Maggie Couture enters her sixth season as an assistant coach for the Ohio volleyball program under sixth-year head coach Deane Webb in 2017. Over the past four seasons with Couture on the coaching staff, the Bobcats have gone 93-58 (.615) -- including 57-23 (.713) in Mid-American Conference play.. Ohio won a MAC regular season title with a perfect 16-0 (1.000) league year in 2014, then captured the conference tournament title in 2015, the latter of which propelled the 'Cats to their 10th NCAA Championship appearance in program history.
Couture helped put four on the All-MAC team with three - Vera Giacomazzi, Tia Jimerson and Lizzie Stephens - making the first team while Jamie Kosiorek made the second team. Giacomazzi was fourth in the league in assists per set at 9.44 but led the MAC in assists in a conference match with 11.25. Jimerson was third on the team in kills with 193 and had double-digit kills 10 times. Stephens was fourth in the MAC in service aces with 50 while averaging 2.86 kills per set. Couture placed seven - Vera Giacomazzi, Meredith Howe, Sara Januszewski, Jamie Kosiorek, Stehpanie Olman, Macy Reihing and Lizzie Stephens - on the Academic All-MAC team. Kosiorek became the all-time leader in service aces in 2018 during the rally scoring era with 173 during the season after posting 53, the third-highest total for a season during the rally scoring era at Ohio. Kosiorek also put up 1,380 kills in her career, good for seventh all-time. Ohio finished 13-18 overall and 7-9 in MAC play during the 2018 season.
The Bobcats battled through numerous injuries in 2017 to finish 17-15 -- including a 10-6 mark in MAC play. Ohio earned the No. 4 seed in the 2017 MAC Championship and a bye to the tournament quarterfinals. Ohio topped Eastern Michigan, 3-1, to advance to the league tournament semifinals for the 16th year in a row. The non-conference schedule was highlighted by an exciting 3-2 come-from-behind win over Big 12 Conference foe Oklahoma on Sept. 1 in the 2017 Bobcat Invitational presented by Texas Roadhouse. Ohio overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat the Sooners. Ohio saw eight matches go to five sets and pulled out wins in five of those contests. The signature win of MAC play was a 3-2 thriller over eventual regular season and league tournament champion Miami on Sept. 29 at the Convocation Center.
As a team, the 2017 squad's 183 service aces rank as the fourth-most in the rally scoring era in program history while its 1.50 service aces per set and 4,531 attacks both rank sixth, its 1,940 digs rank seventh and its 15.90 digs per set rank 10th.
Ohio was well represented on the 2017 All-Mid-American Conference awards list. Freshman setter Vera Giacomazzi was named MAC Setter of the Year, freshman middle blocker Tia Jimerson was named MAC Freshman of the Year and sophomore outside hitter Lizzie Stephens was named First Team All-MAC. Giacomazzi and Jimerson joined Stephens in garnering First Team All-MAC laurels and also represented the Bobcats on the All-MAC Freshman Team. Giacomazzi became the second player in program history to be named MAC Setter of the Year, joining Abby Gilleland (2013, '14). She ranked second in the MAC and 30th in the country with 1,278 assists (10.56 per set; fourth in the MAC) -- the most assists in a single season by an Ohio freshman in the rally scoring era in program history, the ninth-most assists by any player in the rallying scoring era and the 10th-most by any player in overall history of the program. Jimerson became the fourth player in program history to be named MAC Freshman of the Year, joining Amanda Andersen (2005), Ellen Herman (2006) and Meredith Ashy (2012). She ranked fourth in the MAC and 59th in the country with a .358 attack percentage (409 kills-112 errors-829 total attacks), which tied for the third-best hitting percentage in a single season in the rally scoring era and tied for fifth in the overall history of the program. Her 409 kills ranked as the fourth-most in the MAC. Her 25 solo blocks tied for the seventh-most in the rally scoring era of the program. Stephens led the MAC and ranked 66thin the country with 443 kills, which ranks as the eighth-most in a single season in the rally scoring era of the program's history. Her 1,437 attacks rank as the third-most in both the rally scoring era and overall history of the program, and her 85 attacks against High Point on Sept. 2 in the 2017 Bobcat Invitational presented by Texas Roadhouse rank as the second-most in a match in program history. She set a rally scoring era program record with 60 service aces (fourth-most overall in program history), which led the MAC and ranked fifth in the nation. Her 0.49 service aces per set ranked as the best in the rally scoring era in program history, first in the MAC and sixth in the country.
Giacomazzi and Jimerson weren't the only rookie Bobcats to enjoy strong debuts at Ohio. Freshman libero Macy Reihing compiled 484 digs, which ranks as the eighth-most in a single season in the rally scoring era and 10th-most overall in program history. Her 4.14 digs per set rank as the ninth-most in a single season in the rally scoring era of the program's history.
