Roanoke, VA - Hollins University has named Kayleigh Burke as the new assistant riding coach. Burke's duties will include: recruiting to the program, database management, communication with prospective student-athletes, cultivating a social media presence, as well as coaching and teaching. Kayleigh is slated to being her new full-time position on May 28th.
"We are delighted to welcome Kayleigh as our new assistant coach and recruiter." Head riding coach Sherri West continued, "Her skills complement those of our existing staff, giving us the capability to build upon the strength and tradition of this amazing program. Kayleigh's experience in marketing and social media development will enable the Hollins riding program to connect more effectively with prospective student-athletes in order to grow the program."
Burke comes to Hollins after spending the past several years at Virginia Tech, where she received her Masters of Arts in Communication. While at the Blacksburg institution, Burke spent two years as a assistant coach of the Hunter Team. Her coaching duties included, serving as a mentor and role model for team members, helping to coordinate team and one-on-one practice sessions, coordinate travel, as well as assisting in the selection of Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) team members, and monitoring the athletic performance of the student-athletes. In addition to serving as an assistant coach, Burke also worked in the Virginia Tech Department of Communications as a Graduate Teaching Assistant of Public Speaking.
Upon accepting the position, Burke expressed excitement to join the Hollins staff. "Hollins has always been the school that others aspire to be because if its exceptional coaching staff, horses, and care. I am excited to be a part of a program that is building great riders, students, and women."
Hollins riders have captured 19 individual IHSA national championships, four Fitch Trophy/Cacchione Cup Individual National High Point Rider championships, and numerous ODAC Rider of the Year awards. As a team, Hollins has won two national championships, qualified for IHSA Nationals 12 times, and won the ODAC championship 21 times.