BLUEGRASS COLLEGE CAMP
Friday, March 6th, 2020
Camp open to all 14u-18u athletes.
Lindsey Devine was announced as the head volleyball coach at The University of Alabama on Dec. 18, 2018.
“We were very impressed with Lindsey’s experience and success on the college level, as well as her experience with USA Volleyball,” said UA Director of Athletics Greg Byrne. “She’s been able to compete at the highest levels both nationally and within conference play on a consistent basis. From talking with some of her former student-athletes, it was obvious she is a great coach and cares about the well-roundedness of her student-athletes on the court, academically and socially.”
Devine arrives in Tuscaloosa following a successful 16-year stint at East Tennessee State as its all-time winningest coach. Under her tenure, 28 players earned all-conference accolades, including three Player of the Year, three Libero of the Year and two Freshman of the Year award-winners.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be named the next head volleyball coach at The University of Alabama,” said Devine. “From the minute that I engaged in conversations with the search committee, to the moment I stepped on campus to visit, it was clear that The University of Alabama was comprised of very educated, passionate and committed individuals, who demonstrated a positive comradery of dedication to excellence. I would like to thank Director of Athletics Greg Byrne, Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator Marie Robbins and the entire search committee for communicating to me their vision for the athletic department with such passion and energy. There is already a great foundation in place for this program to be successful, and I look forward to building on that.
“I will always cherish my coaching career at ETSU. I am extremely thankful to Dr. Brian Noland, Scott Carter, Kay Lennon, Dr. Sander and all the student-athletes for helping me grow ETSU volleyball over the past 16 years.
“I would also like to thank my husband, Carl, and children, Megan and Owen, for their continued support over the years. We are all very excited about this next chapter and have already added ‘Roll Tide!’ to our vocabulary.”
During the 2018 season, she was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year for the second time in three years after leading the Buccaneers to a regular season conference title and its highest win total (28) since 1983. ETSU earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, the first team in Southern Conference history to do so, marking back-to-back postseason appearances for the Bucs.
Off the court, ETSU sported a 100 percent graduation rate under Devine and earned the AVCA Team Academic Award each of the last nine years, which requires at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade point average.
Over her 16-year coaching career at ETSU, she compiled the most victories by a coach in program history and directed the Bucs to their second NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017 after sweeping all of its opponents during a dominant run through the Southern Conference Tournament. She was the 2016 SoCon Coach of the Year after guiding the Bucs to a 21-7 regular-season record, including an undefeated 11-0 home record.
Since 2005, she had 28 players earn All-Conference honors including multiple Freshman of the Year, Libero of the Year and Player of the Year honorees. Three of her former players went on to play in the international ranks in Crystal Palmer (Croatia), Megan Devine (Sweden) and Meredith Hardy (Switzerland
Todd Garvey was named the seventh head coach of the Jacksonville State volleyball program on May 25, 2018, bringing a resume of tremendous success at the prep level as well as Division I experience as an assistant.
“We are excited to open this new chapter in our volleyball program and have Coach Garvey join us as our new head coach,” said JSU athletic director Greg Seitz at the time of his hiring. “When looking for a new coach, it quickly became clear that Todd was the perfect fit to lead our program. He has had great success on multiple levels and is highly respected across the country.”
Arriving just two months after an EF-3 tornado struck campus, Garvey’s first season saw plenty of obstacles to overcome including finding new meeting space, practice facilities, locker room, and game day venue. Using a temporary facility from the University’s physical recreation program, JSU finished his debut season 17-13 and 9-7 in Ohio Valley Conference play to earn the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament. The Gamecocks went on to beat SIU-Edwardsville for JSU’s first postseason win in nine years. Garvey’s first season concluded with three Gamecocks earning All-OVC status as well as seeing senior Mackenzie Rombach become the 20th Gamecock in program history to surpass 1,000 career kills.
Back in Pete Mathews Coliseum for year two in 2019, the Gamecocks exceeded all expectation from outsiders. Picked fourth in the preseason poll, Garvey’s group rolled off a 13-3 league record to claim the 2019 OVC regular season championship. JSU’s first title in 10 years. Garvey was tabbed the league’s Coach of the Year, while junior Lexie Libs was awarded the OVC Setter of the Year honor. Libs joined Kaylee Frear and Lena Kindermann as three first-team All-OVC selections. Frear, who reached the exclusive 1,000-Kill Club during her senior season, led a core group of seniors that fueled JSU’s run to the title and a 20-10 overall mark. The season came to a close in the semifinals of the OVC Tournament with a loss to Morehead State.
Garvey joined the Gamecocks from Lipscomb University in Nashville, where he spent the 2017 season as the Associate Head Coach. In his lone season with the Bisons, he coached the 2017 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year, Carlyle Nusbaum, who led the conference and ranked fourth in the nation with 5.22 kills per set. She went on to earn all-region honors and was one of 12 players named to the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team for its China Tour. Lipscomb posted a 16-13 record overall, featuring a 3-1 win over No. 24 Arizona.
