Monday, 4 March 2024

International Volleyball

Shelton Collier relieved of coaching duties of Omaha Supernovas of Pro Volleyball Federation

Shelton Collier relieved of coaching duties of Omaha Supernovas of Pro Volleyball Federation

Shelton Collier visits with the media before the season opener/Matt Bills,

(This story has been updated with a news release from the Omaha Supernovas)

Just two games in and with a 1-1 record, the Omaha Supernovas have relieved Shelton Collier of his coaching duties.

In a statement Tuesday morning after this story was posted, the team said in a news release:

Today, the Omaha Supernovas announced head coach Shelton Collier will serve as an Advisor to the Organization, and named assistant coach, Laura “Bird” Kuhn, as the interim Head Coach. Additionally, former Creighton volleyball standout, Jazz Schmidt, joins the Supernovas’ impressive coaching staff as an assistant coach and operations assistant. 

Omaha, which opened the Pro Volleyball Federation inaugural season with a home, five-set loss to Atlanta before a crowd announced as 11,624, came back and swept San Diego last Saturday before a crowd announced at 11,403. Those are the two biggest crowds in the young PVF season.

The Supernovas, picked by the coaches in a preseason poll to win the new league, are home Wednesday for the Las Vegas Thrill.

Collier, 2022 AVCA Hall of Fame Inductee, previously coached at Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech and for the last 20 years of his career at Wingate University. He was hired by the Omaha franchise last May. Kuhn played for him at Georgia Tech. The coaching staff includes John Corbelli and John Xie.

More from the Omaha news release:

“With the Supernovas off to a tremendous start, we need to expand our operations in preparations for our immediate future needs. We are fortunate to have Coach Collier’s experience in moving into this role as Advisor to the Organization,” Supernovas President, Diane Mendenhall, said. “As Head Coach, Shelton has been a vital part of the formation of this team; helping us recruit a world-class roster that Omaha and our state have embraced. He also assembled an extremely talented coaching staff, whose collective skill sets, experience and dynamics, will continue to elevate the momentum in building a championship franchise.” 

This coaching staff expansion comes at a vital time for the Supernovas as the franchise operationalizes the next phase of the organization’s growth. In his new role, Collier will be evaluating players throughout the nation and internationally as Omaha prepares for the upcoming free agency and the Pro Volleyball Federation Draft. With Kuhn serving as interim head coach, a national search is…

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