Plymouth State names Chris Kilmer '99 Assistant Director of Communications for Athletics

Plymouth State names Chris Kilmer '99 Assistant Director of Communications for Athletics

Former women's volleyball coach to support athletics in newly created role

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Plymouth State University has named Chris Kilmer as Assistant Director of Communications for Athletics. In his new role, Kilmer will be responsible for all aspects of communications related to Plymouth State Athletics. He is also a member of the University's Title IX team and an adjunct professor in the Department of Health and Human Services. Kilmer is a 1999 graduate of Plymouth State.

            Kilmer began his coaching career at PSU in 1996 as an undergraduate student assistant when women's volleyball premiered as a varsity sport. While a student at PSU, Kilmer was a four-year member of the men's club volleyball team, serving as captain and club president from 1997 to 1999. After a successful tenure as head women's volleyball coach at Saint Michael's College in Vermont, Kilmer returned to his alma mater in 2011 where he has served as head coach of the women's volleyball team for the past seven years.

            "Chris is a natural fit for this newly-created role," said Director of Athletics, Kim Bownes. "He is a PSU alum and former student-athlete, and long-time teacher, mentor and coach, who is also familiar with the operations and communications sides of Athletics. He is dedicated to PSU and Panther athletics and will be a tremendous asset to our program as we continue to build and expand."

            In 2011 Kilmer earned Little East Conference (LEC) Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Panthers to the LEC regular season championship, which included a dramatic upset-victory over three-time defending champion UMass Boston, and the top seed in the LEC Tournament for the first time in program history. The team earned berths in the championship match of both the LEC and Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Tournaments and recorded a final record of 25-11.

            He guided the Panthers back to the Little East championship game in 2016 in the second of back-to-back 20-win seasons for the Panthers. In his seven seasons at the helm, Kilmer compiled a 131-93 record while his teams qualified for the LEC Tournament every year.

            "I am very grateful for the opportunity to support Plymouth State Athletics in this new role," said Kilmer. "While I will miss leading the volleyball program, I am excited to promote all of Plymouth State's fine student-athletes, coaches and athletic programs."

            "Chris brings a wealth of athletics knowledge and a strong commitment to PSU to this role," said Interim Director of Marketing Communications and Creative Services, Marlin Collingwood. "Having Chris as part of MCCS is an important step in integrating and centralizing all University communications."

            Besides his work as volleyball coach, Kilmer has served as sports information contact and director of hockey operations. Additionally, he has taught activities courses in Volleyball, Badminton and Walking/Jogging for Fitness in PSU's Department of Health and Human Performance. As one of the University's Title IX Investigators, Kilmer conducts interviews, identifies witnesses, writes reports on behalf of the University and serves as a panelist on student-conduct panels.

            A native of Essex Junction, Vermont, Kilmer and his wife, Anna, live in Campton with their two sons.


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