Brookings High School names Birgen as head volleyball coach

BROOKINGS – Tina Birgen has been selected as head volleyball coach at Brookings High School.

Birgen succeeds Jodi Melius, who recently stepped away after seven years in the position.

Birgen is a native of Brentford, S.D., and a 1996 graduate of Northern State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University in 2006.

At Northern State University in Aberdeen, Birgen was named to the All-Northern Sun All Conference Team, as well as Honorable Mention. Birgen was also elected twice to the NAIA District 12 All-District Collegiate Volleyball Team.

Birgen’s coaching background started as an assistant coach at Northern State University from 1996-1997. She then helped with the Aberdeen Central program as an assistant from 1996-1998.

In 1997-1998, Birgen took over the head volleyball coaching position for Warner High School, leading the team to a 22-7 record – the first winning season in school history.

Birgen taught physical education and served as the head volleyball coach for Aberdeen Central from 1999-2001, prior to her family relocating. During that time, she led the Golden Eagles to a seventh-place finish at the Class AA State Volleyball Tournament.

In 2012-2014, Birgen returned to the Aberdeen Central coaching staff as an assistant. The Eagles placed third and seventh at the State Volleyball Tournament and Birgen was named 2013-2014 Class AA Assistant Coach of the Year.

Most recently, Birgen has been an assistant coach for the Bobcats, helping them to a sixth-place finish this past season at the Class AA State Volleyball Tournament.

“Tina has been an assistant coach in the volleyball program while also teaching elementary Physical Education in the District,” according to BHS Activities Administrator Randy Soma. “Next year, she will be teaching high school Physical Education and Health at Brooking High School.

“Her competitive experience, knowledge and rapport with student-athletes made her the ideal candidate and we are very excited to have her leading our volleyball program.”


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