Grace names new Volleyball staff
Head Coach Becky Karsten
Becky is a Cornerstone University graduate (2007), with a degree in Social Work and Family Studies. She has worked at Grace Bible College since 2009, starting in Enrollment and now currently the Community Life Assistant, providing support for the Community Life staff as well as assisting students in daily needs both on and off campus.
Becky played volleyball at Zeeland High School from 1999-2003, winning a district title in 2002. She competed in AAU volleyball three seasons for clubs based in Jenison and Grand Rapids. For the past 11 years, Coach Karsten has played in competitive leagues, both indoor and beach, two to three times a week.
Becky lives in Hudsonville, MI with her husband, Paul, and enjoys photography, DIY projects, bike riding, cooking, and baking.
Coach Karsten's opening statement:
"I am honored by this opportunity to coach such an incredible and talented group of athletes. I have enjoyed getting to know these ladies individually over the past few years, but I am even more excited to develop these relationships as we work together to become a strong, cohesive team. The 2014 season will allow us to refine, and refocus our team goals as we build upon the solid foundation that has been laid for the volleyball program at GBC over the years. I am eager to see what God has in store for this upcoming season and I look forward to the memories that will be made both on and off the court."
Assistant Coach Emily Brown
Emily graduated with an Exercise Science degree from Cornerstone University in 2009 and is currently employed at Venture International in Hudsonville as a Research Analyst. She played volleyball at Zeeland High School from 2001-2005, and played club volleyball for two seasons for Zeeland Volleyball Club and Dropzone. Emily currently competes in both indoor and outdoor volleyball leagues throughout the year.
Emily was a four year starter for the Cornerstone Golden Eagles softball team, playing short stop and accumulating a career batting average of .324. She contributed to a Region 8 Championship title and National Appearance (2006), selected as Rookie of the Year (2006), and named to the All-Regional Tournament Team (2006). She was voted NFCA All-Region (2007), NAIA All-Region (2008), WHAC First Team All-conference (2007-2009), selected Offensive Player of the Year (2008-2009) and served two years as a team captain.
She resides in Grand Rapids and enjoys watching and playing sports, playing cards, reading, biking, playing guitar, and spending quality time with family and friends.