BLUEGRASS COLLEGE CAMP
Friday, March 8th, 2019
Camp open to all 14u-18u athletes.
Aaron Smith was named the head coach of the Virginia volleyball program in February 2017 after serving as associate head coach for one season and assistant coach for four seasons. During that span, Smith helped guide UVA to three-straight winning seasons for the first time since 2006-08.
Smith was honored with the AVCA Thirty Under 30 award in 2013 as one of the country’s up-and-coming coaching talents under the age of 30.
In his time with the Cavaliers, UVA has seen improvement in numberous areas. Smith primarily works with the outside and right side hitters. Three players have joined the 1,000 kills club, with Haley Kole finishing her career ranked fourth all-time with 1,457 kills. Under his tutelage, Jasmine Burton earned AVCA All-East Coast Region Honorable Mention and All-ACC Second Team honors as a senior and was the ACC Freshman of the Year in 2013.
He also has been influencial working with the middle blockers. Natalie Bausback finished her Virginia career with 1,074 kills (13th) and 409 total blocks (8th). Anna Walsh played her freshman season under Smith’s guidance, earning ACC Freshman of the Week honors four times and being named the AVCA All-East Coast Region Rookie of the Year after totaling 301 kills with a team-best .354 hitting percentage and 100 blocks (4th among UVA freshmen).
As a team, Smith was part of guiding UVA to its best non-conference record (8-3 in 2015) since 2006 and a 10-3 record at home with six-straight wins to begin the season. UVA also ended a 17-match losing streak to Duke with a 3-1 win on the road. In 2014, UVA opened the season 6-0 for the first time since 2003.
Smith also saw the Cavaliers receive eight All-ACC honors, four AVCA All-Region honors, ACC Freshman of the Year and four players named to the All-ACC Freshman Team.
Trudy Vande Berg
An excellent young coach with tremendous coaching credentials, Trudy Vande Berg was named to the Big Red coaching staff prior to the 2012 season and was elevated to the position of Wendy Schaenen ’79 Head Coach Of Volleyball at Cornell in March 2015.
In her first three seasons at the helm, she has helped the team make great stride, with the 2017 proving to be the best campaign in more than a decade. Cornell finished the year with a 12-11 record overall and a mark of 8-6 in the Ivy League, tied with Harvard for third place in the conference standings. The eight Ivy League wins are the most for Cornell since the 2006 season, which was also the last time the Big Red finished in third place in the conference.
The accomplishments of 2017 came on the heels of a 2016 season in which the Big Red finished the year with a 12-12 record overall, posting six more victories than it did the previous year, the best single-season turnaround since the 2003 team went 21-4 following a 14-12 performance in 2002.
The seeds of the 2016 turnaround were sown in 2015 when Vande Berg brought in a recruiting class that was ranked among the top 90 in the nation, earning a high honorable mention distinction from PrepVolleyball.com. One of the youngest teams in the nation that season, Cornell was extremely competitive in each and every outing and of the 41 sets the Big Red lost on the year, one-third (13) came by just two points.
In her three seasons as head coach, the Big Red has garnered seven All-Ivy honors.
In her three seasons as an assistant, Vande Berg’s strong recruiting helped to establish the base on which her head coaching success has been built, as she was instrumental securing setter Allyssa Phelps and middle blocker Macy Wilson, who finished their careers as All-Ivy selections.
Kent Miller became the 10th head coach for Saint Louis volleyball on April 4, 2011. In his eight seasons, the Billikens have won 120 games (.611% in A-10 play), including two seasons with over 20 wins. The Anchorage native and Oregon State graduate has coached at least one first- team conference honoree for four consecutive seasons and an All-Rookie team representative in five of the past seven seasons. In total, Miller has coached 14 representatives on Atlantic 10 All-Conference Teams and 7 student-athletes on the All-Rookie Team. Other major awards as head of the Saint Louis volleyball team include one Conference Player of the Year (2016), three Conference Rookies of the Year (2013-14 and 2017) and one AVCA All-American (2016).
Prior to Saint Louis, Miller was an assistant coach at the University of Illinois. During his two seasons at Illinois, Miller helped the Fighting Illini reach two consecutive Sweet 16s and post a 50-15 record. He was the team’s recruiting coordinator and helped Illinois sign two classes ranked in the top 10. Miller played a significant role in the Illini reaching a No. 3 national ranking, and he coached four AVCA All-Americans, one Academic All-American and six All-Big Ten selections during his tenure.
Before coaching at Illinois, Miller recorded 136 wins as head coach at Toledo. Inheriting a program that had posted only two winning seasons in 17 years, he rebuilt the Rockets into a contender in the Mid-American Conference. In 2001, Miller led Toledo to a 17-11 record and the school’s first winning mark in the MAC at 10-8. The program experienced back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in 21 seasons in 2004 and 2005, and the team reached the MAC tournament semifinals both years. The 2005 squad registered 18 victories, the most wins for the Rockets since 1983. During Miller’s time at UT, the team set more than 20 school records including marks for kills, assists and service aces that still stand.
Miller was also an assistant coach on the USA Women’s National Team from 1987-96. He was an assistant under head coach Terry Liskevych on the 1992 U.S. Olympic team that won the bronze medal in Barcelona, as well as the 1995 World Grand Prix squad that won the gold medal. Miller also served on the 1990 World Championship team that earned bronze.
Through her first six seasons at the helm of the Yale volleyball team, Erin Appleman has already established herself as one of the most accomplished coaches in the history of Ivy League volleyball. She has won two Ivy League Championships and is the only volleyball coach in league history to win an NCAA Championship match, a feat she accomplished in 2004 and 2008. The second-winningest coach in Yale history at 107-44, her .709 winning percentage ranks her in the top 30 among active coaches in all of Division I.
In 2008, Appleman led Yale to its best season in program history. The 2008 Bulldogs posted a record of 21-6, won the Ivy League Championship outright with a 13-1 league mark and went on to defeat Ohio University in an NCAA Championship First Round match. Already the only Ivy League volleyball coach to win an NCAA Championship match (Albany, 2004), the win over Ohio also made Appleman the first coach to do so away from her team’s home court. Including the postseason victory over Ohio, Yale defeated three NCAA Championship participants in 2008. Additionally, five of Yale’s six losses came at the hands of NCAA Championship participants, including two setbacks at Penn State, the eventual undefeated National Champions. Appleman coached a trio of first team All-Ivy selections in 2008, including Cat Dailey, the unanimous Ivy League Player of the Year.
“Yale is a tremendous place to coach because of the personal makeup of our players — the student-athletes on our team know what it means to compete and set high goals or else they wouldn’t be here,” Appleman said. “Our players are dedicated and committed to each other and, because they love this institution, I have no doubt we will play to our potential and improve as a team every single year.”
The Bulldogs have won at least 10 league matches in each of the last five seasons and have been .500 or better in the Ivy League in every season under Appleman. Overall, Yale boasts a record of 65-21 (.756) against Ivy League opponents during her tenure. Her most recent graduating seniors posted a winning percentage of .730 (73-27), the highest winning percentage for any Yale volleyball class to have played four varsity seasons.
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