Nebraska Cornhuskers Volleyball: Former Husker fired by Ole Miss

Volleyball player Kayla Banwarth addresses the media (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for the USOC)
Volleyball player Kayla Banwarth addresses the media (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for the USOC) /

One of the great former stars of Nebraska Cornhuskers volleyball is in quite a spot of trouble. One week after being suspended by Ole Miss, Kayla Banwarth has been officially fired.

While the reason for the firing isn’t known, the school moved rather quickly in the investigation that saw the coach suspended. Shortly after getting the news, Banwarth issued a statement talking about how much she loved her players.

"“I am grateful to the student-athletes for allowing me to be a part of their volleyball careers. Coaching volleyball is my greatest passion. I will continue to pursue that passion when the right opportunity arises. I am excited to see what the next chapter has in store for me and my family.”"

The former Nebraska Cornhuskers volleyball Libero was actually replaced by another ex-Husker. Bre Henry was named the interim coach of Ole Miss and will likely finish out the season leading the team.

Banwarth was seen as an up-and-coming coach coming into the 2022 season. The Rebels’ volleyball team has long been a program that’s struggled, as illustrated by its 1-19 record in her first season.

However, she managed to go 21-9 in her second season and took Ole Miss to the NCAA Tournament. The start to the 2022 season was once again rough, and Banwarth was 7-10 when she was suspended. The team has gone on a three-match winning streak since she was relieved of her duties.

Before the year took a turn, Banwarth did have a nice homecoming. She brought her new team to face off against the Nebraska Cornhuskers volleyball team. She played Libero for John Cook’s team from 2007 to 2010. She had also served as an assistant to Cook before taking the SEC school’s job.

“As always, I’m feeling an enormous amount of gratitude for Husker Nation, and the welcome that me and my team received,” Banwarth said during her return to the Nebraska Cornhuskers volleyball team’s home.