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Alumni Q&A: Faimie Kingsley

Dec. 13, 2017

Kingsley was one of the "150 Pioneers You Should Know", after earning honors as All-Sun Belt Conference First Team as a junior and was a finalist for the 2011 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year award. In 2011, she ranked fourth in the NCAA with 1.58 blocks per set and was named the team's MVP. She currently ranks second in Pioneers history with a .329 career attack percentage, second with 437 career block assists, second in total career blocks (492) and fourth in career blocks per set (1.32). She produced the top two single season block assists in school history in 2011 and 2012 with 160 and 159, respectively, as well as blocks per set during those years with 1.64 b/s (2012) and 1.58 (2011). 

1. Where are you now/What are you doing?

I currently am pursuing my M.S. in sports management and coaching volleyball at a private high school in New York City.

2. When’s the last time you were back on campus?
November of last year for the Summit League tournament. I just had to see Denver volleyball win its third-straight Summit League Championship!

3. What’s the biggest change to campus since you graduated?
There are so many awesome changes, I can barely keep count. I'm definitely a fan of the bleacher seat color change (yellow to crimson) and the volleyball court revamp.

4. Highlight/favorite volleyball memory from your time at DU:
There are a ton, but beating 19th ranked CSU on our home floor my junior year has to be at the top of my list. It was the first time the program ever beat a ranked opponent!

5. Favorite non-volleyball memory from your time at DU:
The Penthouse, and going to an Avicci concert at Red Rocks for my sports marketing class. Best mandatory event I've ever had to attend.

6. How would you summarize your time at DU?
The hardest, most worth it four years of my life. I made lifelong friendships, had some of the most unforgettable experiences on and off the court, came back from two ridiculous surgeries, and can truly say, left the program a better volleyball player and person than I was coming in. Former coaches and teammates, thank you for your patience!

7. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself as an AD/volleyball coach at a private high school.

8. What advice do you have for the current Pioneers about being a volleyball player and student-athlete at DU?
Being a student-athlete at DU is such an amazing experience; try not to take it for granted even on your toughest days. Networking is becoming less about who you know, but who knows you. Continue to build meaningful relationships with not just your awesome teammates and coaches, but also athletes outside your sport, people in the athletic administration, and your professors. There are a lot of great people around you if you make an effort to get to know them.

9. What advice do you have for the current Pioneers about life after college?

If you apply a lot of what you learn as a DI student-athlete - your work ethic, your time management skills, your adaptability, your humility, your willingness to learn, your resiliency, and your competitiveness - life after college becomes so much easier to navigate. Embrace new opportunities and don't be afraid to roll with the punches - everything happens for a reason. Lastly, remember to give back to DU volleyball whenever you can and no matter the amount. 


 

 

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