Championship Volleyball Coaches Clinic Speakers

Rich Luenemann Rich Luenemann,
Washington University in St. Louis Head Coach

Coach Luenemann keeps setting the bar higher. Luenemann has led the Bears to three NCAA D-III national titles, and three more runner-up finishes. Along the way he has eclipsed over 1,000 career victories – the fifth coach in NCAA history at all divisions to accomplish the feat. In fact, last season Luenemann guided the Bears to the NCAA Regional Championship match for the 21st season in a row, while coaching three athletes to All-America honors, including the fourth-straight honor for his setter, Marilee Fisher, and libero, Kelly Pang.

The 2011 season saw Luenemann coach his team to a NCAA Division III record - winning 63 straight sets to open the season. Along the way, Washington U. captured its 20th University Athletic Association (UAA) championship in program history, which earned Luenemann his fifth UAA Coaching Staff of the Year honors.

Luenemann has been honored as the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III National Coach of the Year three times (2003, 2007 and 2009). During his 14 seasons at Washington University, Luenemann has won nine conference championships and made 14 postseason appearances (including six trips to the NCAA title match).

A distinguished member of the NAIA Volleyball Hall of Fame (1996), Luenemann, came to Washington U. from the University of St. Francis, where he compiled an 18-year record of 590-262 (.692). His teams won at least 30 matches in a season 11 times, including a career-best 53-6 record in 1989, and coached the Fighting Saints to the NAIA Tournament seven times. He led the Saints to 14 conference titles (including 13 in a row) and was named the coach of the year seven times.

Active in the profession, Luenemann served two terms as the president of the National NAIA Volleyball Coaches Association, as well as in the vice president's role.

Jim Moore Jim Moore,
University of Oregon Head Coach; 2012 NCAA Runner-Up

In eight years, Coach Moore has built the Oregon program up from the conference cellar to the top of the NCAA heap. Coming off its best season ever, Coach Moore guided the Ducks to an NCAA runner-up finish in 2012 - the sixth time in seven years he has led the Ducks to post season play. He led the Ducks to a 30-win season, its first since 1981, and the best-ever, second-place finish in the Pac-12. In addition, he coached the program's first AVCA National and Pac-12 Player of the Year (outside hitter Alaina Bergsma).

Coach Moore has become the "rebuilder" of programs. Prior to coaching in Eugene, he made stops at Northern Michigan, Kansas State, Texas and Chico State. Prior to his being hired, those schools combined for 143 wins. Under his guide, those school improved to 268 wins and improved on their season winning percentage each year he was coach. While at Norther Michigan, Moore guided the team to back-to-back appearances in the national championship match, which included the 1993 National Championship title finishing the year with a38-1 record. Following that season he was named the NCAA National Coach of the Year.

For his career, Moore has twice been named National Coach of the Year; the 2006 Pac-12 Coach of the Year; produced one Big 12 Championship (at Texas); coached two NCAA D-II Players of the Year, one Honda Broderick Award winner, 25 All-Americans and 31 all conference performers. He was also asked to be a consultant for the U.S. Olympic Team to help introduce his style of offense to the national team program.

Kelly Sheffield Kelly Sheffield,
University of Wisconsin Head Coach; former University of Dayton Head Coach

Recently named as the new head coach at the University of Wisconsin, Coach Sheffield cemented the Dayton Flyers as a powerhouse in the Atlantic 10 Conference and on the national stage. Since taking over in 2008, Sheffield led the Flyers to four straight conference and tournament titles (2009-12), including two perfect seasons in 2012 and 2010. In fact, under Sheffield the Flers lost just four conference matches in five years.

His coaching hasn't gone unnoticed as Sheffield has been named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year for three straight years (2010-12). In 2010 he was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Northeast Region Coach of the Year. He took Dayton to the NCAA Tournament all five years as head coach.

Prior to Dayton, Coach Sheffield spent seven seasons as the head coach at Albany. He was named America East Conference Coach of the Year twice while leading Albany to back-to-back conference tournament titles (and three titles in his last four year); over 20 wins in four out of his last five seasons; and three NCAA Tournament bids. He coached the first player in NCAA history to win a Conference Player of the Year and Setter of the Year award for three years in a row.

Off the court, Sheffield is serving on the AVCA's Board of Directors and currently oversees the selection of all AVCA awards and Division 1 All-American meetings. He was a member of the NCAA Women's Volleyball Rules Committee from 2004-07, chairing the committee in 2006-07.

Hugh McCutcheon Hugh McCutcheon,
University of Minnesota Head Coach; 2012 US Women's Olympic Team Coach

Coach McCutcheon's first season as Head Coach of the Golden Gophers was a big success. McCutcheon led Minnesota to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament (a No. 8 seed overall) and a second place finish in the Big 10, and coached two players to All-American, All-Region and All-Big 10 honors.

Prior to joining the Gophers, Coach McCutcheon led the United States Women's and Men's Olympic teams. In four years, McCutcheon guided the men's program to the 2008 Olympic Gold medal and over 100 wins. He was named the 2008 USOC National Coach of the Year. McCutcheon took over as head coach of the women's team in 2009 and led the team to the Olympic silver medal in 2012. His squad also won three straight FIVB World Grand Prix Gold Medals, including 2012 where the team went 14-0 with wins over five countries all ranked in the top 10 in the world.

McCutcheon has also served as an assistant coach at BYU, head coach of the U.S. Boys' Youth National Team (2000 and 2001); head coach of the Vienna Hotvolleys in Austria for two seasons, leading the Hotvolleys to the 2001-02 Inter-Liga, Austrian Cup and Austrian League championships. As an athlete he earned honorable mention All-American honors at BYU and played on the junior and senior national teams in New Zealand, and was also a member of New Zealand's national team in 1996 and represented his country on the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour in 1997.

Christy Johnson-Lynch Christy Johnson-Lynch,
Iowa State University Head Coach; 2009 Asics/Volleyball Magazine National Coach of the Year

In her eight years as head coach at Iowa State, Christy Johnson-Lynch has compiled quite a resume: 2009 Asics/Volleyball Magazine National Coach of the Year, 2009 Big 12 Coach of the Year, 2009 AVCA Central Region Coach of the Year; seven-straight NCAA Tournaments, including NCAA Regional Final appearances in 2008 and 2011 (she is one of only seven coaches to take her team to the NCAA Regional Semifinals in five of the last six seasons); a No. 4 seed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament; 20+ wins for five straight seasons (and six overall); top-20 in the nation in attendance in each of the last six years; 17 AVCA All-Americans; 20 AVCA All-Central Region selections; 21 All-Big 12 performances; 43 Big 12 weekly awards; and 40 Academic All-Big 12 student-athletes.

In 2012, Johnson-Lynch added to her amazing ISU run. Johnson-Lynch guided the Cyclones to wins over seven top-25 teams, including victories over No. 1 Nebraska and No. 3 Texas. Her efforts this year earned conference recognition as Cyclone players earned four All-Big 12 honors, as well as Big 12 Setter of the Year and Big 12 Libero of the Year. Under Johnson-Lynch, the Cyclones have had the Big 12 Libero of the Year five consecutive season (2008-12). In conference play, Johnson-Lynch's squad led the Big 12 in 17.53 digs per set, 13.91 assists per set, and 14.86 kills per set. In addition, Johnson-Lynch coached athletes have picked up 31 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors since 2007 – over 20 more than the next closest school. This year alone, Kirsetn Hansen won the award eight times – a conference record.

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.

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