BLUEGRASS COLLEGE CAMP
Friday, March 6th, 2020
Camp open to all 14u-18u athletes.
Dani Busboom Kelly, the 2017 AVCA East Region Coach of the Year, begins her second season as the Cardinals’ head volleyball coach.
Picked eighth in the 2017 preseason poll with a first-time coach at the helm, Busboom Kelly and the Cardinals battled their way to an ACC Championships, posting a 24-7 record, going 18-2 in the league. The lightly regarded team ended up winning two of the conference’s major postseason awards with junior setter Wilma Rivera being named as the 2017 ACC Setter of the Year with teammate Molly Sauer picking up her second ACC Defensive Player of the Year award. Louisville outside hitter Melanie McHenry joins Wilma Rivera on the First Team All-ACC winners, with Molly Sauer, Tess Clark, Maggie DeJong and Jasmine Bennett earned Second Team All-ACC kudos. Rivera was named as an AVCA honorable mention All American with Busboom Kelly taking the AVCA East Region Coach of the Year honor. McHenry and Rivera were both named to the AVCA All-East Region teams. The Cards caught the eye of USA Volleyball as Amanda Green and Molly Sauer both earned a berth on the US Collegiate National Team and toured Europe and China respectively and Busboom Kelly was named the head coach of the USCNT-Europe Tour where she led them to gold in the European Global Challenge. Her commitment to excellence in the classroom paid off as six Cardinals were named to the Academic All-ACC team.
UK all-time winningest coach
Two-time SEC Champion
13 straight NCAA Tournament appearances
2011 AVCA All-South Region Coach of the Year
2018, 2017 and 2015 SEC Coach of the Year
2006 USA Junior National Team Head Coach
Since being tabbed Kentucky’s head coach in December 2004, Craig Skinner has rejuvenated the Kentucky volleyball program into national prominence and is the program’s all-time winningest head coach. Skinner has directed the Wildcats to 14 consecutive NCAA Tournaments – a feat only nine other schools in the nation have achieved. That run includes four Sweet Sixteen appearances since 2009 and back-to-back SEC titles in 2017 and 2018. Furthermore, the Wildcats have captured 17 or more victories in all 14 seasons under Skinner’s direction, including tallying 20 or more wins in 10 of the last 12 seasons.
In 2014, a 3-0 victory over Georgia Southern gave Skinner his 211th win as the head coach of the Wildcats to become the school’s all-time leader in career wins. He will enter his 15th season with an all-time record of 328-118.
Skinner became the fastest coach in school allure to total 100 career victories in just his fifth season, and is the only coach in program history to advance to postseason play in each season at the helm. In 2012, Skinner notched his 100th career Southeastern Conference victory.
During his tenure, the Wildcats have amassed 15 All-America first, second or third team distinctions, while UK has hauled in 51 All-Southeastern Conference honors in his 14 seasons – including the 2018 and 2008 SEC Player of the Year, 2006, 2016, 2017 and 2018 SEC Freshman of the Year, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 SEC Libero of the Year and the 2005 SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
The Wildcats have enjoyed unprecedented success which has included a school-record run of 47 consecutive weeks ranked in the top 25 of the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, record-breaking attendance marks and a nine-time host of NCAA Tournament play including serving as one of four host sites for the 2017, 2015, 2013 and 2011 NCAA Regionals.
Skinner and the Cats reached the pinnacle of success in back-to-back SEC Championship winning seasons in 2017 and 2018. The Wildcats claimed the 2017 title and Skinner was tabbed the co-SEC Coach of the Year and led the Wildcats to the Elite Eight for the first time in modern program history. UK earned a top-four seed for the time ever after winning a share of the SEC title with an impressive 17-1 record. Two Wildcats – Leah Edmond and Madison Lilley – were named to an All-America team while Edmond earned first team. Madison Lilley won SEC Freshman of the Year, and Kentucky continued its dominance in the SEC Libero of the Year category as Ashley Dusek won her third straight.
Brandon Rosenthal recruits volleyball players to be a part of a legacy, not just a program.
As Rosenthal enters his 15th season as the head coach of the Lipscomb volleyball team he wants to leave a legacy that will not soon be forgotten. In other words, he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
Rosenthal was named American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) South Region Coach of the Year and was also selected as Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year for 2014. He also was named A-Sun Coach of the Year in 2009.
Overall, Rosenthal is 242-161 at Lipscomb, a .600 winning percentage. In the ASUN he holds a 137-40 record, a .770 winning percentage.
Jenni Grzebin, the 2017 Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year, became the 10th head coach in the history of the Bellarmine University volleyball program in July of 2013.
She will enter her eighth season in 2020.
Bellarmine recorded its third straight campaign of at least 20 wins in 2019 after the Knights went 20-11. Bellarmine also registered its third consecutive season of double-digit conference wins after going 10-5 in GLVC play. Not only was Jayme Scott named GLVC Freshman of the Year, she was honored as the Midwest Region Freshman of the Year by the AVCA.
Bellarmine went 20-10 in 2018 and made program history with an 11-match winning streak. The Knights posted their first back-to-back 20-win seasons since 1979 and 1980 while recording consecutive 10-win campaigns in the GLVC for the first time ever after finishing 11-7 in league play. Bellarmine delivered 3-1 victories over No. 15 Lewis and No. 8 Drury during the regular season. Senior Jordyn Kuchenbrod became both a three-time All-American and a three-time GLVC Libero of the Year while finishing her career fifth on the NCAA DII all-time digs list with 2,921.
The 2017 season marked a landmark campaign for Bellarmine. The Knights earned their first-ever berth in the DII NCAA Tournament after setting a program record for winning percentage (71.9) and tying the program record for GLVC victories (13). Bellarmine finished the year 23-9 overall, including an electrifying 3-2 win over top-ranked Lewis on Oct. 21. The Knights were showered with GLVC individual awards: Kuchenbrod was named Libero of the Year, Abbie Oetting was selected as Freshman of the Year and Grzebin was voted Coach of the Year. In addition, both Kuchenbrod and Margaret Horihan reaped All-America plaudits.
In 2016, Grzebin guided Bellarmine to 19 victories, the program’s most since 1998. Kuchenbrod was a unanimous selection as the GLVC’s Libero of the Year and became the program’s first All-American.
In her first season at Bellarmine, Grzebin led Bellarmine to 15 wins and a berth in the GLVC Tournament. That same season, Jaclyn Ohlmann was honored as the conference’s Libero of the Year.
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