Traci Corey grew up in central California on a 40-acre ranch located in the rural mountain town of Prather. She competed in 4-H and FFA for 17 years, showing registered Hampshire and Suffolk sheep throughout the state of California. Traci attended California State University, Fresno on a full athletic scholarship playing volleyball, which began her more than 20 years of volleyball coaching and playing experience at the collegiate level.
As a setter for Fresno State University, Corey was a two-time team MVP, three-time scholar athlete, member of the All-Big West Conference team, and FSU female scholar-athlete of the year. Following her college playing career, Corey was drafted in the fourth round of the American Professional Volleyball League by the Portland Spikers and was setter for a United States representative team to Australia.
Corey was the founding head volleyball coach for Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she directed the team to a conference championship title, was named TCAC conference coach of the year, and coached the Bruins to a second place regional finish in just the third year of the program. During her tenure at Belmont she successfully navigated the team’s transition from NAIA to NCAA DI. In addition, her team was tenth in the nation for all NCAA DI teams with an overall team grade point average of 3.65 in 2001. Following Belmont, Corey served as head volleyball coach at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona, where she led the team from the bottom of the conference to the regional championship match in less than three years’ time. Corey has also served as camp director, coordinator and head coach for Yavapai College and Belmont University volleyball camps. She also served as a skills coach at the Brian Gimmillaro Volleyball Camp at Long Beach State University, Kathy Gregory College Prep Camp at University of California at Santa Barbara, Professor Lu Kang Volleyball Camp, University of Oregon Volleyball Camp, and Fresno State University Volleyball Camp.
She holds the Bachelor of Arts in physical education, recreation and health from California State University at Fresno, and the Master of Arts in education from Cumberland University.
Prior to serving Olivet College, Corey was the North Central Regional Manager for the Arizona Community Foundation where she oversaw the daily operations of the Yavapai County Community Foundation and led the implementation and execution of fundraising programs, including major and planned gifts to build local endowments that support nonprofits in Yavapai County. While working for ACF she was elected to the Northern Arizona Association of Fundraising Professional board and served as their secretary and vice president. She was also awarded the Northern Arizona New Fundraising Professional of the Year, and led one of four strategic planning statewide workgroups for the Arizona Community Foundation.
Since arriving at Olivet, Corey has supported their daughter Karli and her endeavors, including the creation of a national travel volleyball club, where Corey serves as the club director and 18’s head coach. In addition, she travels with President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., to visit Olivet alumni and special friends of the college. Corey also serves on a national presidential spouse’s task force with the Council of Independent Colleges. This task force determines the topics and speakers for the annual CIC President and Presidential Spouse conference.
Most recently, Corey has been commissioned as chair to lead a presidential women’s leadership initiative. She has engaged some of the most premier women leaders around the state of Michigan to serve on the Women’s Leadership Initiative Advisory Council. Corey also formed the Olivet College CWL Planning Committee that has planned an inaugural event, Cultivating Women Leaders: Embracing Our Inner Strength event to be held on March 3, 2017. This event will kick off the college’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, with long term hopes of building on a successful event, by potentially expanding and growing this effort into a sustaining year-long ongoing women’s leadership program serving women and girls from middle school to working professionals.