home."
She quickly became the winningest volleyball coach in HBU history after only two seasons. Platt was instrumental in Houston Baptist's return to the NCAA Division I ranks in 2007, tallying a record of 26-3. Since 2007, Platt led HBU to three 20-win seasons and comes to Houston after a 22-9 campaign in 2011, leading the Huskies to the semifinals of the Great West Conference Tournament and earning Great West Coach of the Year honors.
Platt is a 1994 graduate of Houston Baptist and played four years for the Huskies. She currently ranks eighth all-time in digs (1,193), eighth in solo blocks (98) and 14th all-time in career kills (740). After pursuing her master's degree in education, Platt was honored for her success on the court in 2000 when she was inducted into the HBU Sports Hall of Honor and the University's Walk of Honor.
"The University of Houston volleyball program is going in the right direction and I'm eager to share in the excitement and am looking forward to building on the tradition that is the legacy of Cougar sports," Platt said.