It’s understandable if UND wants to get beyond volleyball coach Ashley Hardee’s resignation and move on. But that mustn’t happen — at least not before an investigation has been completed, the university has reconsidered key policies, and the findings and any policy changes have been announced.
It will be a busy holiday season for the UND athletic department. UND now has two high-profile coaching positions to fill with the resignation of volleyball coach Ashley Hardee on Wednesday afternoon. UND already is searching for a head football coach to replace Chris Mussman, who was let go last month.
UND volleyball coach Ashley Hardee submitted his resignation on Wednesday, according to a release from the school. The resignation comes as Hardee is being investigated for a reported hit-and-run accident early Sunday morning while the team was in Portland, Ore., at the Big Sky tournament.
Ashley Hardee, who coached UND’s volleyball team to a share of its first Big Sky championship this season, is on paid administrative leave after an incident at the Big Sky tournament this past weekend in Portland, Ore. UND athletic director Brian Faison said Monday the coach is the subject of an internal review.
UND’s NCAA tournament dream is over. Idaho State convincingly ended North Dakota’s season with a 25-20, 26-24, 23-25, 25-12 victory in the semifinals of the Big Sky Conference tournament Friday night in Stott Arena on the campus of Portland State.
One thing is certain for UND heading into Saturday’s Big Sky Conference volleyball match against Southern Utah. North Dakota already has earned a spot in the semifinal round of next week’s league postseason tournament in Portland.
UND wasted no time Thursday night in making sure it will have a chance to accomplish a program milestone in two days UND swept Northern Arizona 25-15, 25-16, 25-18 at the Betty Englestad Sioux Center, a win that moves North Dakota to within one victory of clinching at least a share of the Big Sky Conference title.
In its Oct. 7 match at Northern Colorado, UND rallied from a two-set deficit to claim a 3-2 win — one that helped elevate North Dakota to the top of the Big Sky Conference. On Friday night at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, UND again trailed the Bears 2-0.
Midway through the third set Saturday against Montana State, UND volleyball coach Ashley Hardee called a timeout to give a proper ovation to senior Ronni Munkeby, who had just registered her 1,000th kill.
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