Started in 1994, the Arkansas volleyball team was considered a great addition to the Southeastern Conference and a wonderful expansion of opportunities for young women to attend college.
And, most of the experts thought it would be years, years, before the Razorbacks would become a contributor, and then maybe, a contender.
But the man chosen to build the program had a different idea.
Former head coach Chris Poole believed in the future. For the simple conviction that Arkansas would soon be competitive, he was accused of negative recruiting.
As it turns out, Chris Poole was wrong, but so were those who doubted Arkansas could compete. From the very first year, the Razorbacks didn’t just compete, the conquered the Southeastern Conference’s Western Division.
The volleyball wing of Razorback Museum salutes the Arkansas Miracle — and houses a portion of Coach Poole’s collection of nine SEC Western Division trophies and the only SEC Tournament trophy not residing in Florida.
I t also salutes the Razorbacks who built the foundation of the Best of the West, including all-Americans Jessica Field and Kim Storey.