Petree to Assume Senior Woman Administrator Duties for McMurry

Published 06/19 2014 05:17PM

Updated 06/19 2014 05:19PM

ABILENE, Texas – McMurry University Director of Athletics Sam Ferguson has announced that longtime volleyball coach Cammie Petree has assumed the additional role of Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) for the university. Petree will be coaching her 19th season for the War Hawks in 2014, the longest tenure of service to McM among any of the current head coaches on staff.

The SWA is the highest ranking female in each NCAA athletic department or member conference. The designation of SWA is intended to encourage and promote the involvement of female administrators in meaningful ways in the decision-making process in intercollegiate athletics. The designation is intended to enhance representation of female experience and perspective at the institutional, conference and national levels and support women’s interests. Daily responsibilities can include any department tasks and must include senior management team responsibilities.

Petree’s nearly two-decades of coaching at McMurry have come during three different stints at the helm of the volleyball program:  1984-86; 1996-2006, and; 2008-present.

Petree was a three-sport letterman at McMurry in volleyball, basketball, and track. As a volleyball player she was a four-time all-conference selection and was named NAIA all-region. She graduated in 1983 and is a member of McMurry’s Athletic Hall of Honor, when she was inducted in 2006.

In May of 2014, Petree was honored with one of the highest annual awards from the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), when she received its “Game Plan 4 Life Character Award.” The award recognizes NCCAA athletic mentors who epitomize the Christian character qualities of Love, Integrity, Faith and Excellence:

All of these factors made Petree the obvious choice to serve as McMurry’s SWA, according to Ferguson.

“I have been impressed with Cammie’s commitment to our scholar-athletes, our department, and McMurry University,” Ferguson said. “She not only has breadth of experience at McMurry, but also demonstrated character and the ability to be an advocate for our women’s programs. Her unique experience as a scholar-athlete and coach at McMurry, along with her dedication to the Division III philosophy, allows her to contribute in many ways to improving the McMurry athletics experience.

“But perhaps even more important is that she has a heart and love for this institution unmatched by very many; Cammie bleeds McMurry Maroon! She is a great example of Christ-like character and we’re blessed to have her on our team.”

Over her collegiate coaching career, she's posted a 317-215 record (earning No. 300 on September 13 of 2013 with a 3-1 win over Western State Colorado University). Petree notched coaching win No. 200 in 2009.

In 2012, Petree's troops breezed through the NCCAA regional tournament by going 4-0 and dropped just two sets. In the national tournament, the War Hawks won their first two matches, before suffering a loss in their third. With its back against the wall in the double-elimination event, McMurry reeled off three straight wins to claim the NCCAA national championship!

Petree was honored as the "National Coach of the Year" by both the NCCAA and the AVCA. She was also the NCCAA Central Region Coach of the Year in both 2012 and 2013.

Petree has coached a total of 34 all-conference players and 57 academic all-conference selections. Additionally in 2008, she had one of her players earn all-America honors for the first time, when Terah Brown was an honorable mention AVCA selection. M.J. Vickers was honored with the same award after the 2011 season.  Vickers joined fellow teammate Peyton Evans in NCCAA All-American status in 2012, and Evans repeated in 2013.

Under Petree's direction, McMurry won the ASC title in 1997 where her squad was a perfect 12-0 in conference play. After that, McMurry also won ASC West Division titles in 1998, 2002 and 2011.

Petree is married (Richard) and has two children, Megan and Austin, and four step-children.  She and her family live in View.

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