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Meg Henican
Meg Henican

Hometown:
New Orleans

Position:
Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Notre Dame (2006)


Meg Henican enters her second season with the Green Wave in 2008. The New Orleans native was named an assistant volleyball coach at Tulane on August 21, 2007.

Henican assists in all facets of team training and competition. She is called upon for specific techinical training with the liberos and defensive specialists, including 2007 Conference USA Libero of the Year and AVCA All-America Honorable Mention Jenn Miller.

She is primarily responsible for player development, as well as the personal development of the student-athletes. Henican monitors the academic progress of the student-athletes and works closely with the academic student-services coordinator, and also coordinates the vast community service program of Green Wave volleyball.

"Meg is an extraordinary member of the Tulane volleyball family," says head coach Liz Kritza. "Her success at the highest level of college volleyball and her ability to teach young women to succeed make her a considerable asset to the program."

Her other duties include directoring summer volleyball camps, as well as maintaining administrative duties, such as coordination of team travel, liason with marketing, internal communications, and equipment. She is also the Tulane volleyball representative for the CHAMPS Life Skills program.

Henican played at the University of Notre Dame from 2002-2005 as a standout libero and outside hitter for the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame's all-time digs leader (1,783), Henican finished her career owning 22 of Notre Dame's 25 digs records. She was a First Team All-Big East selection in 2005, helping Notre Dame to its 15th-straight NCAA Tournament berth. The Fighting Irish advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2005, the Second Round in 2004 and 2002, and the First Round in 2003, with Henican serving as team captain in 2004 and 2005. In addition to her on-the-court prowess, she was also a Big East Academic All-Star in the classroom.

After graduating from Notre Dame with a dual degree in marketing and sociology, Henican turned down an opportunity to play volleyball professionally in favor of an appointment to Notre Dame's marketing and special events assistant position within the athletic department. Her primary responsibility was organizing and carrying out the Fighting Irish' season long celebration of the 35th Anniversary of Women's Athletics at Notre Dame.

"She is an excellent role model for any student-athlete. As we raise the level of this program, Meg helps our players accomplish their goals on the court, in the classroom, and personally. She has a superb background in volleyball, exceptional professional experience in Notre Dame's athletics Department, and is a true New Orleanian."

Henican grew up in uptown New Orleans, near the Tulane campus, and was one of the best volleyball players ever at Isidore Newman High School. She helped the volleyball team to a state title and was named an All-American by Student Sports Magazine in 2001. She also earned AAU volleyball All-America honors in 1995, 2000, and 2001.

Her grandfather, C. Ellis Henican, played from 1922 to 1926 and was inducted into the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame in 1978. He played football and basketball from 1922-26, and baseball from 1924-1926.

Her father, Joseph P. Henican III, and uncle C. Ellis Henican II, are both graduates of the Tulane School of Law.

August, 2008