View Full Version : Incoming Recruits

04-09-2008, 11:13 PM
We all know Anna Eytchison is already in school and practicing with the team. Here is some info I dug up on the other two recruits. As far as I know, the coaching change has not affected their decisions. They signed LOI's so they would need a release to go elsewhere. With the athletes already in place, it will be tough for any of them to come in and challenge for PT - as Marten did last year.

Have seen nothing on 2009 recruits. It will be interesting to see what Sheffield brings in.

Erinn Bickle
Pic- Nice Jersey

Her 18U team here in Dayton for the President's Cup. Their one loss in pool play was to Team Z Orange - Krabacher's team I think

Rachel Krabacher
AVCA All-American

Pic & Bio

team Roster - Notice Sharon Strizak - once verballed to Dayton - now headed to Maryland

Chris R
04-10-2008, 12:37 AM
Doesnt surprise me that a verbal has elected to follow Horsmon.

04-10-2008, 09:28 AM
We we're suppose to have two walk-ons in addition to these 3 LOIs. I think Anna, Rachael and Erinn are all coming to Dayton. The two additional girls had not been announced, so I don't know who they are. I think one was a setter and the other a DS???? Even with 4 new recruits for the Fall of 2008, we have a very FULL roster. That would be a squad of 17. As far as 2009, I think Bethany Akerhielm's younger sister has given a verbal. I think she plays Libero??? if I remember the conversation I had with their mom last fall???

04-10-2008, 09:38 AM
Her 18U team here in Dayton for the President's Cup. Their one loss in pool play was to Team Z Orange - Krabacher's team I think

They will both be great additions to the UD team. The article above on Erinn was very good, showing the differences between Canadian versus US volleyball. The top Canadian team has volunteer coaches ???

04-10-2008, 10:45 AM
I had forgotten about Valerie Akerhielm. This is from a year ago. If she is still coming, she would be here this fall. Her Club Team was here also for the President's Club. Looks like they finished second to Krabacher's Team Z Orange - a pretty good showing.

By the way, I would expect some assistant coaching announcements any day now.


She still has Dayton listed on her Club Team Web Site

Avid Flyer
04-10-2008, 06:34 PM
has KS even had time to interview assistants? Christa Utnage and Adrianne Green would be good additions and close enough by to interview quickly.

Adrianne of course would be a grad assistant but Christa has a few years coaching now and a former A-10 player of the year that knows tha A-10 well and the team and university as well.

04-11-2008, 08:59 AM
I think both would be great assistants. Christy would not only bring her assistant coaching experience over the last couple years, but she had one year under Tim/Tami and a couple years under the previous coaching staff while in college. Just the transition to a new coach while as a player could help this team in addition to her coaching duties. Adrienne would make an excellent grad assistant. I think UDBrian commented that it appeared she and TH spent a lot of time during games discussing defensive strategies, etc. She was excellent on the court in these areas and the girls coming up could benefit from her direction as a coach. KS also had two women assistants at Albany, so he's manages those dynamics within a staff.

I believe KS's coaching resume slows strength in the areas of hitting and blocking. Adding Christy and Adrienne would COMPLIMENT his strengths.

And, that would leave one assistant coaching position left. I'm sure there are a couple candidates that KS has in mind from his industry contacts. Most head coaches have a short list of people they have met through outside activities, such as USA Volleyball or AVCA meetings, that they would like to work with if the opportunity comes along.

I did notice that the Ohio coach hasn't added any assistants yet either -- if the college website is up-to-date. (And they usually are in this area.) He was announced as their new HC 2 weeks ahead of KS.

flyers 1980
04-11-2008, 01:18 PM
I agree there are alot of people in the volleyball world that would make excellent assistant coaches but you have to look beyond former players to complete the team. I believe that Coach Kelly is looking for his right hand man/woman to have coaching experience as well as a knowledge of the club scene to have an "in" with recruiting. It would be very difficult for a former player who is not familiar with recruiting to be thrown into a position and fail. I think as a grad assistant, absolutely this is a great place to start but that is down the line. If Dayton is going to continue to grow beyond it's current status, the Coach needs to put together a team of coaches that brings experience, knowledge of recruiting, knowledge of club players, and a new frontier of coaching strategies to the game. There needs to be an immediate respect as a coach from the players. (Like there is for Coach Kelly). This can be difficult for a coach just learning or a player transitioning into the coaching role. This is my 2 cents. I have no insider information just experience in watching this happen. Nobody was even talking about Coach Kelly as a possible candidate. I am guessing that he will pick his coaching staff and none of us will have even imagined who they will be.

04-11-2008, 01:48 PM
Flyers 1980, I agree. Recruiting is the lifeblood of a program. At least one of the assistants will be an experienced and proven recruiter. You could take one assistant who might not be an experienced recruiter but not two. I guess you would obtain your top assistant first and then the skills provided by your second coach would look to complement those. So, if your head assistant was a setter or defensive player having a second assistant who can specifically coach net play might be a good thing.

I have never spoken to Christy. Having watched her play she was not the tallest and didn't have the highest vert but she was a tremendous outside hitter, smart and technically very good. I think she will make a fine coach, just depends upon whether her skills complement the staff. Christy also has only two years coaching experience.

Having a grad assistant with Adrienne's track record as a player would be a simple addition with no risk, in my mind.

But, as you said, we will know when we know and KS knows a lot more coaches than we do!