March 16, 2005
Valdosta - Sia Poyer, the top assistant coach for volleyball at Eastern New Mexico University for the last 14 years, has been named head volleyball coach at Valdosta State University.
He will officially take charge of the 10-year-old program April 1.
Poyer has been involved with all aspects of the ENMU program, including recruiting and in-season and off-season training programs.
Last year’s team compiled a 25-9 record and advanced to the second round of the Division II Southwest Regional.
In the 14 seasons he has been associated with the program, the Zias have averaged 21 wins a year.
VSU athletic director Herb Reinhard is confident Poyer is the right choice to resurrect the Lady Blazer program, which has won only four matches each of the last two seasons.
“I am very excited that Sia has agreed to join our department,” Reinhard said. “He has a strong collegiate background and has been instrumental in building the very good Eastern New Mexico program. He has a wealth of recruiting experience and a real passion for the game.”
Poyer is a native of American Samoa who moved to Killeen, Texas when he was 9.
He has bachelor’s (physical education) and master’s (sports administration) degrees from Eastern New Mexico.
In addition to his coaching duties, he has taught in the university’s health and physical education department and directed the school’s intramural program.
Poyer is married to the former Jennifer Goble, a former volleyball and basketball standout at ENMU.
The couple has a son, Malkolm, 4, and is expecting another child later this year.
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