Nicole Solum is entering her third season as an assistant coach for the Winona State volleyball team in 2016.
In her first season with the Warriors in 2014, Solum - along side fellow first-year head coach Joe Getzin - quickly saw positive results, guiding a young WSU squad to a 19-8 record and the fifth seed in the NSIC Tournament. Solum helped coach true freshman Danielle Rampart to first-team All-NSIC honors and AVCA Central Region Freshman of the Year accolades.
In 2015 she was on staff as the Warriors continued to show improvement. Winona State had wins over highly ranked opponents and advanced to the NSIC Championship.
A native of Spokane, Wash., Solum spent the 2013 season as both an assistant coach and interim head coach at Valley City State University in Valley City, N.D. She coached the Vikings' Aurissa Martens, who received AVCA All-Region First Team All-American and North Star Most Valuable Senior recognition.
Solum has ties to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference as both a coach and a player. She was a graduate assistant for the Bemidji State University volleyball team for two seasons, where she was responsible for team practices, game film, recruiting, study hall and working camps and clinics throughout the year. Prior to that, she was a three-year player for the Beavers, spending the last two as team captain.
Prior to her playing career at Bemidji State, she played her freshman season at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Ore.
Moves into a coaching roll after three seasons with the Warriors.
Awards & Honors
NSIC All-Academic (2015)
2015: Played in three matches, starting all three ... 1.85 digs per set ... 24 total digs ... five set assists ... three service aces.
2014: Played in all 27 matches, starting 17 and played in 95 games in her redshirt freshman season ... a strong defensive presence for the Warriors with seven games where she recorded double-digit digs in seven matches ... set a career-high 18 digs against Sioux Falls and Augustana ... also was third on the team in service aces (22).
2013: Redshirted initial collegiate season.
High School: Three-time first team All-State selection ... All-Conference honoree in each of four prep seasons ... 2011 Winona Daily News Player of the Year after leading Wabasha-Kellogg to a state title ... three-time team captain and team MVP ... set school records in assists (4,173) and aces (253) ... fourth all-time in Minnesota state history in assists ... academic All-State honoree.
Personal: Born on Sept. 9, 1994 ... daughter of Tara and John Biever ... majoring in Elementary Education.