From a couple of coaches being hired, to teams traveling to the globe, to one player soaring to new heights, this is an update on NCAA women’s volleyball happenings.
COACHING CAROUSEL: Two schools have hired recently.
Jacksonvlille State, the Alabama school moving from the ASUN to Conference USA, hired Derek Schroeder. Schroeder has been the indoor and beach coach at Mercer the past six seasons and replaces Todd Garvey, who is now the head coach at IUPUI.
Schroeder previously was head coach at Samford. from 2008-20015. Last season Mercer finished 10-19, 6-10 in the SoCon.
He takes over a program that finished 24-6 last season, 12-4 in the ASUN. Jax State has been to the NCAA Tournament three times, in 2005, ’06 and ’09.
Charleston Southern hired Carry Brown, who has coached at Brescia University, Kentucky Wesleyan College and most recently Florida College. Last season her team finished 28-10, 12-1 in the CAC, and made it to the NAIA national tournament. She takes over a team that finished 15-16 last season, 8-8 in the Big South.
Dartmouth needs a coach. Gilad Doron resigned last week after seven seasons in which he went 70-76, 32-50 in the Ivy League. According to a Dartmouth news release, the former head coach at San Francisco left “to pursue other professional opportunities and take some time to spend with his aging mother in his native Israel.”
No coaches are listed on the Big Green website roster. Dartmouth, which has never been to the NCAA Tournament, finished 16-9 last season, 8-6 in the Ivy.
Among the openings in Division I are UCF, where Todd Dagenais left to become head coach of the Atlanta franchise of the Pro Volleyball Federation, and Louisiana-Monroe, which hasn’t replaced Charlie Olson, now the beach volleyball operationa director at Rally Volleyball.
GLOBETROTTING: NCAA teams are permitted to take an international trip once every four years. Most go with Bring It USA and friend of VBM Tim Kelly. And right now Bring It is pretty busy.
Kelly reported that Bowling Green landed in Berlin on May 8 and California Baptist arrived in Athens the next day.
Western Michigan started in Istanbul the day after that and then BYU got to Paris for a long layover before continuing to Egypt. And then Washington State got to Athens.
Along the way, of course, NCAA teams play against local club teams and many of the programs invite boosters and…
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