Apolinario joins staff after two seasons at Austin Peay
Deane Webb begins his second season at the helm of the Ohio University volleyball program in 2015. He owns an overall collegiate coaching record of 392-224 (.636) over 18 seasons -- including a 258-173 (.599) mark over 14 seasons at the NCAA Division I level.
Webb guided the Bobcats to a 23-6 overall record in his first year on the Ohio bench in 2014. He directed the program's first 16-0 undefeated Mid-American Conference season since 2006 and fourth in program history. Ohio captured its third straight league regular season title and ninth in program history. The Bobcats ranked No. 24 in Week 12 (Nov. 17) of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I Coaches Poll Top 25. The regular season was highlighted by a 3-1 win over Ohio State at the Millennium Hotel Invitational in Cincinnati -- Ohio's first victory over the in-state rival Buckeyes since the 2005 NCAA Championship Second Round and the second in seven tries since the beginning of the NCAA era in 1981.
The 2014 Ohio squad placed among the top 10 in seven program rally scoring era statistical categories, including second in service aces per set (1.67; best in the MAC, ninth in NCAA Division I), fourth in service aces (180; second-best in the MAC, 26th in NCAA Division I), fifth in digs per set (16.73; second-best in the MAC, 38th in NCAA Division I), eighth in hitting percentage (.242; best in the MAC, 58th in NCAA Division I; 1,499 kills-524 errors-4,030 total attacks) and ninth in kills per set (13.88; best in the MAC, 34th in NCAA Division I), assists per set (12.63; best in the MAC, 75th in NCAA Division I) and digs (1,807).
The 2014 campaign saw junior setter Abby Gilleland garner AVCA Honorable Mention All-America, AVCA All-Region, MAC Player of the Year, MAC Setter of the Year and First Team All-MAC accolades for the second year in a row. Junior setter Meredith Ashy became the program's first MAC Defensive Player of the Year selection in addition to earning First Team All-MAC honors for the second in the last three seasons. Senior outside hitter Kelly Lamberti received First Team All-MAC selection for the fourth time in her career, joining Ellen Herman (2006-09) as the only four-time First Team All-MAC pick in program history. Junior middle blocker Karin Bull garnered First Team All-MAC selection for the second straight year while outside hitter Jaime Kosiorek became the seventh Ohio player to earn MAC All-Freshman Team selection in the last five seasons.
Lamberti ranked among the top 10 in program rally scoring history in six statistical categories in her senior season, including fourth in total attacks (1,253), tied for fourth in service aces per set (0.38; second-best in the MAC, 45th in NCAA Division I), fifth in points per set (4.76; second-best in the MAC, 34th in NCAA Division I), sixth in service aces (41; third-best in the MAC, 52nd in NCAA Division I), seventh in kills per set (4.05; third-best in the MAC, 52nd in NCAA Division I) and 10th in kills (437; second-best in the MAC, 64th in NCAA Division I). Gilleland ranked eighth in assists per set (10.67; second-best in the MAC; 63rd in NCAA Division I), ninth in hitting percentage (.334; 159 kills-26 errors-403 total attacks) and 10th in assists (1,145; fourth-best in the MAC, 93rd in NCAA Division I). Ashy ranked second in digs per set (4.89; best in the MAC, 47th in NCAA Division I) and fourth in digs (528; third-best in the MAC, 79th in NCAA Division I). Kosiorek ranked second in service aces per set (0.44; best in the MAC, 13th in NCAA Division I) and fourth in service aces (46; best in the MAC, 24th in NCAA Division I). Bull tied for seventh in hitting percentage (.334; 201 kills-49 errors, 455 total attacks).
The Bobcats also excelled off of the court in 2014-15, with Ashy, Bull, Gilleland, Lamberti, sophomore setter/defensive specialist Brooke Coleman and sophomore outside hitter/libero Mallory Salis earning spots on the Academic All-MAC Team. Ashy, Bull, Gilleland and Lamberti were also named Distinguished Scholar Athletes by the conference. Gilleland represented the MAC at the 2015 NCAA Leadership Forum in Orlando.
Webb was appointed as head coach on Feb. 26, 2014. He became the Bobcats' 12th head coach in program history.
Webb came to Athens as the winningest head coach in Belmont University history, going 207-138 (.600) in 11 seasons on the bench in Nashville, Tenn
Webb directed the Bruins to three conference titles and three NCAA Championship appearances. The 2012 season saw the Bruins win their first Ohio Valley Conference Tournament titlesince joining the league in July 2012.
Under Webb's guidance, 22 Belmont players garnered either first or second team all-conference honors, with the 2012 campaign marking the 10th consecutive year in which at least one Bruin was named to either squad. In 2013, Webb coached Allison McCoy to OVC Player of the Year honors.
Webb has coached three American Volleyball Coaches Association All-South Region players -- Colleen Nilson (2007), Kayla Albritton (2010) and Maggie Johnson (2011). Johnson was also honored as the Atlantic Sun Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2012.
In 2010, Webb became the youngest coach in Division I to reach 300 career victories.
The Bruins' 25 wins in 2008 marked the program's fifth consecutive 20-win campaign en route to Belmont's second A-Sun title and NCAA tournament berth in three years. It was just the fourth time in conference history that a program achieved such a consistent winning mark. Webb saw a record five student-athletes earn all-conference postseason honors. Nilson earned the distinction of being the first Belmont student-athlete ever named first team all-conference four-consecutive years. She was also tabbed AVCA All-American in '07.
In his 11 years Webb transformed the Bruins' roster into one of the most consistently talented lineups. Belmont boasted a promising squad due largely in part to his recruiting diligence and keen eye for talent. Webb has secured commitments from several top club players from around the nation over the past several seasons.
Since taking over as the Belmont head coach, Webb became a voting member of the AVCA weekly Top-25 poll and a member of the organization's head coaches committee.
Webb came to Belmont from East Tennessee State University where, in his first year, he led the Bucs to one of the best seasons in program history with an overall record of 20-6. ETSU also earned a second-place finish in the Southern Conference after being picked seventh in the preseason polls. In that same year, East Tennessee State boasted its best regular season winning percentage since 1991 and earned its highest seed in the Southern Conference Tournament since '92. In 2001, Webb coached the SoCon's Player of the Year -- setter Carey Cavanaugh -- and saw outside hitter Nicole Ryan garner the league's Freshman of the Year award in '02. Webb compiled a 28-29 record over two seasons at ETSU.
Prior to his arrival at East Tennessee State, Webb served four years as the head coach at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind. He was a two-time NAIA Conference and Region Coach of the Year and led his team to unrivaled success. Webb took over a team that finished 7-31 in 1996 and improved its record to 24-19 in his first season. In his second year, Indiana Wesleyan finished 35-16 and followed with a 32-12 mark in 1999. His 2000 squad set school records for wins (43) and winning percentage (.915/43-4). Indiana Wesleyan earned the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championship and was ranked as high as 11th in the NAIA polls. The NCCAA National Coach of the Year, Webb was also nominated for NAIA National Coach of the Year. Overall, Webb posted a 134-51 record during his four-year tenure at Indiana Wesleyan and produced eight all-conference selections as well as a third team All-American honoree.
While in Indiana, Webb served as a head and assistant coach for the Munciana Volleyball Club in Muncie, Ind. The Munciana teams form the top club program in the nation and earned the club national championship in every year Webb was involved with the organization.
Before entering the coaching ranks, Webb earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in 1995 at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. He earned a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and Sport Psychology at the University of North Texas in 1998.
Webb and his wife, Rebecca, have two daughters, Sarah Faith and Ashlyn Hope.