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By: Ryan Hartwig (@RyanHartwig)
GreenBayPhoenix.com

GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) - New Green Bay volleyball head coach Michaela Franklin announced on Tuesday the hiring of Patrick Bowlin as the team's assistant coach, beginning with the 2013 season. Bowlin spent the 2012 campaign as a volunteer assistant coach at Marquette, where Franklin worked as an assistant for the last four seasons prior to being hired at Green Bay on Jan. 8.

"I am thrilled to have Patrick join the Green Bay volleyball family," Franklin said. "Patrick brings a positive energy to the program along with a tireless work ethic. His passion, determination and commitment to success are the reasons why he is the perfect fit for our program."

Bowlin and Franklin helped guide Marquette to a 27-7 overall record and an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2012. The Golden Eagles went 13-2 in conference play, finishing second in the BIG EAST. Bowlin's primary responsibilities included on-court training, leading the scout team during practice, video exchange and opponent video breakdown. He also assisted with recruiting efforts, stat organization and running Marquette Volleyball Camps.

"Working with Patrick at Marquette was a great pleasure, and I am honored to be able to continue to work with someone with such high character," Franklin said. "His loyalty and kindness will make him a fantastic recruiter right away. He has done an amazing job of building relationships within the volleyball community in his home state of Minnesota, and I know he will continue to do the same in Wisconsin."

Prior to his time at Marquette, Bowlin worked as a student assistant coach at the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota during the 2011 season. Saint Benedict went 18-13, including an 8-3 record in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC), and earned a bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Bowlin also has coaching experience at the club level, serving as the head coach for the Saint Benedict women's club team in 2010-11. In addition, he has worked as a coach at a variety of camps throughout Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin.

A Winona, Minn., native, Bowlin graduated from St. John's University in Minnesota in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. He was also a two-year starter at outside hitter and setter on the St. John's men's club volleyball team from 2010-12.

Franklin took the reins of the Green Bay volleyball program from Debbie Kirch, who resigned from the position in November after 16 seasons to take an Assistant AD role in the athletics department. Franklin and Bowlin will welcome back senior setter Leah Poel (Jenison, Mich.), a group of four senior hitters that combined for 952 kills in 2012 and three other letterwinners.

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