Saturday, 28 January 2023

International Volleyball

NCAA volleyball coaching carousel, transfers: Vandy, OU, Oregon St. fill openings

NCAA volleyball coaching carousel, transfers: Vandy, OU, Oregon St. fill openings

Athletic directors are finally filling the abundance of NCAA Division I volleyball coaching openings.

Since our last coaching-carousel report earlier this week, when UCLA hired San Diego assistant Alfee Reft, two more Power 5 jobs went to assistants.

One is a new job and one that has tremendous and exciting possibilties. Vanderbilt, the only SEC school without volleyball, is re-starting the program in 2025 and the school tabbed Kentucky assistant Anders Nelson to build from scratch.

Oregon State hired Pittsburgh’s Lindsey Behonick, meaning that half the teams in the NCAA final four lost their top assistants.

Not all the jobs went to assistants.

Oklahoma hired Loyola Marymount coach Aaron Mansfield.

There was also a new opening since our last report. Michigan on Tuesday announced it fired Mark Rosen after 24 years. That is one of two changes in the Big Ten after three last season. 

In the Pac-12, Washington remains open after Keegan Cook left for Minnesota and Arizona State has yet to hire.

In the Big 12, Kansas State remains open.

The SEC is all set. In the last coaching-carousel report we had that Texas A&M hired Jamie Morrison and Missouri tabbed Dawn Sullivan.

For the first time in a while, there are no head-coaching changes in the ACC.

Among the jobs open in Division I are Fresno State, Montana State, Nicholls State, Oral Roberts, Saint Louis, Southern Indiana, Texas A&M-Commerce, UIW, Louisiana-Monroe, UNLV and UNC Asheville.

There have also been some significant transfers that are sure to impact the 2023 season. And the 2022 season ended just a week ago.

Coaching Carousel

VANDERBILT: Vandy, which discontinued volleyball after the 1979-80 academic year, is bringing it back. Anders Nelson, who has been at Kentucky for 11 seasons, the past seven as associate head coach, gets to build the program from scratch at the only private school in the SEC. Nelson, 35, played at Ball State. He is yet another coaching product of Munciana to become an NCAA head coach, including Wisconsin’s Kelly Sheffield, Purdue’s Dave Shondell and his former boss, Kentucky’s Craig Skinner. Kentucky won the 2020/spring 2021 NCAA volleyball title. 

Vanderbilt has won national championships in baseball, women’s tennis and bowling.

OREGON STATE: The Beavers announced on Friday that Lindsey Behonick, Dan Fisher’s assistant for 10 years at Pittsburgh and at Concordia before that, takes over a program that finished 7-23 this season,…

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