Kristy Duncan has been named the new head coach of the Loras College women’s volleyball team and senior woman administrator. Duncan comes to Loras after serving as the head women’s volleyball coach since 2014 at Illinois College and the assistant director of athletics since 2019.
“I am pleased that Kristy Duncan is joining Loras athletics,” Denise Udelhofen (’90), director of athletics, said. “Her passion for coaching and leading our volleyball student-athletes in a positive direction was evident during the interview process. With a strong background in NCAA Division III athletics, she will be an incredible addition to our staff.”
During her time as the head coach for Illinois College, Duncan led the team to back-to-back conference tournaments while also claiming back-to-back 20-win season in 2018-19 which was the first back-to-back 20-win seasons for Illinois College since 1995-96. The Lady Blues made an appearance in the Midwest Conference (MWC) tournament in 2018, the program’s first time since 2006, and had the highest team winning percentage since 1996. Illinois College also made the conference tournament in 2019 as the No. 3 seed and posted the school’s best conference record since 2003. Duncan received the Midwest Conference Coach of the Year award in 2019 for her great achievements as the head coach of the Lady Blues. Duncan finished with a career record of 92-77 overall in her six seasons and became the first volleyball coach at Illinois College to be over .500 since 2007.
In addition to her work as the head volleyball coach, Duncan served as the assistant athletic director at Illinois College. In this role, Duncan created specific programs for female student-athletes such as Women Talk Wednesday, a National Girls and Women in Sports Day Celebration, and Kids Camp. She assisted with creating curriculum for D3 Week, SID Appreciation Week, National Girls and Women in Sports Day and other events. Duncan was also the co-advisor and content creator for the Illinois College Athletic Leadership Academy.
“I would like to thank Vice President for Student Development/Dean of Students Art Sunleaf, director of athletics Denise Udelhofen and the rest of the search committee for the privilege of leading the Loras women’s volleyball program,” Duncan said. “This is an amazing opportunity and I feel honored to be chosen to help move the program forward. After meeting with the coaching staff and student-athletes, I am convinced that Loras is a special place. I am incredibly excited to start building relationships with the current members of the team and am looking forward to recruiting new Duhawks who will help us raise the bar as we work to win the American Rivers Conference title.”
A former NCAA student-athlete, Duncan played one year at Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) before transferring to Illinois State University. While at IWU Duncan helped the Titans win the conference title and advance to the NCAA Division III tournament.
A native of Decatur, Ill., Duncan earned her bachelor’s degree in education with minors in health, social science and coaching from Illinois State University before earning her master’s degree in sport, recreation and tourism from the University of Illinois.