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Ben Somera Appointed Faculty Head Coach of Women's Volleyball at Wesleyan, Begins July 1, 2015

Ben Somera, most recently the head coach of women's volleyball at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I., has been appointed faculty head coach of women's volleyball at Wesleyan University for the 2015 season, Director of Athletics Mike Whalen announced. Somera steps into the post handled by Gale Lackey since 1984 as she announced her retirement effective at the end of the academic year. He is just the third-ever varsity head coach of Cardinal women's volleyball as Lackey assumed the reins in just the second varsity season, leading the program through 31 campaigns. Lackey has been coaching at Wesleyan since 1978, beginning with field hockey and women's lacrosse, before switching to volleyball after six years with field hockey. "I consider it a privilege to join the Wesleyan community," said Sommera. "I would like to thank Mike Whalen and his staff for the trust they have placed in me to lead the Cardinal volleyball program. Gale has been an outstanding ambassador for Wesleyan University and the volleyball program and I am honored to be a part of what she has built."

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