Kelci Yex | Assistant Coach
Kelci Yex begins her second season as an assistant coach with Griffon volleyball in 2018. She will coach the right side and middle hitters and assists the setters with in-game decision making.
In 2017, Yex helped coach one of the most historic seasons Missouri Western volleyball has ever seen. The Griffons won a NCAA tournament match, share of the MIAA Regular Season Championship and advanced to the MIAA Championship final for the first time in program history. Missouri Western also won 25 matches for the first time since 1997 and qualified for its first NCAA Tournament in 17 seasons.
Under her guidance, six Griffons were tabbed with All-MIAA honors highlighted by 2017 MIAA Freshmen of the Year Ali Tauchen and Rachel Losch at Middle Hitter and first team All-MIAA Stephanie Doak at Right Side. Tauchen was second in the MIAA for blocks. Doak ranked third in the conference for kills and Rachel Losch was ninth in hitting percentage for the league. As a team in 2017, MWSU led the conference in kills, finished second in total blocks and ranked fourth in hitting percentage, kills per set and blocks per set.
She spent the 2016 season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. Prior to Benedictine, Yex was at Missouri S&T serving as an assistant coach responsible for middle hitters, right sides and all blockers for three seasons. The Miners made the conference tournament every season and advanced to the NCAA Regional in 2014. She coached a two-time AVCA All-American and numerous All-GLVC players for S&T.
The former Kelci Wigger, a former MIAA student-athlete at Washburn, recorded 251 kills and 160 total blocks as a four-year letter winner. During her career, the Ichabods won four MIAA championships and qualified for four NCAA tournaments with a third place finish in 2007.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts of Kinesiology in Exercise Physiology from Washburn University. Yex began her coaching career at Shawnee Heights High School in Tecumseh, Kansas.
Anthony Winter | Graduate Assistant