BLUEGRASS COLLEGE CAMP
Friday, March 8th, 2019
Camp open to all 14u-18u athletes.
Friday, March 8th, 2019
Kentucky Fair & Expo Center
Steve Aird- Indiana
Reed Sunahara- West Virginia
Kelli Miller- Ball State
Lindsay Allman- Indiana State
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.
Reed Sunahara enters his fourth season at the helm of the Mountaineers after being named the head coach of the West Virginia University volleyball program in March of 2015.
The 2017 season marked the first time in 26 years the Mountaineers made the postseason, with WVU reaching the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) Semifinals. West Virginia also won three of its last four Big 12 Conference matches, upsetting No. 14 Kansas in the team’s regular-season finale for their first-ever win over a top-25 team.
In Sunahara’s first three seasons, West Virginia has steadily risen in the Big 12, finishing the 2017 campaign in fifth for the first time since joining the league in 2012. Additionally, West Virginia’s 21-13 record is only the second time in program history the Mountaineers have won 20 or more matches since their move to big-time volleyball in the Big East in 1995. With 21 wins in 2017, Sunahara has earned his highest win total as head coach of the Mountaineers.
WVU also tied the team’s longest win streak since 2014 with a win over TCU on Sept. 20, 2017, notching 10 consecutive victories in the span of 18 days. However, the streak was snapped on Sept. 23, as the team suffered a heartbreaking five-set loss to No. 6 Texas inside the WVU Coliseum.
In her first two seasons as the head coach of the Ball State women’s volleyball program, Muncie native Kelli Miller 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, Miller led the program to the 2017 Mid-American Conference West Division title this past season after a runner-up finish in the divisional race her first year.
Entering the 2018 campaign, Miller has guided the program to a 32-29 (20-12 MAC) record. In addition, Ball State’s 19 overall wins and 11 MAC victories in 2017 were the most for the program since the 2013 season.
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.
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