BLUEGRASS COLLEGE CAMP
Friday, March 8th, 2019
Camp open to all 14u-18u athletes.
Friday, March 8th, 2019
Kentucky Fair & Expo Center
Michelle Collier- Georgia Tech
Jeff Hulsmeyer- Florida State
Genny Volpe- Rice
Todd Dagenais- UCF
In her return to Texas in 2014, Tonya Johnson picked up right where she left off in 2008 after a five-year stint as the head coach at Georgia Tech. In the first two years of her return, she helped lead the Longhorns to a NCAA Semifinal appearance in 2014 and a back-to-back NCAA Final appearances in 2015 and 2016.
Prior to becoming the seventh head volleyball coach in Georgia Tech history on Jan. 9, 2009, Johnson spent six years at Texas where she helped lay the foundation of one of today’s perennial powerhouse programs.
Johnson previously served in the same capacity at UT in 2008, following a five-year stint as an assistant coach at Texas under Elliott. During her time in Austin, she helped guide the Longhorns to the 2008 NCAA Final Four following back-to-back Regional Final appearances in 2006 and 2007.
In five seasons at Georgia Tech, Johnson compiled an overall record of 85-72 including a 50-50 mark in ACC play. She coached 10 All-ACC selections, including four-time All-America Monique Mead, and guided the Jackets to the 2009 NCAA Tournament, their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2004. Under Johnson’s wing, Mead and Bailey Hunter signed contracts to play professional volleyball following their time at Tech.
Jeff Hulsmeyer begins his third season as Florida State’s associate head coach in 2017. Among his primary day-to-day duties include the continued development of the Seminoles’ setters, recruiting and maintaining the communication flow with future student athletes as well as the institution of the training program for the team as prioritized by head coach Chris Poole.
“I have personally known Jeff since he started coaching,” said head coach Chris Poole. “We both got into Division I Volleyball about the same time in the late 80’s. In fact, we coached against each other in the Sun Belt Conference. His teams were always exceptionally well prepared for matches.”
Leading up to gameday during the season, Hulsmeyer plays an integral role in the match prep and scouting of opponents for Poole. He also works primarily with the Florida State setters, which included the tandem of Brianne Burkert and Hailey Luke in 2015. His tutelage of Burkert resulted in her being named to the ACC All-Freshman Team after finishing top five on the team in six categories including assists (611) and assists/set (5.05).
Hulsmeyer’s work with Luke allowed the junior enjoy the best statistical season of her career as she dished out 729 assists (5.98 assists per set), including 453 assists in league matches. The combination of Hulsmeyer’s offensive schemes with the dual threat of Burkert and Luke allowed Florida State to post the best hitting percentage (.271) against ACC opponents in his first year on the bench.
Hulsmeyer brought his wealth of coaching experience to Florida State after serving as an assistant at Kansas State for six seasons (2009-14), helping the Wildcats to three NCAA Tournament appearances including a Sweet 16 berth in 2011 after being selected to finish eighth in the Big 12.
Rice head coach Genny Volpe just completed her 15th season at the helm of the Owls, one that will be remembered for quite some time and helped earn her Conference USA Coach of the Year accolades. The Owls swept the C-USA regular season and tournament titles for the first time in program history, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009 and the fourth appearance in school history.
The Owls went 24-7 overall and 13-1 in league play, while recording their fifth consecutive 20-win season under Volpe and the eighth of her illustrious career. Rice climbed as high as No. 30 in the NCAA RPI rankings and received votes in the AVCA Top-25 Poll.
Rice had two players earn AVCA All-American Honorable Mention honors in sophomore outside hitter Nicole Lennon and junior libero Lee Ann Cunningham. Lennon was named the C-USA Player of the Year, Rice’s first-ever Player of the Year award, and earned a spot on the AVCA All-Region Southwest Team, along with junior middle blocker Grace Morgan.
The Owls placed five players on All-C-USA teams, which included Lennon, Morgan, and Cunningham; while middle blocker Anota Adekunle and setter Carly Graham were selected to the All-Freshman Team.
Volpe helped lead the Owls to a 15-match winning streak midway through the season, establishing a new program record for consecutive wins.
The Owls finished the season ranked Top-10 in the nation in kills per set (7th-14.64), digs per set (8th-18.16) and assists per set (8th-13.74); the only team in the nation to lay that claim.
Todd Dagenais was named head volleyball coach at UCF in January 2008.
Dagenais’ name has become synonymous with UCF Volleyball. In ten years at the helm of the Knights, he has guided the black and gold into the elite club of nationally recognized collegiate programs.
Entering his 11th year in Orlando, Dagenais ranks third in program history with 185 victories. His .576 winning percentage (185-136) is the fifth best in the 43-year history of UCF Volleyball.
Dagenais’ tenure with the Black and Gold has been marked by a pair of trips to the postseason. In 2014, the Knights won the American Athletic Conference Championship and punched their first ticket to the NCAA Tournament since 2003. The wait for his second postseason appearance was far shorter, as the Black and Gold earned an at-large berth to the 2017 National Invitational Volleyball Championship.
Dagenais has mentored some of the best players in UCF history. In the AVCA, he has guided seven players to All-America honors and 11 to All-Region laurels. 23 student-athletes have garnered all-conference honors over the last 10 years under Dagenais.
Academics have been one of the major focuses since Dagenais set foot on campus in 2008. The Knights have kept at least a 3.0 GPA for every semester since May 2008. During that span, 62 Knights have earned a spot on an conference academic team.
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