By Brad Blume
Sports Information Director
South Dakota School of Mines
RAPID CITY --- The South Dakota School of Mines volleyball program and Lady Hardrocker head coach Beth Honaker are pleased to announce the addition of Luciana Camargo to the coaching staff.
Camargo is a familiar name to volleyball fans in Rapid City, spending the last five years just down the road at National American University --- as a player and an assistant coach.
Camargo just graduated from NAU this past spring with an Applied Management degree.
As an outside hitter for the Mavericks, Camargo was a starter for the team from 2002-05. She was also apart of the program in 2006 as an assistant coach.
“I think our girls already respect Luciana as a former athlete and in return will grow to respect her even more as a coach,” Honaker said. “Luciana brings a lot of playing experience to the team. She understands different situations and scenarios from an athlete’s perspective.”
Camargo grew up in San Paulo, Brazil, finishing high school in 2000. It was there that she learned her volleyball skills. But it wasn’t until she came to Rapid City that she was able to play the sport in an organized fashion.
“Playing at NAU, I (excelled) on offense, was able to jump high (at the net) and was a strong hitter and a pretty good passer,” Camargo said.
During her college playing career, Camargo was named an NAIA All American four consecutive years as well as earned All Region honors all four years she was competing (Region III).
“Luciana has a lot of knowledge of the sport and our girls are lucky to have the chance to learn from her,” Honaker said.
And 2006 offered Camargo a chance to experience volleyball from a whole new prospective, helping coach at NAU and bringing the Mavericks another national championship.
“I helped a lot with player workouts and recruiting,” Camargo said. “I was able to bring in three players that are on the team now --- good players. I also did other duties that an assistant has to attend to.”
Now apart of the Hardrocker program, Camargo hopes to project her love and talent for the game onto a new generation of volleyball players.
“I really like the game,” Camargo said. “I can’t play anymore, but (coaching) is something I am excited to do. I get a chance to assist coach (Honaker) and hopefully I get a chance to pass some of my experience on to the (SDSMT) players. I am excited to be here.”
The Hardrockers report to camp Aug. 11 and will get their first taste of action Aug. 24-25 at a tournament at Rocky Mountain College in Montana.
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