Christi Posey enters her fifth season at the helm of the UMKC volleyball program after being named the new head coach of the Kangaroos on Feb. 14, 2011.
With the team’s success, Posey has moved into second place on the UMKC all-time wins list and is the only one on the list who holds a winning record. In her four seasons, she has amassed a winning record in three consecutive years after the program accumulated just one winning season in the 24 years prior to her arrival.
This past year, Posey guided the ‘Roos to the greatest season in the history of the program as UMKC claimed their first ever conference championship, winning the WAC regular season title. During the season, the ‘Roos won a pair of preseason tournament titles for the first time in school history with crowns at the CEFCU Classic and FGCU Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Classic, knocked off Missouri for the third time in school history and the first time since 1994 and set school records for overall wins (24), conference wins (12) and consecutive wins (17) leading to Posey being named as the WAC Coach of the Year.
Under her direction, Emma Hagedorn was named the WAC Player of the Year and was joined on the First Team All-WAC by Sydney Crimmins and Taryn Miller, while Melissa Hartsel was placed on the Second Team All-WAC. Miller, meanwhile, garnered AVCA Division I All-Midwest Region Honorable Mention honors and was named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District 6 First Team.
In 2013, the 'Roos finished with just their third winning record in school history and the first time ever finishing with a winning record in back-to-back seasons after the squad finished 15-14 overall. On the year, Crimmins and Miller each garnered Second Team All-WAC recognition and Kaylyn Brandt was named to the All-Freshman team, while Emma Hagedorn set the school record for blocks in a season and a game.
Off the court, Crimmins was selected as the WAC's representative to the NCAA's SAAC, while Crimmins, Miller, Brandt, Skyler Muff, Morgan Voorhes and Nicole Wemhoff all garnered Academic All-WAC honors.
In 2013, Posey guided the 'Roos to a 17-13 record overall, the second most wins in school history, while Emily Lucas was named to the First Team All-Summit League and Hagedorn was named Honorable Mention All-Summit League and to the Summit League All-Freshman Team. Muff, meanwhile, was named to a pair of preseason all-tournament teams, while Lucas and Miller were each named to one.
Academically, three Kangaroos were named to the Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence, while seven were named to The Summit League Fall Academic Honor Roll, including four as Distinguished Scholars.
In her first season as the 'Roos head coach, Posey guided the squad to a 12-17 record overall and a 6-12 mark in Summit League play, including five wins in their final seven matches. During the year, the first year coach saw five separate players named to all-tournament teams, while leading UMKC to a 3-0 record in the Radford Tournament, its first preseason title since 2002. Under her watch, meanwhile, seniors Christiana McQuin (blocks and block assists) and Nicole Kerkman (digs) each set new school records.
Academically, eight 'Roos were named to The Summit League Fall Academic All-League Team, including three as Distinguished Scholars, while the team claimed its third NCAA Public Recognition Award from the NCAA in the last four years after finishing in the top-10 percent in APR of all NCAA Division I volleyball teams for the 2010-11 season.
Prior to joining the UMKC program, Posey has spent eleven seasons as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at the University of Kansas, where she landed the No. 26 ranked class in the nation according to PrepVolleyball.com in 2010.
While at Kansas, Posey worked with the team’s setters and defensive specialist, while also serving as the team’s recruiting coordinator, overseeing the team’s managers, team room and camp administration, and acting as a liaison between the team and its sports psychologist, promotions department and the weight room
During her time on the sidelines, Posey oversaw the development of many impressive Jayhawks, including 2010 team members Melissa Manda and Nicole Tate. Under Posey’s guidance, Manda became the all-time digs leader at KU with 1,457 digs in her career, while Tate served as the team’s primary setter the past three season and was named to the 2008 all-Big 12 Freshman squad.
From 2002-05, Posey worked with Andi Rozum who became Kansas’ all-time leader in assists, as well as Jennifer Kraft, who was named 2002 Big 12 Defensive Specialist of the Year.
Prior to heading to Lawrence, Posey served as the head volleyball coach at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kan., from 1993 to 2000. During that time, Posey led the Huskies to KSHSAA state tournaments in each of her eight season, winning the state championships in 1996 and 1997, while finishing third three times. At Blue Valley Northwest, Posey also served as head girls’ basketball and assistant softball coach for the Huskies and was named a member of its inaugural Husky Hall of Fame class.
While coaching the Huskies, she was named the 1999 Johnson County Volleyball Coach of the Year by the Kansas City Star, the 1997 Coach of the Year by the Kansas Volleyball Association and Kansas Sport Magazine after leading her team to a perfect 44-0 record, including a second-straight KSHSAA state championship and the 1996 Coach of the Year by Kansas Sport Magazine and Sports Connection after guiding her team to a 41-3 record and the state championship.
Before taking over the coaching duties at Blue Valley Northwest, Posey served in the same position at Halstead (Kan.) High School from 1983-90 where she was selected to serve as head coach at the 1990 Kansas Volleyball Association’s annual All-Star Game after being named co-Coach of the Year by the KVA. Four times her squad’s qualified for the state tournament, including a third place finish in 1990.
In her 18 years as a high school coach, Posey compiled an overall record of 392-171.
During her college career, Posey lettered in volleyball and softball at Wichita State as a freshman and sophomore before transferring to Kansas for her final two years of eligibility, where she was a standout first baseman and outfielder for the KU softball team.
Posey, a Wichita, Kan., native, received a bachelor’s degree in education from University of Kansas in 1982 where she majored in physical education and minored in health education.