BLUEGRASS COLLEGE CAMP
Friday, March 8th, 2019
Camp open to all 14u-18u athletes.
Friday, March 8th, 2019
Kentucky Fair & Expo Center
Chris Tamas- Illinois
Bill Ferguson- Wake Forest
Carlos Moreno- Arizona State
Paco Labrador- Navy
Chris Tamas is entering is third season as head coach of the Fighting Illini volleyball program in 2019 after being named to the position in February 2017. Tamas (pronounced Thomas) is the eighth head coach in Illinois history.
In just two seasons at the helm of the program, Tamas has made an immediate impact on Illinois volleyball and owns an overall record of 55-15 (.786), including a 29-11 (.725) mark in the nation’s toughest volleyball league, the Big Ten Conference.
Illinois experienced one of its most successful seasons ever in 2018 under Tamas, who was named American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Northeast Region Coach of the Year. The Illini made the program’s fourth-ever appearance in the NCAA National Semifinals as the No. 3 overall seed in the tournament – riding a 17-match win streak into the Final Four – and ended the season ranked No. 3 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Coaches Poll. The team registered a 32-4 overall record and finished in second place in the Big Ten Conference with a 17-3 mark, with the 32 victories ranking tied for fourth-most wins in school history.
Under Tamas’s leadership, the Illini collected a number of individual honors, highlighted by AVCA All-America First-Team selections in Jordyn Poulter and Jacqueline Quade – the first time in program history that Illinois has had multiple first-team honors in a season – as well as a Third-Team selection in Ali Bastianelli. Poulter and Bastianelli, who also garnered All-America Third Team honors in 2017, were also named Senior CLASS Award finalists and CoSIDA Academic All-District honorees. The trio also collected unanimous All-Big Ten First Team accolades, with junior Ashlyn Fleming named to the Second-Team and Poulter garnering the Illini’s first-ever Big Ten Conference Co-Setter of the Year honor.
In his first season at Illinois – and his first-ever season as an NCAA Division I head coach – Tamas led the Illini back to the NCAA Regionals for the program’s 17th Sweet 16 in its history. The Illini finished the 2017 season with a 23-11 overall record, including a fifth-place showing in the Big Ten Conference with a 12-8 mark as well as a final ranking of No.17 in the AVCA Coaches Poll.
Tamas came to Illinois following many years learning from some of the game’s great coaches, including John Cook at Nebraska and former U.S. National Team coaches Hugh McCutcheon and Ron Larsen. In all, Tamas will be entering his 11th year of collegiate coaching in the Fall of 2019, including two years at Nebraska, two years at Cal Poly, two years at Minnesota and two years at UC-Riverside.
Tamas is a 2003 graduate of the University of the Pacific with a degree in sports sciences. He was a four-year starter for the Tigers and a unanimous AVCA All-American first team selection and team MVP during his 2003 senior season. In four years with the U.S. Men’s National Team (1999, 2003, 2005-06), Tamas made 34 appearances, and, in 1999, helped the squad to a silver medal at the World Junior Championships in Havana. As national team captain in 2003, Tamas helped lead the United State to a bronze medal at the World University Games in Daegu, South Korea.
A training camp invitee for the U.S. squad that eventually captured the 2008 Olympic gold medal, Tamas also helped U.S. teams to silver at the 2005 World Grand Champions Cup in Japan and, as a setter, to a gold at the 2006 NORCECA Championships in Mexicali, Mexico.
As a professional, Tamas competed for six years overseas with clubs Protect Eye Orion (Netherlands), Antigos Alunos (Portugal), Real Grupo (Spain), Erdemir (Turkey), Dionysos (Cyprus) and Isku (Finland). In Finland and Cyprus, Tamas helped his clubs to national cup championships.
A native of Santa Barbara, California, Tamas and his wife, Jennifer (Joines) Tamas, have three children, Jimmy, Josephine and Carly. Along with serving as the Illinois volunteer assistant coach, Jennifer was also a volunteer assistant at both Nebraska and Cal Poly. She was a four-time All-American middle blocker at Pacific (2000-03) and silver medalist with the United States at the 2008 Summer Olympics while playing professionally for eight years in Japan, Italy, Russia, Azerbaijan and Puerto Rico. She was the U.S. Women’s National Team captain for four years.
Bill Ferguson, the former head men’s volleyball coach at the University of Southern California, was named Wake Forest’s head women’s volleyball coach on June 4, 2016.
