BLUEGRASS COLLEGE CAMP
Friday, March 8th, 2019
Camp open to all 14u-18u athletes.
Friday, March 8th, 2019
Kentucky Fair & Expo Center
Cathy George- Michigan State
Tom Mendoza- South Carolina
Mike Gawlik- Central Michigan
Colleen Munson- Western Michigan
Before arriving at Michigan State, Cathy George had already established herself as one of the more well-respected coaches in the sport. Her 13 years on the MSU sideline has seen the Spartans ascend to one of the elite programs in the country. With seven consecutive NCAA appearances under her belt (including three trips to the Sweet 16 and an NCAA Regional Final appearance in 2017), she has guided the Spartans to the most wins of any Michigan State head coach in program history.
More than just wins and losses, George has insisted on a level of accomplishments not only on the court, but in the classroom and community. George, her staff, and her players are mainstays in community outreach events, and can boast some of the most impressive academic accomplishments of any team at Michigan State. George’s players include 72 Academic All-Big Ten selections, three Academic All-Americans, and 20 Big Ten Distinguished Scholars over 13 seasons.
Every season, George’s teams have attracted rapidly growing crowds to Jenison Field House, ranking in the top-25 in Division I attendance in each of the last 20 years. The Spartans ranked eighth nationally in average attendance, (2,872), as 37,333 fans took in a volleyball match at Jenison Field House in 2015, the 11th highest total among Division I programs. The Spartans have set new attendance records in each of the last four seasons, with MSU setting a new single-game attendance mark at Jenison Field House in 2014, drawing 6,218 fans for an Oct. 3 match vs. archrival Michigan.
George currently boasts a career record of 621-398, and is 256-172 while at MSU. She ranks 19th among active coaches for total wins in NCAA Division I volleyball, and ranks among the top 80 coaches all-time with a career .609 winning percentage. On November 11, 2017, she became the winningest head coach in MSU history with her 251st victory as the head coach of the Spartans – surpassing Annelies Knoppers (250-197-18, 1974-84).
Tom Mendoza is entering his second season as the head coach for the South Carolina volleyball program. In his debut effort in the fall of 2018, he guided the team to its first NCAA tournament appearance in 16 years and an eight-win improvement from 2017. The Gamecocks jumped over 100 spots in the RPI rankings from year-to-year, and capped the season with a win over Colorado in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the team’s fifth tournament win in 46 seasons. The team’s 20 wins were the most since 2008. In SEC play, the team went from 5-13 to 10-8, its highest win total in a decade.
In the postseason of year one, Mikayla Shields and Mikayla Robinson made the All-SEC team, and Shields made the AVCA’s All-Region and Honorable Mention All-America teams.
Mendoza became the 13th head coach in Gamecock volleyball’s 45-year history on Jan. 3, 2018, coming to Columbia after two seasons as head coach at High Point University, where he led the Panthers to 47 wins and back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances.
“Tom is a teacher and strategist who has been successful in his coaching career recruiting and developing young volleyball players to become outstanding student-athletes,” South Carolina Director of Athletics Ray Tanner said after making the appointment. “I’m am looking forward to the impact that Coach Mendoza will have on our volleyball program.”
Mendoza’s High Point team won 24 matches in 2017, the second-most in the program’s Division I era. Thanks to an ambitious non-conference schedule that included wins over Oklahoma, Georgia and Ohio, the Panthers were in rare company as a mid-major program earning an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. It was the team’s third NCAA berth overall, and was the first volleyball at-large bid in Big South Conference history.
In the postseason, Mendoza was named Big South Coach of the Year and the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Southeast Region Coach of the Year for his efforts. The Panthers also had their first student-athlete earn regional honors, as junior Molly Livingston made the All-Southeast Region team.
Before taking over at High Point, Mendoza helped lay the foundation for one of the top indoor program in the country – Creighton University. He was with the Bluejays from 2010 to 2015, and rose to the role of associate head coach and recruiting coordinator during his final three seasons. His 2015 recruiting class at Creighton was ranked No. 11 in the country
Mike Gawlik enters his third season as the Central Michigan volleyball coach, coming off a year in which his Chippewas made major strides toward returning to prominence in the Mid-American Conference.
Gawlik’s 2017 squad finished 15-14, 7-9 in the MAC, and earned a berth in the MAC Tournament for the first time since 2012. It also marked the first time CMU has finished over .500 since 2012, and its third-place finish in the MAC West was its best since 2009.
The Chippewas won five of their final seven regular-season matches. That five-match win streak tied for the program’s longest since 2012.
Gawlik guided a team led by senior Jordan Bueter, one of the top players in program history. The two-time All-MAC First Team selection finished as CMU’s career leader in aces (160) and with 1,469 kills, good for third best in program history.
Gawlik returns a solid albeit relatively young nucleus in 2018, led by the likes of setter Grace Butler, defensive specialists Megan Kern and Emily Wenglikowski, middle blocker Jayla Wesley, outside hitter Kalina Smith, and Emily Wenglikowski.
Butler, a sophomore, posted 1,106 assists a year ago. It was the ninth highest total in program history.
Gawlik will look to blend those returns with a class of seven newcomers.
Gawlik became the fifth volleyball coach in Central Michigan history when he was named to the post on Jan. 28, 2016.
He led the Chippewas to an 11-17 finish in his rookie season after which, his 2017 recruiting class received an honorable mention from on the game’s authoritative websites, prepvolleyball.com.
CMU was one of 72 programs to receive honorable mention after a ranking of the top 30. NCAA Division I volleyball comprises 334 programs.
Gawlik came to CMU after serving as an assistant coach at Michigan State for 11 seasons. He helped lead the Spartans to nine NCAA Tournament appearances including three trips to the Sweet 16.
Colleen Munson enters her 14th season at the helm of the Western Michigan volleyball program in 2018. Her tenure at WMU has included a program record eight consecutive 20-win seasons from 2005-12 and nine overall trips to the Big Dance in 2008, 2011, and 2014, including a berth in the Sweet 16 in 2008. Furthermore, there is every reason to believe that Munson has constructed a team that will challenge at the top of the Mid-American Conference for years to come.
Taking over a program in 2005 that finished better than third in the MAC West just three times since 1990, Munson has led the Broncos to four MAC West championships, including an outright MAC title in 2008, a MAC Tournament title and trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2014, and NCAA Tournament at-large bids in 2008 and 2011. The Broncos have turned University Arena into one of the best home court advantages in the MAC under Munson, boasting a 115-36 record at home and a 137-71 mark against their conference foes.
Over the years, Munson has had the opportunity to coach players that have earned accolades on the conference and national levels. Under Munson’s tutelage, the Broncos have had 31 players earn All-MAC status; four players have won MAC Freshman of the Year, including Sydney LeMay in 2014; three players have earned MAC Defensive Player of the Year, including Lena Oliver in 2012; and the Broncos have dominated the MAC Setter of the Year awards, winning the honor in four of the last seven seasons. On the national level, Oliver was honored as a two-time COBRA Magazine National Defensive Player of the Year, and Ali Gossen and Kaycee Acree were both named to the 2012 USA National A2 Volleyball team.
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