Kendall Bateman Joins USC Women's Volleyball Staff|
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Aug. 17, 2016
LOS ANGELES -- Two-time AVCA All-American setter Kendall Bateman will join the USC women's volleyball staff as the volunteer assistant coach for the 2016 season head coach Mick Haley announced on Wednesday, Aug. 17. Bateman has been in her role since the beginning of the month and replaces former USC libero and Olympic silver medalist Nicole Davis.
"Adding Kendall Bateman to our coaching staff is an absolute steal for us," said Haley. "She led our program to two final fours when she was here as a student-athlete and she was highly revered as a collegiate setter. Kendall was also a two-year Captain for our team. She will be working with our setters and we feel this is a great opportunity for her to continue to advance herself as a volleyball coach as she will be involved in all aspects of the team's development. We are very excited to have her on staff."
Bateman previously served as the team's graduate assistant during the 2012 season. Professionally, she played setter for Las Indias de Mayaguez in Puerto Rico for one season (2013) and made the league's all-star team.
Bateman has served as a coach for the Southern California Volleyball Club and has experience running club clinics and tryouts. Bateman was also a private trainer at Prime Athletes, a sports performance and volleyball training center in Lawndale, Calif. There, she coached and trained boys and girls, ages 8-18, from the South Bay, Los Angeles Westside, and Orange County areas.
At USC, Bateman finished her career as one of the top setters in school history, and still holds the school record for career assists (4,510). As a senior, she was named the Pac-12's Setter of the Year as she helped guide the Trojans to the second of back-to-back appearances in the NCAA national semifinals.
Bateman is also rated fifth in USC's career assists per set (11.25 aps) and is sixth on USC's single-season assists records (1,395). She received a degree in business administration from the Marshall School of Business in 2012 and completed a master's degree in communication management from the Annenberg School for Communication in 2014.
Internationally, Bateman is a two-time member of the U.S. Girls' National Team, and was part of the squad that finished 10th at the 2007 FIVB Girls' World Championship in Mexico. Bateman also helped the U.S. squad win the 2006 NORCECA championship.
In high school, Bateman was a two-time Mizuno/Volleyball Magazine All-American at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, Calif. She led her team to a perfect 37-0 record and the school's fourth straight state title as a senior. That year, she was named the CIF's Most Valuable Player. Bateman played for various clubs, including SCVC, and was chosen to the 2005 and 2008 Junior Olympics All-Tournament teams.
The seventh-ranked Women of Troy are one of five Pac-12 schools ranked in the preseason AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll and are tied for the highest-ranked league team with Washington. The Trojans will open the 2016 season as hosts of the USC Baden Invitational at Galen Center (Aug. 26-27). USC starts the year with an 8 p.m. PT match on Friday (Aug. 26) against Marquette, and will appear on Pac-12 Networks. UC Irvine and Santa Clara will also play in the season-opening tourney.
In 2015, USC 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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