Garvey made the leap to the collegiate ranks in 2015 joining the Purdue Boilermakers as volunteer assistant. He needed just one season to secure a full-time assistant position at Ohio University, where the 2016 Bobcats went 16-14 overall and 11-5 in Mid-American Conference play.
UAB Director of Athletics Mark Ingram introduced Amy Pauly as the eighth head coach in Blazer volleyball history on January 30, 2018.
Pauly enters her second season in Birmingham after leading UAB to an improved 13-15 record in her first season at the helm.
Pauly took the reins for the Blazers following six successful seasons as the associate head coach at Villanova. During that time, Pauly helped the Wildcats to 97 wins, an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015 and was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association 30 under 30 list in 2016, which honors up-and-coming volleyball coaches.
Under her guidance in 2017, Villanova earned one First Team All-Big East and one Second Team All-Big East selection. She was also instrumental in bringing in the first top-55 recruiting class in Villanova volleyball history.
Also in 2017, Villanova had four players with over 200 kills and six with over 100. The Wildcats also had two players with over 300 digs and six with over 100. While at Villanova, Pauly coached every position on the court with an emphasis on the libero and pin attackers.
Prior to Villanova she was a graduate assistant at South Carolina and a collegiate player at Alabama. At South Carolina she was responsible for coordinating practice schedules, travel arrangements and served as the director for the Gamecocks’ summer camps.
In her playing days at Alabama, Pauly was a libero for the Crimson Tide and reached three consecutive NCAA Tournaments. She still holds the Alabama record for digs in a career and a season, digs in a set and is fourth all-time on the Southeastern Conference’s career digs list.
Pauly has also previously been the head coach for the South Carolina Midlands Club, where she guided them to a third-place finish at the Palmetto Regional. She was also the head coach of the East Coast Power Volleyball club in Philadelphia and the assistant coach of 1st Alliance in Chicago.
She graduated from Alabama in 2009 with a degree in Communications and received a Master’s Degree in Sports and Entertainment Management from South Carolina in 2011.
Johnna Bazzani, an honorable mention All-American and two-time Mountain West Conference Setter of the Year, was chosen as Eastern Kentucky University’s head coach in December 2018.
In addition to her stellar playing career, Fouch had five years of collegiate assistant coaching experience and two years of experience coaching youth volleyball players throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee and North Carolina.
Bazzani also serves as the head coach of EKU’s beach volleyball team.
In 2019 her first season as head coach Bazzani improved the win total by four wins from the season before. Bazzani picked up her first win as a head coach against Gardner-Webb in a four set win on August 30.
Bazzani recruited Abby Noll who had one of the best freshman campaigns in the program’s history. The freshman won OVC Newcomer of the Week four times and was named first team All-Ohio Valley Conference. Noll finished third in OVC play with 4.12 kills per set and fourth in the OVC with 4.37 points per set. Noll finished with a team-best 375 kills on the year and second on the team with 294 digs.
Dena Tekavec led the back line for the Colonels, finishing fourth in OVC play with 5.06 digs per set on the year. The senior made an immediate impact for the Colonels posting a team-high 456 digs and 23 service aces.
Bazzani first joined the Eastern Kentucky program as a graduate assistant in 2014. She served as a full time assistant from 2015-2018.
“I want to thank the administration for this opportunity to lead the Eastern Kentucky University volleyball program,” said Fouch. “I am truly honored and excited to be chosen as the program’s third head coach, and plan to build on the legacy that coach Geri Polvino and coach Lori Duncan have establish here the last 53 years. Go Colonels!”
In her first season with the Colonels, the Redlands, California native helped the team to their first 20-win campaign since 2005 and a third place finish in the Ohio Valley Conference. Bazzani recruited and tutored setter Rachel Woody, the 2016 OVC Freshman of the Year who finished tied for seventh in the nation in triple-doubles.
As an assistant, Bazzani’s responsibilities included recruiting, scouting, video exchange, and on the court coaching, including working specifically with the team’s setters. In her five seasons on staff, she coached seven all-conference selections, helped the Colonels finish in the top four in the OVC twice and helped the team to four conference tournament appearances.
Since the summer of 2017, Bazzani coached young players throughout the region with the All-American Volleyball Camps.
At San Diego State University, Bazzani was a two-time All-Mountain West Conference selection and was chosen as the league’s setter of the year twice. Following her junior season, Bazzani earned honorable mention All-America honors and was an All-West Region selection by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
She led the Mountain West Conference in assists (11.84 per set) as a sophomore and finished third as a junior (10.88 per set). Fouch helped San Diego State capture the 2012 conference championship and earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament. She was chosen as the team MVP as a sophomore and a senior.
After her senior season at San Diego State, Bazzani was selected to participate in the European Global Challenge with the Mountain West All-Star Team. The squad captured the bronze medal at the event.
Bazzani received a bachelor’s of arts in communication from SDSU in 2014 and master’s of science in sport administration from Eastern Kentucky in 2016.
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