SYCAMORE – Cassie Hunt liked Western Illinois’ campus, the coaching staff and the general way she felt when she was there.
The fact her high school coach played there was, as she put it, a coincidence.
The Sycamore senior right side hitter and setter signed her National Letter of Intent on Friday to continue her career with the Leathernecks.
“I really liked the coaches and the team,” Hunt said. “When I visited there, it really seemed like where I was supposed to be. And my coach also went there. It was kind of an easy decision.”
Hunt said she knew her coach with the Spartans, Jennifer Charles, went there during her playing days – she graduated in 2007. But Hunt said that wasn’t a factor in her decision, and Charles said she didn’t push any particular school.
“I wanted her to decide on her own,” Charles said. “When she said she was thinking about Western, I told her to go down there and check out the campus and see if she liked it. Then she sent me an email and said she loved it.”
Hunt said she also looked at Wisconsin-Parkside and the University of Indianapolis, both NCAA Division II schools, but said she did like the idea of playing at a D-I program.
“I think I would have more fun and enjoy being able to play at a level like that and everything that goes into it,” Hunt said.
For Charles, Hunt is the third signing in her two years as coach of the program and the first D-I signing. Last year, Val Hunt signed with North Central, and went on to earn all-conference honors. Earlier this year, Sycamore senior outside hitter Maizy Larson signed with Waubonsie.
“It’s a treat to see these girls go off and play somewhere that they really want to go to,” Charles said.