ATHENS — When Greg McGarity was hired as Georgia’s athletics director in 2010, the first major coaching move he made was in volleyball. Six years later, he will have to do so again.
Lizzy Stemke has been dismissed after six seasons as Georgia’s head volleyball coach, though it was officially termed a resignation. The Bulldogs’ season finished last Saturday with a loss in the SEC tournament, their record finishing at 13-18 overall and 1-17 in the SEC.
Georgia went 79-105 overall and 32-80 in the SEC under Stemke. The lone winning season came in 2013, when the Bulldogs were 22-10 overall and 11-9 in the SEC.
McGarity, who took over in August of 2010, fired then-volleyball coach Joel McCartney in the midst of a season that finished 15-17 overall and 6-14 in the SEC. McGarity subsequently hired Stemke, who had been an assistant coach at Nebraska.
Since then, McGarity has made changes in six sports: Football, baseball, gymnastics, women’s soccer, women’s golf and track and field, and last year longtime women’s basketball coach Andy Landers retired.
Now for the first time at Georgia, McGarity will be hiring a team’s coach for the second time.