Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX (February 11, 2020) — The Hays County Commissioners Court proclaimed February 4, 2020, as Karen Chisum Day in Hays County in recognition of the Texas State University Volleyball Coach’s impact on women’s athletics. Coach Chisum retired from Texas State after the 2019 season.
Coach Chisum began her career at Texas State as an assistant coach in 1978 and was named head coach in 1980. The Texas State Bobcat volleyball team won nine conference regular-season titles, eleven conference tournament championships, and in 2018 earned the program’s first NCAA Tournament victory. She guided the Texas State Volleyball program past 20 wins in a season 26 times and holds a 919-559-3 career record as head coach, making her the third NCAA Division I coach to reach 900 wins.
Precinct 3 Commissioner Lon Shell said, “Coach Chisum is a living legend here, and is often regarded as the finest coach in the history of NCAA Volleyball.”
“I’m humbled to receive this,” Coach Chisum said, noting that she plans to remain involved in the community.
Coach Chisum’s dedication to Texas State University as both a student athlete in softball and tennis and as a legendary coach, has been recognized by the University as a Texas State Distinguished Alumni honoree and as the first female to be accepted for membership in the “T” Association’s Hall of Honor. Not only have Texas State Volleyball players excelled on the court, they have excelled in the classroom and the community, having been recognized for six consecutive years by the Sun Belt Conference for achieving a team GPA of 3.0 or higher.