Johnson spent the 2013 season as the assistant volleyball coach at Transylvania University
Maggie Couture enters her third season as an assistant coach for the Ohio volleyball program under third-year head coach Deane Webb in 2016. Over the past two seasons with Couture on the coaching staff, the Bobcats have tallied 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.
Couture helped lead 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 victories 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. 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.
Couture helped guide the Bobcats to a 23-6 overall record in her first year on the Ohio bench in 2014. She helped direct 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 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 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, 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.
Couture came to Ohio in March 2014 from Transylvania University, where she spent the 2013 season as an assistant coach and the director of club sports.
During her season at Transylvania, Couture identified and recruited targeted athletes, assisted in developing whole team practice plans and served as the primary position coach for all outside attackers.
Prior to her time with the Pioneers, Couture served as the head coach for Alliance Volleyball Club in Nashville, Tenn. During that time, she also worked as a camp coach at Belmont University Volleyball Camps.
Couture played four seasons as an outside hitter under Webb at Belmont (2008-11) and earned Atlantic Sun Co-Player of the Year honors as a senior. She also garnered First Team All-A-Sun accolades as a sophomore and senior and was named American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Region Honorable Mention in 2011. She was an A-Sun Second Team pick as a junior in 2010 and earned All-Freshman Team recognition in '08.
A three-time Atlantic Sun Academic All-Conference selection, Couture was named the A-Sun Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2011.
Couture graduated cum laude from Belmont in 2012 with a degree in exercise science and earned her master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Denver in 2013.
Couture (formerly Johnson) and her husband, Caleb, reside in Athens.