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Susan Halverson-Maloney returned to life as a Buckeye in August 2015, signing on as an assistant coach. She was then promoted to associate head coach in the summer of 2017 after back-to-back trips to the NCAA Regional Semifinals. Halverson-Maloney had logged five previous seasons at Ohio State before becoming a full-time staff member, serving as the program's volunteer coach in 2012 and competing as a defensive specialist from 2007-10.
She was selected to the 2016 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) 'Thirty Under 30' list. Halverson-Maloney was the lone Big Ten coach chosen and one of just 12 Division-I honorees nationally. The AVCA 'Thirty Under 30' award was created to 'honor up-and-coming coaching talent at all levels of the sport.'
Halverson-Maloney has pushed the Buckeyes to the NCAA 'Sweet 16' in each of her two seasons as an assistant coach in 2015-16, five years after doing so as a team captain on the 2010 OSU squad.
Valeria León shattered the all-time Ohio State career digs record in 2016 under the tutelage of Halverson-Maloney, a former Buckeye defensive specialist herself.
Halverson-Maloney's previous two seasons were spent patrolling the sidelines at the University of North Texas as an assistant coach. She and the Mean Green racked up 22 wins in 2014 on the strength of Conference USA Player of the Year, Carnae Dillard. While living in the Lone Star State, Halverson-Maloney also continued her work with USA Volleyball as the Technical Coordinator for the North Point Volleyball Club located in the USA Volleyball North Texas Region. During her prior stint in Columbus, Halverson-Maloney was the System Coordinator (2011-13) for the Elite Volleyball Training Center in the USA Volleyball Ohio Valley Region.
During her playing career, she racked up over 600 digs playing in 117 matches for the Scarlet & Gray.
Before graduating with a Human Development and Family Science degree (specialization in Early Childhood Education), Halverson-Maloney was lauded as an all-around student-athlete, presented both the Corwin A. Fergus Award and Leann Grimes-Davidge Award in 2010. Fergus Award recipients `excel in athletics, achieve academically, demonstrate positive qualities of character and citizenship and show potential for success in a graduate or professional program.' Halverson-Maloney earned the Grimes-Davidge Award due to `outstanding qualities of athletic performance, scholarship, character, campus or community involvement and leadership.' She utilized the Fergus Award post-graduate scholarship in her completion of a master's degree in 2012 (Education with a specialization in Pre-k to 3rd Grade).
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