Through two seasons at the helm of the program, Ferguson owns a 22-41 record (.350) with a 10-30 mark in conference play.
In his first season with the Deacs in 2016, Ferguson guided Wake Forest to a 9-22 overall record, highlighted by consecutive road wins at Virginia and Louisville.
Ferguson helped Caroline Rassenfoss and Caitlyn Della earn spots on the All-ACC Freshman Team. During the season, Rassenfoos took home ACC Freshman of the Week honors and Kylie Long won ACC co-Player of the Week. Off the court, Long and Rassenfoss earned slots on the All-ACC Academic Team.
During his second season in Winston-Salem, Ferguson helped the Deacons improve to a 13-19. The team also took home the tournament title at the Spartan-Demon Deacon Classic and the Wake Forest Invitational.
Ferguson helped senior Caroline Wolf break the program record for career digs, while Kylie Long moved into second place in team history for career kills. Long was rewarded with a spot on the All-ACC Second Team. She also made the All-ACC Academic Team along with Wolf.
Ferguson joined the Demon Deacons after a year as the women’s volleyball assistant coach at Cal State-Los Angeles. He was also a TV analyst on volleyball broadcasts in the ACC, Big 12 and Conference USA.
From 2005 to 2015 Ferguson served as the head men’s volleyball coach at the University of Southern California, compiling a record of 150-102. He led the Trojans to three NCAA volleyball Final Fours and a pair of runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2012. He was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2012.
Carlos Moreno enters his third season with the Sun Devil program as the Associate Head Coach – notably having served a brief stint as interim head coach in the latter part of the 2017 season.
“Carlos has played an integral role in our program’s development on a competitive, personnel and cultural basis,” said Tomasevic. “His exceptional knowledge of the sport, capacity to mentor and teach, and ultimately steadfast commitment to Sun Devil volleyball has proven invaluable.”
Moreno joins the Sun Devils after previously serving as a graduate assistant at Southern Mississippi University. Prior to his stint at Southern Miss, Moreno garnered coaching experience directing camps and clinics in his native country of Brazil, while also serving as the head coach of the University of Sao Paulo Women’s Volleyball Team from 2000 to 2002.
Preceding his coaching career, Moreno compiled a prolific playing career as a setter at Brigham University, garnering essentially every national award possible, including AVCA and MPSF Player of the year honors. A two-time All-American and the 2004 AVCA National Player of the Year, Moreno led the Cougars to two NCAA tournament appearances, including the 2004 National Championship, Final Four MVP and a pair of MPSF Conference titles.
Moreno earned a bachelor degree in advertising and marketing at Brigham Young University in 2005 and is currently finishing his master’s degree in Exercise Sciences.
Moreno’s playing career extended beyond the collegiate ranks, as the Brazil native competed 11 years professionally, concluding his career as a captain of TLM – Volley in France. Moreno was named to two all-star games and was named as one of the best setters at the 2013 CEV Champions League. He won three league championships, one in Brazil, two in France and another one at the European Championships when playing in Slovenia.
The son of Antonio and Selma Moreno, Moreno is the oldest sibling of six children. Antonio Moreno participated in four Olympics as a member of the Brazilian National volleyball team.
A native from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Carlos, his wife Maria Eduarda and their son Lucas currently reside in Tempe, Arizona.
Paco Labrador enters his first season as the head coach of the Navy volleyball team in the fall of 2018.
Labrador guided Wittenberg (NCAA Division III) to the 2011 NCAA Championship, two additional trips to the national championship match (2015, 2017) and a 455-71 record over his 15 seasons at the school. His career winning percentage of 86.5 percent ranks second among active coaches across all NCAA divisions and third overall in college volleyball history.
Included among Wittenberg’s successes over the last decade and a half are the Tigers winning at least 25 matches in 14 seasons with a minimum of 30 victories coming in seven years, compiling a 162-2 record (98.8%) in the North Coast Athletic Conference’s regular season and posting a 35-1 record (97.2%) in winning 14 NCAC Tournaments. Wittenberg also appeared in 15 NCAA Tournaments, was ranked among the top-10 teams in the final national ranking 13 times and attained a ranking of no lower than third on six occasions. This span includes the Tigers being the nation’s top-ranked team in 2011 and the No. 2 team in the country in both 2015 and ‘17.
Labrador was tabbed as the 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III National Coach of the Year, received a pair of AVCA Great Lakes Region Division III Coach-of-the-Year accolades and was an eight-time recipient of the NCAC Coach-of-the-Year laurel.
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