Outside hitter Jaime Kosiorek tallied her 1,000th career kill in Ohio's 3-0 sweep of Murray State in the 2017 season opener on Aug. 25 at the Courtyard By Marriott Invitational in Birmingham, Ala. Unfortunately, she suffered a season-ending injury on Aug. 29 at Dayton. Kosiorek received a medical redshirt, however, and is expected to return to the court for the Bobcats for one final season in 2018. She will enter 2018 ranking ninth in the rally scoring era in program history with 1,038 kills (3.02 kills per game; seventh in the rally scoring era in program history). Her 120 career service aces rank third in the rally scoring era and ninth overall in program history while her 0.35 service aces per set rank second in the rally scoring era.
Redshirt senior middle blocker Ali Lake wrapped up her Ohio career with a .263 career hitting percentage (586 kills-227 errors-1,364 total attacks), which ranks as the seventh-best hitting percentage in the rally scoring era of the program.
The Bobcats placed five student-athletes on the 2017 Academic All-MAC Team -- junior setter/outside hitter Stephanie Olman, redshirt sophomore outside hitter Carley Remmers, sophomore libero Meredith Howe, sophomore middle blocker/outside hitter Sara Januszewski and sophomore outside hitter/libero Allyson Vaughn. Olman received Academic All-MAC recognition for the second year in a row while Remmers, Howe, Januszewski and Vaughn all earned honors for the first time in their careers. Howe also garnered MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete distinction for the first time in her career.
The 2016 campaign saw Ohio go 16-14 -- including an 11-5 mark in MAC play. Ohio earned the No. 3 seed in the 2016 MAC Championship and a bye to the tournament quarterfinal. The Bobcats swept No. 6-seeded Toledo, then fell to the No. 2-seed and eventual tournament champion Northern Illinois in the league semifinal. Ohio advanced to the conference tournament semifinal for the 15th year in a row.
Senior outside hitter/libero Mallory Salis and Lake earned First Team All-MAC honors while junior outside hitter Jaime Kosiorek received All-MAC Honorable Mention. Salis led the team with a career-high 363 kills (3.56 per set; second in the MAC) and tied for second with 25 service aces (0.25 per set) and ranked third with 286 digs (2.80 per set). The team co-captain finished with at least 22 kills in six matches --including a stretch of five-straight matches with at least 22 kills. She finished her career ranked seventh with 1,087 digs and eighth with 92 service aces in the rally scoring era in program history. Lake ranked third on the team with a career-high 293 kills (2.69 per set) and ranked second with 50 total blocks (six solo, 44 assisted; 0.46 per set). She earned a spot on the 2016 All-MAC Championship Team after posting 19 kills (3.17 per set) and two assisted blocks (0.33 per set) over two matches. Her .287 career hitting percentage (497 kills-177 errors-1,116 total attacks) ranks seventh overall in program history and sixth in the rally scoring era. Kosiorek led the team with 31 service aces (0.28 per set) and ranked second on the team with a career-high 360 kills (3.21 per set). Her name is all over Ohio's record book after three seasons in Athens. Kosiorek's 3,019 total attacks rank ninth overall in program history and seventh in the rally scoring era. Her 115 service aces are tied for ninth overall in program history and tied for third in the rally scoring era, and her 0.35 service aces per set ranks second in the rally scoring era in program history. Kosiorek's 991 kills rank ninth in the rally scoring era in program history, and her 2.98 kills per set ranks eighth in the rally scoring era in program history. Her 1,170.0 points rank 10th in the rally scoring era in program history. Her 3.52 points per set is tied for seventh in the rally scoring era in program history.
In addition to Ohio's three all-conference honorees, Olman led the team and ranked third in the MAC with a career-high 1,065 assists (10.98 per set), which ranked 26th in the country, first in the MAC and, at the time, fifth-best in program history in the rally scoring era. Her 1,070 assists rank fifth in program history in the rally scoring era.
The Bobcats once again made their mark in the classroom in 2016. Ohio placed five student-athletes on the 2016 Academic All-MAC Team -- senior libero Brooke Coleman, Kosiorek, Olman, Salis and sophomore libero Erica Walker. Salis earned Academic All-MAC honors for the third year in a row while Coleman garnered recognition for the second time in her career. Kosiorek received Academic All-MAC laurels for the second year in a row. Coleman, Kosiorek, Olman and Salis were also named Distinguished Scholar Athletes by the conference.
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. 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 excellence in the classroom as well. Ashy, Bull, Gilleland, Kosiorek, 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 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.