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Ohio Volleyball Tabs Shearer As Volunteer Assistant Coach

Former Maryland assistant coach Mike Shearer will join first-year head coach Deane Webb's Ohio volleyball coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2014 campaign.

July 24, 2014

ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio University volleyball program has added Mike Shearer to its coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach, first-year head coach Deane Webb announced on Thursday (July 24).

"We are thrilled to add a coach with the experience and background of Mike to our staff," said Webb. "We are always looking for student-athletes and staff members that are willing to work hard to go from good to great, and Mike is that kind of coach. He has put in the time and found success at every level of the game. He will be a great help as we grow our program, and I'm looking forward to having him work with our team. "

Shearer spent the 2013 season as an assistant coach at the University of Maryland.

"I am excited to join the staff at Ohio University," said Shearer. "Both the volleyball program and Coach Webb have a great history of success, and I am hoping to help continue with that tradition. I look forward to working with and learning from everyone in the Ohio athletics department."

Shearer came to Maryland after serving as the interim head coach at the University of West Alabama in 2012. Prior to his stint with the Tigers, Shearer spent the 2011 campaign as an assistant and recruiting coordinator at Elon University, helping guide the Phoenix to a 19-14 record and coaching two Southern Conference All-Freshmen team performers.

Before moving to Elon, Shearer served as an assistant at the College of Charleston. In two seasons with the Cougars, the squad compiled a 47-19 record - including a 29-6 mark during the 2010 season. That year, the Cougars posted a 15-1 record in the Colonial Athletic Association to claim the regular-season title and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Shearer served as an assistant coach at Division II Edinboro University from 2008-09, where he was directly responsible for all aspects of recruiting, development and execution of strength and conditioning programs, evaluation of opponents and game planning as well as coordinating all team travel. He helped guide the Fighting Scots to a 26-9 record, a berth in the NCAA Tournament and was responsible for the recruiting of the program's top three freshmen - including Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Freshman of the Year, Gina Boothe.

Prior to his time at EU, he served as a volunteer assistant coach at Villanova University in 2007. The Wildcats compiled a 17-11 record - including a 9-5 mark in the Big East, good for third place. Two players were honored as First Team All-Big East and one named an Honorable Mention All-America.

Prior to transitioning to the collegiate level, Shearer had great success at the high school and club level. In 2006, Shearer led third-year Hatboro-Horsham High School to a 19-5 record - including a conference title and a fifth-place finish at the AAA Pennsylvania state championships.

Shearer earned a bachelor's degree in administration of justice from Penn State in 1997 and holds teacher certification in health and physical education with a minor in coaching from West Chester University.

Ohio has proved to be one of the Midwest's most consistent programs over the better part of a decade, and the Bobcats will look to continue that perennial success in 2014.

The Bobcats have qualified for the NCAA Tournament nine of the past 11 years and have won a MAC title (regular season and/or tournament) in 10 of the past 11 seasons. The streak includes eight MAC regular season championships and eight MAC Tournament crowns over the 11-year span.

The Bobcats return nine of 15 student-athletes from last season's MAC title team, including four of seven starters (including libero).

Ohio kicks off the 2014 campaign in Honolulu, Hawai'I at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational. After starting the season by taking on the host Rainbow Wahine in the early hours of August 30 (1:30 a.m. EST), the 'Cats will take on San Diego State (Aug. 30, 11:30 p.m.) and Pac-12 foe Arizona State (Aug. 31, 9 p.m.).

Season tickets for the 2014 campaign can be purchased as part of the Ohio All-Sport Pass, which includes entry to all regular season home games for Volleyball, Women's Basketball, Baseball and Softball. To purchase the All-Sport Pass, call 800-575-CATS (2287), click here, or visit the Ohio Athletics Ticket Office inside the Convocation Center.