From CU Sports
Kenton Means, Interim Sports Information Director
LAWTON – Cameron University Athletics announced this week that Tatiana Booth would be joining the staff as the head women’s volleyball coach. Booth spent the past three years as the head coach at Vernon College.
“Coach Booth is familiar with our program and student athletes,” said Cameron Athletic Director James Jackson. “She brings a great amount of volleyball knowledge and recruiting expertise to us; combine those attributes with her high-energy and I expect she will have the Aggie volleyball program back at the top of the Lone Star Conference. Needless to say, I am excited Coach Booth has decided to join the Cameron family.”
In her three seasons at Vernon, Booth’s teams went 76-40, with teams finishing in the top of their conference and making the postseason. Last season’s team went 27-12 and 7-5 in conference and made it to the second round of the NJCAA Region V North Volleyball Tournament. She also spent a year as Vernon’s assistant coach.
“I just want to come in and establish my own culture, a positive culture and a winning environment,” said Booth. “I expect my players to be disciplined and for them to put forth their maximum effort. If we as a team are leaving it all out on the court in both practices and games, we will become better as one.”
Booth inherits a young Cameron team that went 3-26 and 1-19 in Lone Star Conference play. That roster included one junior, five sophomores, and nine freshmen. Booth is excited to come in and work with the current players and to start recruiting.
“My first goal is to see what we do have at Cameron already. I know last year’s team was young, so being from the JUCO level, I want to try and find some experienced players in the recruiting process to go along with the young talent.”
Booth has some familiarity with Division II volleyball and Cameron as she was a key player at East Central Oklahoma, and even was recognized as an All-Great American Conference performer twice. She is also in the top-10 in the GAC record books in career attack percentage and postseason attack percentage. Booth even played against Cameron in 2010, recording 10 kills on 17 attacks with only three errors. She looks forward to working with everyone at Cameron and challenging herself by going from JUCO to Division II.
“When I came for my visit at Cameron, everyone was very friendly and honest with me. I had a lot of questions about the program and they answered each one. I see this as a new challenge for me, taking the step from JUCO to Division II, and I look forward to building as a coach.”