Troy women’s volleyball coach Sonny Kirkpatrick has resigned, the school announced last week, effective immediately.
“It has been my honor to work at Troy University for the last 11 years,” Kirkpatrick said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and have met many great and supportive people. I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my life. I want to thank Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Jeremy McClain, Sandy Atkins and all the other amazing people that have been in my life. Amazing things are going to happen at Troy under their leadership.”
The team finished Kirkpatrick’s tenure with a thrilling 3-2 win over Appalaichan State that brought their overall season record to 10-23. Their 4-12 record wasn’t enough to qualify them for the Sun Belt Conference tournament, placing them 5th out of 6 teams in the conference’s East Division.
Kirkpatrick took over the program in 2006 after stints at Francis Marion and Lycoming. His career record in 11 seasons at Troy is 145-211, including just two seasons (2011 and 2012) with better than .500 records.
“I would like to thank Sonny for his commitment to Troy University and our student-athletes,” Athletics Director Jeremy McClain said. “He has been a great ambassador for many years for this volleyball program, and we wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”
Troy says that they will begin a national search for Kirkpatrick’s replacement immediately.