The first year of a coach’s program is always the hardest. “I think we can have a top-25 Division III men’s basketball program” at Macalester, a top-25 liberal arts college, Abe Woldeslassie, the Scots’ first-year head coach, has pledged.
So the secret is out — diversity in MIAC volleyball has arrived. Diversity “is something that is necessary to have teams and people who reflect the world, and be leaders,” said Graves.
Macalester hired Graves in 2017 as head coach to replace former coach Annie Doman, who took a position in the school’s career development center, making this Graves’ third return to the St. Paul school. She was Denison (Ohio) University head volleyball coach for two seasons prior to this as well as a member of the school’s Black faculty caucus.
No, it wasn’t the state’s only Division I school playing, but instead Hamline University, one of two Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) schools located on St. Paul’s Snelling Avenue just before the bridge that takes you to the State Fair. They were hosting Macalester College, which is a little over two miles and eight minutes away going south.