Feb. 26, 2014
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University Athletics Director Jim Schaus named Deane Webb as the head coach of the Bobcats Women's Volleyball program Wednesday evening. Webb comes to Ohio as the winningest head coach in Belmont University history.
"We could not be more thrilled to announce Deane Webb as our new women's volleyball coach at Ohio University," Schaus said. "This is truly an exciting day for Ohio Volleyball. Deane brings a great deal of head coaching experience. He also brings a great deal of experience coaching in the NCAA tournament. I have full confidence in his ability to continue our winning tradition here at Ohio."
During his 11 seasons on the bench at Belmont, Webb directed the Bruins to three conference titles and three NCAA tournaments. The 2012 season saw the Bruins win their first Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship since joining the league in July 2012.
Under Webb's guidance, 22 Belmont players have been named to either first or second team all-conference honors. The 2012 campaign marked the 10th consecutive year in which at least one Bruin was named to the first and second team. In 2013, Webb coached Allison McCoy to OVC Player of the Year honors.
Webb has coached three AVCA All-South Region players -- Colleen Nilson (2007), Kayla Albritton (2010) and Maggie Johnson (2011). Maggie Johnson was also honored as the A-Sun Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2012.
In 2010, he became the youngest coach in Division I to reach 300 career victories.
The Bruins' 25 wins in 2008 marked the 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 -- first among current members -- that a program has achieved such a consistent winning mark. Webb saw a record of five players earn All-Conference postseason honors. Colleen Nilson was the first Belmont student-athlete ever named First Team All-Conference four-consecutive years. Nilson was also tabbed AVCA All-American in 2007.
In his 11 years Webb has transformed the Bruins' roster into one of the most consistently talented lineups. Belmont boasts a promising roster 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 has become a voting member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association's (AVCA) weekly Top-25 poll and a member of the AVCA'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 ETSU women's volleyball history with an overall record of 20-6. The Bucs also earned a second-place finish in the Southern Conference after being picked seventh in the preseason polls.
In that same year, ETSU had their best regular season winning percentage since 1991 and their highest seed in the Southern Conference Tournament since 1992. 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 2002. Webb compiled a 28-29 record over two seasons at ETSU.
Prior to his arrival at ETSU, Webb served four years as the head coach at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana. 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. Webb and his wife Rebecca have two daughters Sarah Faith and Ashlyn Hope.