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ACC Network’s Katie George believes Craig Skinner deserves more national respect

Katie George, shown interviewing Shaquille O’Neal, was ACC Volleyball Player of the Year at Louisville but believes Kentucky coach Craig Skinner is under appreciated nationally based on all he’s done.

By LARRY VAUGHT

Former Louisville All-American Katie George knows that Kentucky volleyball coach Craig Skinner is respected statewide for the “remarkable” success he’s had making UK an annual volleyball power.

“But I’m not sure in the SEC or across the nation if he really gets all the credit he deserves for what he’s done,” George, who played against UK, said.

George was the Prep Volleyball National Player of the Year in 2012, Miss Kentucky Volleyball and a two-time state champion playing for Louisville Assumption High School. She was also ACC Player of the Year at Louisville.

“When I was in high school you could tell the Kentucky program was trending in the right direction,” George said. “He has built an unbelievable program. They are constantly in the top 25 and a national championship contender. That’s just a testament to him and his recruiting ability. Now Kentucky is a destination for a lot of people because it has been good for so long.”

George worked for WDRB-TV in Louisville before going to the Milwaukee Bucks as a sideline reporter for a year. Now she’s set to be the sideline reporter for the new ACC Network’s feature football game each Saturday night during the season as well as analyst for 20 ACC volleyball matches.

Before she left Milwaukee, she was attending a major sports award program in Wisconsin when a high school girl came up to her.

“She introduced herself and said, ‘I know who you are because of volleyball.’ I was sure she was going to know me from the Bucks,” George said.

She told George she was going to Kentucky to play for Skinner. The player was defensive specialist Maddie Berezowitz of Burlington, Wis.

“I just told her she picked a great university and program to play for. We talked volleyball for the next 20 minutes,” George said. “She was so excited and that’s just a testament to what he (Skinner) has done at Kentucky.”

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