Courtney Nordby named NCTC head volleyball coach

Nordby becomes the ninth head coach in the history of the program.

THIEF RIVER FALLS, MN, Feb. 21, 2018 - Northland Community & Technical College (NCTC) alumna, Courtney Nordby, has been named the new Northland Pioneers head volleyball coach. Nordby becomes the ninth head coach in the history of the program.

Nordby, an Oklee, MN, native, was a five year starter for Red Lake County Central High School and as a senior was selected to the all-state team. From 2007 to 2010, Nordby attended the University of North Dakota where she earned a degree in Psychology and had an illustrious career as a member of the women's volleyball team. Following UND, Nordby continued her education at NCTC earning her Occupational Therapy Assistant degree. It was during this time at NCTC that Nordby started her coaching career working as the assistant coach for the Pioneers volleyball program from 2011-2015.

In addition to her success on the court, NCTC athletic director Mike Curfman also points to Nordby’s keen ability to connect with her players and develop them as student-athletes.

“While Courtney was here as an assistant coach, she made quite an impression on our student athletes with her volleyball knowledge and communication skills. We are very excited that she will be our next head coach and look for her to build on the strong volleyball tradition that NCTC has enjoyed,” said Curfman.

Nordby succeeds Abdul Chamma, who resigned after nine seasons and two national tournament appearances as the Pioneers’ head coach, and is excited to continue the strong tradition of the Northland volleyball program.

“I am excited for the future of this program and to build on the foundation and tradition already established by coach Chamma,” said Nordby. “Right now my expectations are just getting to know the team as well as the incoming class. Opening that line of communication and starting to develop that team bond that can play such a crucial role in the success of a team. Communication and competitiveness are the two key ideals I hope to help our athletes to achieve growth with. These ideals can be utilized on the court and in the classroom.”

Nordby will take over the Pioneers volleyball team coaching duties for the upcoming 2018 season. In addition to coaching, Nordby also works at Sanford Health as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA).

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Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, MN, and East Grand Forks, MN. NCTC also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, MN, and a satellite site in Roseau, MN. NCTC offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.) in more than 80 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. NCTC is a member of Minnesota State, the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit or call 1.800.959.6282.