USC Women's Volleyball Completes Staff Changes|
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Feb. 4, 2016
LOS ANGELES -- USC women's volleyball head coach Mick Haley announced the hiring of Kyle Weindel as a full-time assistant coach, the elevation of Jason Kennedy to first assistant, and the addition of USC great and two-time NCAA champion libero Nicole Davis as the program's volunteer assistant coach on Thursday, Feb. 4. The Women of Troy made changes to the staff following the departure of former associate head coach Tim Nollan who was hired as the head coach at Grand Canyon University in early January.
Weindel served as the team's volunteer assistant in 2015 and was officially hired on Jan. 15. Kennedy spent his first season as assistant coach in 2015 following four previous seasons as the technical director for both USC's men's and women's volleyball programs. His elevation to first assistant also means he becomes the Trojans' recruiting coordinator.
"It was very easy to choose Kyle Weindel to be our next assistant coach," said Haley. "During his time as our volunteer assistant, he had a big hand in improving our blocking and his ability to train players in the gym truly put his importance on display. The players were all impressed with his demeanor and respected his teaching ability. Having Jason Kennedy available to move into our recruiting coordinator role is great. He is also a strong presence in the gym and well respected by our team. Both coaches are young and aggressive so it's really like having three head coaches in the gym."
Davis retired from playing the sport of volleyball in the fall of 2015 following 11 years as a member of the U.S. National Team. She was USC's first-ever libero and helped lead the Women of Troy to back-to-back NCAA titles in 2002-03 during her junior and senior seasons with the program.
"To supplement our full-time staff with a dynamic female former-athlete like Nicole Davis is a real victory," said Haley. "Nicole won two national championships and two Olympic silver medals and the experience she brings is incredibly valuable. With our staff complete, I don't think we will skip a beat. What we need now is to get a little more experience as a group together and I think we will be functioning at a high level in a short time."
Among Haley's players from USC who have gone on to reach the coaching ranks, former team captain Kimi (Freeburg) Olson (2003-06) is now the head coach at Eastern Michigan. Katelyn Bishop (2004-07) is an assistant coach at College of Charleston. Alex Dunphy (2003-05) is assistant coach at Pepperdine and Alicia Robinson (2001-04) served as an assistant coach at CSUN for several years. Todd Dagenais, head coach at Central Florida, served as an assistant at USC prior to Nollan's arrival. Paula Weishoff, an assistant at USC (1997-03) was a head coach at Concordia-Irvine and at UC Irvine. Rob Machan (2000-04) is the head coach at Sacred Heart University. Chris Keife (2001-02) was an assistant with USC's NCAA title team and is now the head coach at Azusa Pacific University. Jonathan Scott (2008-11) served as USC's technical coordinator and is now the head coach at Point Loma. Brandon Crisp (2005-07) held a similar position to Scott and Kennedy and has served as the assistant coach at Cal Baptist and most recently at East Carolina. U.S. National Team assistant coach Jamie Morrison (2008) was an assistant at USC before joining Team USA. Similarly, Chris Jackson (2007-09) was an assistant for the Trojans before becoming an assistant at San Diego, and eventually for the U.S. National Men's Volleyball Team. Sara (Kidd) Matthews formerly served as the program's director of operations (2008-10) was an assistant coach at West Virginia and is now an assistant at TCU.
"We certainly wish Tim Nollan a lot of success," said Haley. "All of our assistants try to move through the ranks and become a head coach at some point. If we are running our program the right way, I think people should always be after our coaches. There are so many coaches out there who are either top assistants or head coaches who have come through this system at one point or another. It is a source of pride because it shows that this is a great opportunity, a great place to learn, and we have certainly been fortunate to have so many great people in these positions."
The Women of Troy claimed a share of the Pac-12 title with an 18-2 mark in league matches and received the No. 1 overall seed in the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship. Haley was named the Volleyball Magazine National Coach of the Year for the first time in his career and added the award to his Pac-12 and AVCA Pacific South Region Coach of the Year selections. He led the Trojans to a 33-3 overall record with a fifth appearance in the NCAA Regional Championship match in six years.
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