December 25, 2023
It’s been since 2019 that VolleyballMag presented a College Coaching Hotshots list.
Just as a ton of new talent has come into the collegiate game in that timeframe, the same holds true on the coaching front, whether it’s veterans of the sport taking their game to the next level or newcomers getting their feet wet.
And as you will see, there is no shortage of coaching talent in NCAA Division I women’s, NCAA Division I-II men, and NCAA collegiate beach programs.
We initially asked sports information directors at the conference level to spread the word to their member institutions to nominate coaches for this list.
They did not disappoint. A big hats off here to the conference-level SIDs for helping get the process started and to the volleyball SIDs at these schools for finishing the job and submitting these up-and-coming coaching hotshots across the three disciplines. In addition to submitting the usual vitals, SIDs were asked to provide a summation as to why folks are worthy of being a Coaching Hotshot.
This list spans the gamut from the veteran unsung heroes, such as Wisconsin’s Gary White and Long Beach State’s Nick MacRae, to brand-new Santa Clara volunteer beach assistant Lance Muret, who by the way, was the final nominee, beating the submission deadline by 22 minutes.
We’ll do this again in 2024, also focusing on some high school and club coaching hotshots.
Tyler Adams, Gavin Watt, Kelsey Campeau
Adams has been part of 11 NCAA tournament appearances as an assistant coach and associate head coach, and he’s led the defensive charge for two nationally ranked programs. He serves as the Vols’ defensive coordinator and consistently has teams that rank inside the top three in blocks per set in their conference. Watt has been a part of the rebuild of Tennessee volleyball and has been in charge of the offense since arriving on Rocky Top. The Vols have ranked near the top of the country statistically in offensive categories, and he’s trained multiple all-conference setters. He’s also spearheaded the program’s recruiting. Campeau “has one of the brightest futures of any young coach that I’ve seen, and it’s because of her dedication to this sport, her drive to be a great learner and an abundance of experience and knowledge having been a player,” Tennessee coach Eve Rackham Watt said. “She’s embraced being a young coach and works really hard with our players, and…