Kara Kiefer begins her second season with the Cougar Volleyball program, having joined the staff after a successful playing career at North Idaho College and Tennessee State University.
Originally from Rathdrum, Idaho, Kiefer played at Lakeland High, where she earned first team all-state and all-North Idaho volleyball honors as a senior. She also played on the 2001 and 2002 state champion basketball teams at Lakeland High as well as being an all-state selection in track. During high school she played on the North Idaho Volleyball Club for coach Bret Taylor.
At North Idaho College, Kiefer played two seasons for Taylor and earned All-Scenic West Athletic Conference honors as a freshman (second team) and as a sophomore (first team). She was named the MVP of the 2004 SWAC tournament as NIC won the team title. She helped lead the team to the 2004 Region 18 championship and NIC's first appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament where the Cardinals finished 10th. Kiefer was named the North Idaho College co-Female Athlete of the Year for 2004-05.
After receiving her associate of science degree from NIC in May 2005, Kiefer transferred to Tennessee State University where she was the starting outside hitter for coach Kathy Roulhac for two seasons. Tennessee State won the Ohio Valley Conference title in 2005. Kiefer earned her bachelor of science degree in elementary education in December 2008 and has been working in the Nashville area since that time.
Kiefer's coaching experience includes coaching the Nashville IMPACT Volleyball Club U-17 team and coaching at the University of Idaho 2008 summer camps. She also served as the coordinator of the Lakeland High summer camps for coach Claudia Ebel, as well as coached the U-18 Lakeland Volleyball Club team.
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