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Bluejay volleyball coach Booth named Creighton Leader for Life

Kirsten Bernthal Booth has been named by the Creighton Public Honors and Events Committee as the University’s 2016 Leader for Life, an award recognizing women who have demonstrated outstanding and consistent support for women’s athletics at Creighton.In a 13-year career at Creighton University, volleyball coach Kirsten Bernthal Booth has amassed a school-record 262 wins, five NCAA Tournament appearances, three conference championships and the 2010 National Coach of the Year award.

She has built a winning program at Creighton, both on the court and off, elevating the Bluejays to national prominence in short order, taking them from a 12-18 team in her first season in 2003, to a consistent 20-win performer and a perennial conference and national contender. In 2015, Booth led her the program to its first-ever appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament after winning both the regular season and BIG EAST Conference tournament championships in both 2014 and 2015. In her tenure, Booth’s Creighton teams have also earned nine American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Awards and boasted two CoSIDA Academic All-Americans.

For all this, Booth has been named by the Creighton Public Honors and Events Committee as the University’s 2016 Leader for Life, an award recognizing women who have demonstrated outstanding and consistent support for women’s athletics at Creighton. Booth will receive the award at the Leader for Life Luncheon in May.

“When you talk about a winner, you talk about someone who, in all facets of life, seeks to elevate everyone else around them,” said Brandy Menaugh, Senior Woman Administrator for Creighton Athletics. “Coach Booth is an exemplary winner, leader and role model. She is a dedicated and successful coach but, much more than that, she is invested in the lives of her student-athletes and is most keenly interested in seeing that, beyond the volleyball court, these young women are going to make a difference in the lives of others.”

A former volleyball Academic All-American herself at Truman State University, where she still holds the career record for assists, Booth earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and was also a member of the Student Senate at Truman State. She holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Iowa, where she was a volunteer assistant for the volleyball team.

Prior to taking the helm at Creighton, Booth went 112-41 in three seasons at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her 2000 team was runner-up at the NJCAA Tournament and her 2001 team placed fourth nationally. Her 2002 club won 39 matches and had seven players earn academic all-conference honors.

At Creighton in 2003, Booth inherited a team that had won just three games the previous season. In her first season, the team tripled that win total. In her second, Booth’s squad won 18 matches, at that time the most in Bluejay volleyball history. The program became a consistent force in the Missouri Valley Conference, opened the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center in 2009 and began producing Academic All-Conference and All-American honorees at an historic clip.

“At Creighton University, we strive to recruit, retain, develop and graduate outstanding student-athletes,” Menaugh said. “Coach Booth understands what it means to be a scholar-athlete, she understands the mission and academic prestige of the University and she is able to lead by example having walked the path her student-athletes are now walking.”

Booth, who lives in Omaha with her husband, Erik, and their three daughters, will be presented with the Leader for Life Award at a luncheon in May.

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