WMU News

Kuharski returns in new role for Broncos

May 3, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Kelly Kuharski, former defensive specialist and team captain for the Bronco volleyball team, has returned to Western Michigan University as the most recent recipient of the Kathy Beauregard Athletic Administration Internship.

The Beauregard internship provides athletic leadership opportunities for graduate students through hands-on experience, thus enhancing their chances of becoming a top-level athletic administrator. Named for WMU's director of intercollegiate athletics, the internship is funded with private gifts.

Kuharski began her internship in April and expects to graduate with a master's degree in sport management in December. Most of her internship will focus on athletic fund-raising activities and events.

"Kelly brings a lot of energy to everything she does," says Beauregard, "and I look forward to working with her."

Kuharski studied broadcast/cable production as an undergraduate and earned a bachelor's degree in April 2001. A four-year starter and letter winner with the WMU volleyball team, she served as team captain for three seasons and earned multiple team awards for leadership.

The Broncos advanced to the Mid-American Conference tournament each of Kuharski's four seasons with the team, steadily improving from a 9-7 league record her freshman year to a 17-1 mark and the 2000 MAC championship in her senior season. The defensive specialist is in the Bronco record book with several single-match totals in digs. She carded 42 digs in the 1999 MAC tournament, fourth most in tournament history.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thomas.myers@wmich.edu

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