Asbury Athletics Director Mark Perdue announced early in 2016 that Keith Stowe, who has served as an assistant for the Asbury women's volleyball team for the past five seasons, will take over as head coach starting in January.
Stowe will take over the vacant position left by departing head coach JP Rader. Rader, who led the Eagles to a record of 218-64 over the last seven seasons, resigned from his coaching position following the conclusion of his season to take a job in the educational field in Seoul, South Korea. Rader spent nearly 20 years in South Korea prior to returning to his alma mater to take over the volleyball program and departs as the winningest coach in terms of win percentage in the history of Asbury volleyball. Rader was also named the KIAC Coach of the Year twice in his seven seasons at the helm.
Stowe has been part of the AU program for almost all of Rader's tenure, coaching alongside Rader on the varsity squad and serving a role as the program's developmental JV coach in that time as well.
"We're excited to bring Keith on board to take over the position. He's been a crucial piece to the rise of Asbury volleyball over the past few years and will step right in to make a smooth transition," Asbury Athletics Director Mark Perdue said. "He will continue to push the Asbury mission through the volleyball platform, pushing for success on and and off the field."
Stowe brings a plethora of coaching and playing experience to the table as a coach for the Eagles. Not only has he served as the assistant coach at Asbury for the past five years but has spent time coaching clubs teams in Lexington, as a coach at top NCAA Division I volleyball camps, and as a high school coach in North Carolina. He also played at Texas A&M on the men's volleyball team for two seasons in 2000 and 2001.
He received a Bachelors of Science while majoring in Kinesiology from Texas A&M in 2002 and a Masters of Science in Recreation and Parks Management concentrated in Campus Recreation from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro in 2008.
"I am honored to be the head volleyball coach of the Asbury University Eagles. God has blessed me so much through this sport: my wife, family, and friends and I've been blessed to be associated with the Asbury Volleyball program as an assistant coach for the past 5 seasons," Stowe said when asked to comment on his transition. "I feel at home here. It is a joy to be associated with an institution that seeks to prepare its students to further the work of Christ. I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence this program has had."