Troutman to play in Europe
Former Crook County High School and University of Portland volleyball star Hannah Troutman has signed a contract to play professional volleyball in Sweden.
"I'm really excited," Troutman said. "It should be a whole new adventure to see how I fit in playing overseas."
The 2018 graduate of University of Portland was a two-time All-West Coast Conference first team selection. She was fourth in University of Portland history in kills, fourth in points and ninth in digs, despite playing just three seasons at the university.
Troutman played her freshman year at Oregon State University, where the team reached the final eight in the NCAA playoffs, Oregon State's only NCAA playoff appearance.
Troutman was also nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year in 2018.
At CCHS, Troutman played on four state championship teams, and she was named Class 4A Player of the Year her senior season.
Troutman said that she owes her volleyball success to her family and coaches.
"I just have to thank everyone that supported me along the way," she said. "From coaches like Rosie Honl (longtime CCHS head coach, who just retired), Joel Kent (coach of the Rimrock Volleyball national team), and Brent Crouch (her head coach at the University of Portland), who did an amazing job and has taking me under his wing."
Finally, Troutman said that she wanted to thank her family.
"They have always supported me, and they are going to support me through this next step," she said.
Troutman will play outside hitter for the Lindesberg Volley BK Dam elit squad located in Lindesberg, Sweden.
Lindesberg Volley BK plays in the Swedish professional league, where they finished fourth a year ago. The season runs from October through early May.
Troutman will leave for Sweden early next week and begin practice immediately.
Although she had hoped to play volleyball professionally, Troutman had not expected the opportunity to come this quickly.
She played much of last season with an injured shoulder and had surgery to repair a torn labrum in March of this year.
She had planned on paying to travel to Europe in January to compete in what is called an exposure tour, a series of exhibition matches viewed by coaches, who then attempt to sign players they are interested in.
Instead, Troutman was contacted by some sports agencies late this summer to see if she would be interested in playing.
She recently signed with a small agency, who found her several potential places to play.
"I had a few agencies reach out, and then I got in touch with an agency that was smaller and a lot closer with their players," She said. "They tried to make sure that it was the right fit and stuff, so I got in touch with that agency, and they wanted to sign me."
Troutman added that once she had signed with the agency, they went to work looking for playing opportunities for her.
"I accepted the offer from Sweden because that's where I thought I would be happiest," she said.
Lindesberg is a town of less than 10,000 people located in a rural area of Sweden.
The city, which has a long mining history, is approximately a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Stockholm, Sweden's capital city.
Lindesberg Volley BK has been in existence since 1971 with both youth and adult teams.
The Dam elit team is the top team that the club offers.
Troutman is hoping to play in all six rotations. However, she added that she will have to wait to see what actually happens as she doesn't know many of the players and is unfamiliar with the system.
Still, she is confident that she will earn plenty of playing time.
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I couldn't pass up," she said. "I'm really excited to see where it takes me. It's either that I'm going to love it and I'm going to continue to play professional volleyball, or it's something that I'm finally going to realize that I can give up volleyball and start my life. So, both ways, it's a good experience, and I'm really excited about it."