DeLand, Fla. - Tim Loesch, head indoor and sand volleyball coach at Stetson University, has announced his coaching staff for his inaugural season in 2011-12. Courtney Materazzi joins the Hatters as an assistant coach after three seasons in a similar capacity at Fairmont State (W. Va.) while Nick Holmes will be the volunteer assistant coach. Both Materazzi and Holmes will work with the established indoor squad as well as the brand new sand volleyball program that will debut at Stetson in Spring 2012.
Materazzi, a native of Madera, California, was a team captain and All-Conference player at Cal State Monterey Bay from 2004-08 (where she ranks third all-time in career kills) before embarking on her coaching career. In her three seasons at Fairmont State, Materazzi mentored five All-WVIAC players and an AVCA All-Region honoree, helping lead the Falcons to a 52-48 record that included a 20-10 mark in 2010. On the club volleyball scene, Materazzi has coached Pittsburgh Elite Volleyball's U-14 squad. The former Courtney Taubert married Stetson assistant men's soccer coach Cristian Materazzi in July 2010.
Holmes, a former captain in the United States Air Force and a graduate of the USAFA, comes to Stetson from Nashville, Tennessee, where he has been working towards an MBA from Vanderbilt while directing the Alliance Volleyball Club organization and serving as assistant coach at Centennial High School in nearby Franklin, Tenn. Holmes has been involved with USA Volleyball and served as a player/head coach for travel volleyball teams at Minot and Vanderberg Air Force Bases during his days in uniform.
"Courtney is going to be a big help and I'm excited to be working with her," Loesch said. "She'll be involved in all aspects with both teams, as will Nick. Nick has some good experience with top club teams; he will bring some different ideas and techniques to Stetson Volleyball. I'm really glad he's volunteering his time, energy and knowledge for us."
Stetson opens its 2011 indoor season against Delaware State on Friday, August 26 at the William & Mary Invitational in Williamsburg, Va.