Apolinario joins staff after two seasons at Austin Peay
Deane Webb begins his third season at the helm of the Ohio volleyball program in 2016. In two seasons on the Bobcats' bench, he has directed Ohio to a 46-12 (.793) mark, a 2014 Mid-American Conference regular season title and a 2015 MAC tournament championship -- the latter of which propelled the 'Cats to their 10th NCAA Championship appearance in program history.
Webb owns an overall collegiate coaching record of 418-230 (.645) over 19 seasons -- including a 284-179 (.613) mark over 15 seasons at the NCAA Division I level.
Webb coached the Bobcats to a 25-8 record in 2015 -- including a 13-3 mark in league play. The regular season was highlighted by Ohio walking into Lexington, Ky., to face then-No. 10-ranked Kentucky and walking out with a 3-1 victory -- the program's first win over a ranked team in two years and first over a Southeastern Conference opponent in five years. The Bobcats then picked up right where they left off from the previous two seasons in league play, running their MAC regular season winning streak all the way to 33-straight victories by opening conference play with a 9-0 start. After coming away victorious in 13 of 16 conference matches, Ohio captured the 2015 MAC tournament title to earn the league's automatic bid to the national postseason tournament. The No. 2-seeded Bobcats knocked off No. 3-seeded Kent State, 3-1, in the semifinals before sweeping top-seeded Northern Illinois, 3-0, the following day in the title match. The Green & White secured the ninth conference tournament crown in program history and the program's 10th NCAA Championship berth with the win over the Huskies. Ohio drew No. 13 national seed BYU in the 2015 NCAA Championship First Round. The Bobcats fell to the Cougars, 3-1, in Provo, Utah, on Dec. 4.
The Bobcats finished the 2015 campaign as one of the top defensive squads in the nation, ranking third in the country in digs per set (17.80; third-best in program history) and fifth in opponent hitting percentage (.149; second-best in program history). Ohio also led the MAC in assists per set (12.72; ninth-best in program history) and blocks per set (2.22) while ranking second in kills per set (13.36) and service aces per set (1.46) and third in hitting percentage (.225). The 2015 Bobcats' 2,083 digs rank as the fourth-most in program history while their 171 service aces are sixth-most in the history of the program.
The 2015 season saw three of Ohio's most decorated volleyball players finish their careers at the top of their games as champions. Senior setter Abby Gilleland capped off her decorated career by becoming the first student-athlete in Ohio volleyball history to earn American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) all-region honors three years in a row. She led the MAC and ranked 33rd nationally with 1,276 assists, which ranks ninth in program history in the rally scoring era. Her career-best 10.91 assists per set also led the MAC, ranked 34th in the nation and tied for fifth in program history in the rally scoring era. She also ranked second on the squad with a career-high 350 digs, third with 26 service aces, fifth with 53.0 total blocks and sixth with 143 kills. A First Team All-MAC selection for a third-straight season, she wrapped up her career with 4,702 assists, which ranks third in program history. Senior libero Meredith Ashy led Ohio with a school-record 633 digs, which ranked third in the MAC and 13th in the nation. She also tallied a school-record 5.41 digs per set, which ranked second in the MAC and 14th in the country. A First Team All-MAC pick for a third time in her four seasons in Athens, Ashy also garnered an all-region honorable mention nod for the first time in her career in 2015. She finished her career with a school-record 2,230 digs, which ranks sixth in MAC history. Gilleland garnered MAC Championship Most Valuable Player Honors while Ashy joined her on the all-tournament team as the duo helped guide Ohio to another league tournament title. Senior middle blocker Karin Bull finished the season with 125 total blocks to lead the conference. She attacked at a team-best .308 clip after totaling 216 kills to rank fourth on the team. Bull finished her career with 428 total blocks and a .307 career hitting percentage – both of which rank fifth in program history. She garnered both First Team All-MAC and Academic All-MAC honors twice in her career.
On the other end of the career spectrum, two young stars offered glimpses of greatness as they continued to develop their careers in 2015. Sophomore outside hitter Jaime Kosiorek totaled a team-high 38 service aces to tie for the seventh-most in a single season in school history in addition to leading the team with a career-high 351 kills. After redshirting the 2014 season, middle blocker Katie Nelson garnered All-MAC Freshman Team selection after totaling 63 total blocks (13 solo, 50 assisted; 0.81 per set) and 117 kills, making her the eighth Ohio player to earn such honors in the last five seasons.
The Bobcats maintained their standard of exellence in the classroom as well under Webb. Ashy, Bull, Gilleland, Kosiorek, junior outside hitter/libero Mallory Salis and senior middle blocker/outside hitter Shelby Walker earned spots on the Academic All-MAC Team. Ashy, Bull, Gilleland and Kosiorek were also named Distinguished Scholar Athletes by the conference. Ohio received the AVCA Team Academic Award for 2015-16, which honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.
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 MAC 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 AVCA 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 at the conclusion of the season, 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 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. 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. Bull garnered First Team All-MAC selection for the second straight year while Kosiorek earned MAC All-Freshman Team.
Lamberti ranked among the top 10 in program rally scoring history in six statistical categories at the conclusion of 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, Salis and sophomore setter/defensive specialist Brooke Coleman 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.