Friddle Named Head Men's Volleyball Coach

Friddle Named Head Men's Volleyball Coach

FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. -  Emmanuel College Athletic Director Nate Moorman announced today the hiring of James Friddle as the 3rd Head Men's Volleyball Coach. 

"We're excited to have James take over the men's volleyball program." Said Nate. "He comes from a very successful program at Palm Beach Atlantic and has had some phenomenal mentors during his coaching tenure. We're confident James will be a great addition because of his volleyball background and commitment to Emmanuel's core mission of Faith, Learning, and Living."

Friddle joins the EC coaching staff after a 5 year stint at Palm Beach Atlantic University where he most recently served as Interim Head Coach of the women's program. Prior to that, Friddle was a graduate assistant for the Sailfish from 2013-2015 before being named Head Assistant Volleyball Coach from 2015-2017. 

During his time at Palm Beach Atlantic, the Sailfish have had 5 very successful seasons including 5 NCAA South Region Tournament Appearances, and 2 NCAA National Appearances. Specializing in blocking, Friddle helped take the Sailfish from #111 in the nation in 2013 to #2 in the nation in 2016 for Blocks Per Set.

No stranger to the Conference Carolinas, Friddle is a conference alumnus himself who played on the men's volleyball team for King University from 2008-2012. During his time at King, Friddle established himself as the all-time kills leader for the Tornado men's volleyball program until 2017 while being named twice to the All-Conference team.

Not only a standout on the court, Friddle was named as an All-Academic selection by the Conference Carolinas as both a junior and senior. 

Friddle had the following to say, "I'm very thankful for the opportunity President White and Nate are giving to me. I'm excited the hiring committee could see the vision and direction I hope to lead this team. There's a lot of talent on the current team and I cannot wait to get started. My family and I feel very blessed that God has given us this new chapter in our lives."

Friddle was born in Greenville, South Carolina then later moved to Cartersville, Georgia where he graduated from Cartersville High School. He earned his Bachelors of Art in Finance with a minor in Coaching at King University (2012) and his Master of Business Administration from Palm Beach Atlantic University (2015).

Coach Friddle currently resides in Palm Beach, Florida with his wife Andrea and 9 week old daughter Delilah.

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