BLUEGRASS COLLEGE CAMP
Friday, March 6th, 2020
Camp open to all 14u-18u athletes.
Friday, March 6th, 2020
Kentucky Fair & Expo Center
Steve Aird- Indiana
Kelli Miller Phillips- Ball State
Lindsay Allman- Indiana State
Randi Raff- University of Southern Indiana
Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fred Glass announced on Dec. 27, 2017, that Steve Aird is the new head volleyball coach at Indiana University. A two-time NCAA champion as an assistant coach at Penn State, Aird is an elite recruiter who has spent the last four seasons successfully turning around the Maryland program as its head coach.
“Being located in the middle of a volleyball hotbed and opening a new, state-of-the-art $17 million facility, it was important that Indiana University hire the right coach to lead our program into this exciting new era,” Glass said. “In Steve Aird we have found that person. He is an elite recruiter, a program-builder of the highest order, a great trainer and tactician, knows the conference well, connects with and graduates his students, and is regarded as one of the best young coaches in America. We are thrilled to welcome Steve and Brandy to the IU Athletics family.”
At Maryland, Aird inherited a program that not only went 13-19 and finished 13th in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013, but was also preparing the join arguably the nation’s best volleyball conference – the Big Ten. After winning just 10 matches overall and three in the Big Ten in his debut season, Aird quickly turned the Terrapins’ fortunes around. This year’s 18 wins represented the program’s most since 2010, while the seven conference victories was easily the most since UM joined the Big Ten. Notable wins this fall came against eventual Elite Eight participant USC as well as NCAA qualifier Purdue.
Kelli Miller Phillips
In her first four seasons as the head coach of the Ball State women’s volleyball program, Muncie native Kelli Miller Phillips has shown why she is considered one of the top up-and-coming coaches in the sport.
Recognized as an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Thirty Under 30 Award winner just prior to accepting the head coaching position at Ball State in 2016, Phillips has led the program to back-to-back-to-back Mid-American Conference West Division titles (2017, 2018 & 2019) after a runner-up finish in the divisional race her first year (2016).
More importantly, Phillips guided the Cardinals to the 2019 MAC Volleyball Championship title to earn the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship. It’s Ball State’s first MAC Tournament title since 2002 and the program’s first trip into the NCAA Tournament since 2011.
It’s not Ball State’s first postseason berth under Phillips, however, as the 2018 squad earned a trip to the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC).
Entering the 2019 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship, Phillips has guided the program to a 74-50 (43- 21 MAC) record as head coach, with the team’s 22 overall wins and 12 MAC victories in 2018 being the most for the program since the 2013 season.
As strong as her teams have been on the court, they have been just as impressive in the classroom. In each of Phillip’s first three seasons, the Cardinals earned the prestigious American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award. This past spring the program led the Ball State athletics department with a 3.707 team grade-point average and a 3.671 cumulative GPA.
Phillips has helped mentor libero Kate Avila to College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Second Team in both 2017 and 2018, while Ball State players have earned 23 Academic All-MAC selections and eight MAC Women’s Volleyball Distinguished Scholar Athletes awards during her tenure.
On the court, the 2019 Cardinals led the league with a 13.78 kills-per-set average and also ranked third in attack percentage at .221. Defensively, BSU’s backcourt averaged 17.54 digs per set to rank fourth in the league. All of this was done with a youthful squad which included nine true freshmen and one redshirt freshman. Speaking of the team’s underclassmen, thanks to her strong play in her debut season, outside attacker Natalie Rise was named Ball State’s third MAC Freshman of the Year and also earned First Team All-MAC and MAC All-Freshman Team accolades. Setter Amber Seaman was also named Honorable Mention All-MAC, while opposite Allison Hamaker and middle Marie Plitt joined Risi on the MAC All-Freshman squad.
Ball State finished the 2018 season as the league’s top-ranked offense with a .238 attack percentage and top-ranked defense with a 2.58 blocks-per-set average. For her role in leading the Ball State offense, Seaman became the first player in program history to earn MAC Setter of the Year accolades. Seaman also earned First Team All-MAC honors along with outside attacker Ellie Dunn and middle Sydnee VanBeek. In addition, middle Meg Starling was named to the All-MAC Second Team.
The 2017 Cardinals finished the year with one of the top offenses in the league, ranking second in the MAC in hitting percentage (.212) and third in kills-per-set average (12.95). Based on that offensive power, three members of the squad were named to All-MAC teams with outside/right side Brooklyn Goodsel earning First Team All-MAC accolades for the second straight season, while Dunn and Seaman were All-MAC Honorable Mention selections.
The 2016 season saw Goodsel claim her first First Team All-MAC honor after ranking seventh in league-only competition with a 3.19 kills-per-set average. Avila and middle Sydnee VanBeek also earned MAC All- Freshman Team accolades for their contributions on the court in 2016.
