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Cal U volleyball coach leaving

| Thursday, March 28, 2002

CALIFORNIA - California University has lost one of its more successful coaches.

Limin Jin, who posted an overall 91-48 record in four years with the volleyball team, has resigned to take the same post at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich.

"We'll miss him," said California athletic director Tom Pucci. "He did an excellent job for us and left the program in good shape."

A resident of Monessen, Jin took the Vulcans to the NCAA Division II championships two years ago.

The Vulcans went 27-11 in 2000, losing to unbeaten and eventual champion Hawaii Pacific, 3-0, in the semifinals at Sioux Falls, S.D.

Last season California went 19-15, including 5-5 in the PSAC, and lost in the Atlantic Region semifinal to eventual champion Lock Haven.

A native of Hangzhou, China, Jin was a volleyball standout at the University of Hangzhou.

He coached in China for three years before crossing the ocean and becoming a graduate assistant at the University of Kansas for two years.

Jin was an assistant at William and Mary College for four years before landing his first head coaching job at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore. He was there for two seasons before taking the California post.

Jin will succeed Loretta Vogel, who resigned after going 32-54 in three seasons including 20-33 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference. The Warriors went 6-21 with a 2-15 league mark in 2001.

"We'll have a nationwide search for a coach and hope to name someone in May," said Pucci.

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