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Fries (pronounced freeze) is a North Carolina native originally from Winnabow and has extensive collegiate and club playing and coaching experience. As an opposite hitter and occasional lefty middle blocker, she was a four-year letter winner for Campbell's Fighting Camels and was voted MVP in 2002. Fries served as team co-captain in 2003 and earned academic all-conference honors all four years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.
Upon graduation Fries went to University of Florida where she earned a master's degree in sport management while also teaching volleyball physical education classes to undergraduate students. While in Gainesville she coached both club (Gainesville Juniors) and high school (Buchholz HS) volleyball and also served as an operations intern for the Florida Gators women's volleyball team in Spring 2006.
Fries began her collegiate coaching career at East Tennessee State (ETSU) serving as both an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for five years. In 2010, Fries was instrumental in the Buccaneers 26-9 season which landed them in the A-Sun Conference tournament championship.
From ETSU Fries went to Southern Illinois (Carbondale) where she served one year as an assistant coach before returning to North Carolina to serve as the assistant coach at Queen's University of Charlotte. During her tenure at Queen's she coached Triangle alum Elizabeth Bialkowski '12 and was promoted to Associate Head Coach in 2013. In 2013 Fries received AVCA's prestigious "Thirty under 30" award recognizing up and coming coaching talent at all levels in the sport. Fries served terms on AVCA's Assistant Coaches Committee and Division II subcommittee and was a member of the JVA subcommittee.
Fries returned to her alma mater in 2015 and currently serves as Campbell's Director of Annual Giving in the Institutional Advancement department. She and her husband Jared, live in Coats, NC with their two daughters Layla and Abigail.