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In her first seven years at the helm, Christy Johnson-Lynch has elevated the program to heights never seen before, culminating with NCAA Regional Final finishes in 2008 and 2011 and a pair of regional semifinal finishes (2007, 2009). Johnson-Lynch has posted a 150-73 record in her first seven years at ISU, reaching milestone win 100 faster than any coach in school history and breaking the all-time wins record in 2011. In 2009, Johnson-Lynch was named Big 12 Coach of the Year after going 17-3 in conference play. Her 2011 Cyclone squad earned their second Elite Eight birth in four years and became just the second team in program history to record 25 wins in a season. Johnson-Lynch also led the squad to a program-record tying five wins over top 25 opponents, including a 3-2 come-from-behind win at No. 9 Florida on Labor Day. Under Johnson-Lynch, the Cyclones garnered numerous individual honors in 2011 including four American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Americans, the Big 12 Libero of the Year (Kristen Hahn), three First Team All-Big 12 selections, a school-record 10 Academic All-Big 12 nods and six weekly conference awards. She has mentored the only eight AVCA All-Americans in school history.
The infusion of talent has reached record heights as ISU has inked four-straight top-25 recruiting classes. The 2012-13 signing class includes four Under Armour All-Americans, two USAV 18U junior national champions, including the tournament MVP and a member of the USA Junior National Team.
Johnson-Lynch joined the Cyclones following a coaching stint at Wisconsin, where she helped lead the Badgers to one NCAA Championship game and three Big Ten titles. As an athlete, Johnson-Lynch was the starting setter on the 1995 Nebraska team that won the NCAA championship.
Since 1997, Shelton Collier has guided Wingate to the nation's best winning percentage. The Bulldogs are 163-9 overall since 2007, good for a .948 winning percentage. Wingate has led the nation in winning percentage three times (2011, '10 and '07), while finishing third two other years. Collier has guided the 'Dogs to seven consecutive NCAA Tournaments and six straight South Atlantic Conference regular season and tournament titles. Wingate has gone undefeated during conference play the last five seasons, riding a league-record 82-match SAC winning streak. The Bulldogs will open play in 2012 with a 50-match regular season winning streak. In 2011, the Bulldogs became the first team in league history to go through a regular season undefeated. Wingate notched their sixth consecutive SAC regular season title, while also taking home its sixth consecutive tournament championship. The Bulldogs hosted the NCAA Southeast regional tournament for the fourth consecutive year, while earning a spot in the regional title match for the third straight season. Wingate was ranked in every AVCA top 25 poll in 2011, ranking as high as 14th, which is the highest in league history. The Bulldogs are the only SAC team to ever earn a top 25 ranking. In 2010, Collier guided the Bulldogs to the NCAA Elite Eight - the first team in SAC volleyball history gone that far in the tournament. Collier has a career record of 840-262, including a 273-55 record with the Bulldogs. He has been named SAC Coach of the Year five straight seasons, while earning AVCA Region Coach of the Year honors three times in the last four years. Collier has also served as head coach for many US National teams, including the head coach of the 2007 USA Youth National Team that participated in the World Championships and as head coach of the 2003 USA Youth National Team, which finished fourth at the World Championships in Poland, the highest finish ever for a USA Youth team (and included an upset victory over the world's #1 ranked youth team from Russia). He has also served as head coach at Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh, winning ACC and Big East Coach-of-the-Year honors at each stop.Joan Powell
A former high school volleybal coach at Coronado High School in Colorado Springs (CO), Powell is a highly skilled clinician, trainer and evaluator. She served the Professional Association of Volleyball Officials for five terms as president, starting in that role in 1997, and has served on the USA Volleyball Board of Directors. She was recently asked to re-join the National Association of Sports Officials Board of Directors. Joan has authored numerous officiating and coaching articles, including two chapters for two coaching books. Recently, Joan served as a technical advisor to the National Federation/USAV online coaches' course. In 2008 Joan traveled with the Women's National Team as their Team Leader to the Pan Am Cup, the World Grand Prix and to the Olympic Games in Beijing. She was also awarded the Disney Teacher of the Year in 1998.Chris Lamb,
Chris Lamb recently completed his 12th season at Wichita State, guiding the Shockers to their school record ninth-straight 20-win season, 10th-straight Missouri Valley Conference Tournament appearance and fifth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 2011. During his tenure at Wichita State, Lamb has won over 260 games and has been named the Missouri Valley Coach of the Year four times. He has guided the Shockers to two undefeated seasons in MVC play (making the 2004 squad the first Shocker team in any sport to go undefeated in the conference play), as well as a school-record 29 match winning streak.
Lamb is also the former head coach and founder of the Empire Volleyball Club, one of the nation's most successful clubs based in Santa Rosa, Calif. Lamb was not only a successful coach at the collegiate level, but the high school level as well. He served as the girls' volleyball coach at El Molino High School in Forestville, Calif., from 1987-90 and again in 1993. Lamb compiled a 136-26 mark, winning four consecutive league titles, four North Coast Section Championships and earning a berth in the state tournament four straight seasons. He has also been active working for the Junior Olympics All-American selection committee and as a coach for both the USA Olympic Festival tryouts and the USA Junior Elite tryouts.
Keating led the Eagles to 11 state titles and more then 770 victories during his tenure there, becoming the first coach to win 11 state volleyball titles in the state of Iowa. Along with the 11 titles, Dubuque Wahlert earned 17 conference titles and was the state runner-up three times. This seven-time Iowa Coach of the Year was a national coach of the year in 2003 and was a finalist in 2001 and 2002. He has sent more then 30 players onto Division 1 programs. In 1994, he coached the Mizuno High School All-American Team. Keating is also a member of the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Keating is a sought after clinician, having conducted clinics for five different state's volleyball coaching associations, as well as being a presentor at the 2007 NCAA Final Four Clinic. He is author of four courses for Drake University's distance learning program.Terry Pettit,
In the 23 years that Terry Pettit was the Head Volleyball Coach at the University of Nebraska, the Huskers won 21 conference championships while leading the nation in both All-American and Academic All-American selections. Under Terry's leadership Nebraska was ranked in the top 10 for 17 consecutive years. He led Nebraska to its first National Championship in volleyball in 1995 and when he retired from coaching in 2000, he mentored John Cook to a national championship in his first year at the helm of Nebraska Volleyball.
In 1986, 1994 and 1996, Pettit was selected National Coach of the Year. In 2003 he was named All Time Great Coach by USA volleyball. In 2010 he entered the American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Since he retired from coaching in January of 2000 he has been mentoring coaches and leaders, at several universities and private corporations throughout the country with his company, Terry Pettit Coaching Enhancement. In 2009 he authored Talent and the Secret Life of Teams, a journey into team building and leadership. He is currently working on another book on leadership and team building titled, "A Fresh Season," which will be published next September.