Prior to being named the head coach at Ball State, Phillips spent the previous six seasons as an assistant coach for the Cardinals, helping guide the program to a 119-68 (64-32 Mid-American Conference) record under retired head coach Steve Shondell. During that time, Ball State won the 2010 MAC regular season championship, earned an at-large berth into the 2011 NCAA Tournament and captured the 2013 MAC West Division crown.
Phillips also helped Ball State student-athletes earn 15 All-MAC First Team honors, five All-MAC Second Team accolades and three MAC All-Freshman Team awards as an assistant. A former collegiate libero herself, Phillips mentored then-senior libero Alyssa Rio to the 2010 Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) National Libero of the Year award. Rio finished her senior season ranked second nationally with a 5.86 digs-per-set average, and was a four-time MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week and a CVU.com National Player of the Week.
Phillips served as Ball State’s defensive coordinator for her first three seasons, with the team ranking in the top three in the league in digs-per-set average all three years. She assumed the duties of both offensive and recruiting coordinator in 2013. Ball State’s offense shined under her guidance, finishing first in the MAC and seventh nationally with a 14.84 kills-per-set average in 2013. In 2014, middle attacker Hayley Benson led the MAC in hitting percentage (.433) and was named an AVCA All-Midwest Region honorable mention. In 2015, Ball State’s recruiting class was recognized as the top class in the MAC and one of the top 55 nationally by PrepVolleyball.com.
Prior to coming to Ball State, Phillips was a student/volunteer coach under Purdue head coach Dave Shondell during the 2009 season. While working with the Boilermakers, she was responsible for scouting opponent hitters, reception rotations and servers. In addition, she developed and implemented serve receive and defensive drills. Phillips has also coached for the Munciana Volleyball Club as both a head and assistant coach.
Indiana State Director of Athletics Sherard Clinkscales announced February 7, 2017 that Lindsay Allman would become the ninth head coach in the history of the Indiana State Volleyball program.
She made an immediate impact in Terre Haute. In her inaugural season, Allman guided the Sycamores to a tied for fifth finish in the Missouri Valley Conference and led the program to its first-ever MVC Tournament win, a 3-0 victory over Drake.
“I am proud to announce that Lindsay Allman will be leading the Sycamore Volleyball program. Lindsay is an outstanding communicator, dedicated to the full student-athlete experience. She will build a championship culture on and off the floor,” Clinkscales said in the introductory announcement. “Lindsay embraces the challenge of competing in the rugged Missouri Valley Conference and to earn the opportunity to compete in the NCAA Tournament. She will be involved in this community and will grow the ISU Volleyball footprint across the Midwest.”
Allman moved to Terre Haute following a season as an assistant coach at Wake Forest, where she coached two players named to the All-ACC Freshmen Team in outside hitter Caroline Rassenfoss and middle blocker Caitlyn Della. It marked the first time a Demon Deacon had earned an all-conference honor since the 2014 season.
Along with coaching and recruiting responsibilities with the Demon Deacons, Allman also oversaw all camps as well as renovations to Reynolds Gymnasium, the home court of Wake Forest Volleyball.
Allman is no stranger to the Missouri Valley Conference as she spent three seasons at Bradley as the team’s recruiting coordinator. The 2013 season highlighted her time with Bradley as the team finished the season with 13 overall wins and seven conference wins, its most since 2005. The Braves also made their first Missouri Valley Conference Tournament appearance in eight years and had its first all-conference selection since 2006 in Amy Angelos.
In Allman’s first season, Bradley posted three road wins, matching the team’s road win total from the previous four seasons combined.
Prior to her time with the Braves, Allman had been a member of the Southern Miss staff for three seasons. In that time, she helped the Golden Eagles to a 63-32 overall record and the 2009 Conference USA regular-season championship.
University Southern Indiana
Randi Raff ’05 enters her first year at the helm of USI Volleyball in 2019 after being hired for the position in February of 2019. She becomes the 12th head coach in program history.
Raff, who played volleyball at USI in 2001, 2003 and 2004, returns to the Screaming Eagles after spending the previous three seasons at Georgia Tech, where she was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
At Georgia Tech, Raff assisted in putting together the Highest Honorable Mention recruiting classes in 2017 and 2018 per Prepvolleyball.com and helped the Yellow Jackets to their most victories in 12 years as they posted a 24-8 overall record and a 15-5 mark in ACC play in 2016.
Raff also coached two first-team All-ACC players as well as one honorable mention All-American and ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year. She coordinated and organized all recruiting activities, including identification of prospects as well as establishing and maintaining day-to-day communications.
Prior to Georgia Tech, Raff spent the 2015 season as the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach at Indiana after spending three seasons at Northern Kentucky University as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
During her time with Northern Kentucky, Raff helped the Norse to a 56-37 (.602) record in its first three years of NCAA Division I play, including the best start to any first-year Division I program (12-1 in 2012). She served as acting head coach for the program’s first-ever NCAA Division I post-season win, which came during the 2014 Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament—she filled in for Liz (Holmes) Hart, who was expecting the birth of her first child.
Prior to NKU, Raff spent two seasons at Division III Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. She helped lead the Captains to back-to-back 38-win seasons, including a national runner-up finish in 2011.
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