SACKVILLE, N.B. – Paul Settle of Truro has been named as the new head coach of the Mounties’ women’s volleyball program.
Settle, who begins his role immediately, is excited about the opportunity.
“I’m really looking forward to coaching the Volleyball Mounties. Mount Allison is a great institution with a wonderful reputation providing a first-class education. Together, the academic and volleyball programs offer a complete university experience and a perfect environment for attracting talented recruits,” Settle said. “Mount Allison has had great AUS and ACAA teams in the past. I hope to be able to build upon that success and become ongoing conference champions and serious contenders nationally.”
Settle has a wealth of experience and training at several levels of volleyball, various other sports, refereeing, and education. With over 20 years of coaching and refereeing experience, he has a bachelor of education from Mount Saint Vincent University and an associate of education degree from Nova Scotia Teachers College.
Currently finishing his Level III National Coaching Certification Program in volleyball, Settle also holds his Level III in gymnastics and volleyball refereeing, his Level II in basketball, Level I in orienteering, and is a certified fitness instructor.
Since 1980, Settle has worked with the Chignecto Central School Board as both an elementary and high school teacher.
His coaching career has spanned 33 years, including his past five seasons, which were devoted to the Atlantic Collegiate Athletics Association women’s volleyball squad at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, now known as Dal Agricultural Campus.
Previous to this he spent a year coaching the men’s team at NSAC in 2002, the Hants East Rural High women’s team (2003-2010), the Cobequid Educational Centre (CEC) women’s team (1997-2001), and the East Pictou Rural High women’s program from 1994-1996. He also coached in various boys’ and girls’ club programs for Volleyball Nova Scotia.
A past coach and coordinator with provincial programs and Canada Games selection camps in Nova Scotia, Settle worked the CEC Cougar Volleyball camps, the University of New Brunswick camps, and most recently his own DalAC volleyball camp.
Settle has won several provincial championship titles and he has been recognized for his contributions to coaching and teaching through the CAPHER Excellence in Teaching Physical Education Award and the CEC Coaching Excellence honour.
“We are excited to welcome Paul as the new head coach of our Mounties’ volleyball program,” commented university athletics and recreation director. “He has a great background in coaching and teaching and a proven record of building successful programs. Paul brings a relentless work ethic and attention to detail that will be very good for our program. We are serious about continuing our competitive success with the women’s volleyball program and I have great confidence that Paul can continue to elevate the success of our team.”
Settle takes over from Andrew Kennedy, who is stepping down after 10 years as head coach. During that span, Kennedy was honoured as the conference coach of the year once and the Mounties won three ACAA championships while making the conference playoffs 10 times.