With an overwhelming amount of controversy surrounding the 2012 Cowgirl volleyball squad, a fresh start has been a welcomed one by UW.

The change has been warmly welcomed by new head coach Chad Callihan as well.

Callihan had coached at Georgia Southern University in the Southern Conference for the past five seasons.  He led the Eagles to a 107-59 mark during his tenure.

At UW media day Friday, Callihan said "the transition has gone about as well as one could have hoped and the people have been fantastic for both me and my family.  There's so many positives here in Laramie.  My family and I have fallen in love with the place."

Senior Middle Blocker Reese Plante told us the coaching change has been smooth thus far.  “Right now it’s going really easily.  We all really like Chad and the staff, so we’re just excited to get in the gym.”

The respect is mutual with Chad and the team.  "Off the court they're a great group, we really have a great bunch of young ladies.  They're very excited about the opportunity to compete at a high level."  Callihan added "If you haven't been (to a game) you certainly have to check it out.  The type of team we will put on the floor will be entertaining to say the least.

The Cowgirls open the season August 30th and 31st with a tournament at UW.  Stetson, Idaho, Montana State, and Drake will all attend the event.

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