|| 2004 Volleyball
Former AVCA All-American Nicole Branagh joins the Titans’ bench for her first season as a volunteer assistant.
Branagh played four seasons for Minnesota (1997-00), earning AVCA All-America second team honors in 1999 and 2000 and was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree at outside hitter (she earned honorable mention honors as a freshman), including winning Big Ten Co-Player of the Year honors as a senior. She helped lead the Golden Gophers to a pair of regional semifinals in 1999 and 2000 as well as a trip to the second round in 1997.
Branagh led Minnesota in kills in each of her four seasons, averaging better than five kills per game in her sophomore-senior seasons. Her 679 kills as a junior were second-best in the history of the program and fourth-best in Big Ten single-season history.
A member of the United States National Team from 2001-03, Branagh has played professionally in Japan and Italy, as well as with the Minnesota Chill of the USPV where she helped her squad to the title in 2002 and was named MVP of the Championship Tournament.
She will play professionally in Puerto Rico in 2005 and is currently honing her skills on the beach as a member of the AVP.
A native of Orinda, Calif., Branagh was a three-sport
standout at Miramonte HS (coached by Ken Ko), winning Tri-County Athletic
League MVP honors as a junior and leading her squad to a conference title.