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Ashlee Zeigler was tapped to lead the Marian University women's volleyball program on Saturday.
Ashlee Zeigler was tapped to lead the Marian University women's volleyball program on Saturday.
Volleyball - Sat, Mar. 24, 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS - Ashlee Zeigler has been named Marian University's head volleyball coach, Director of Athletics Steve Downing announced on Saturday.
"We are excited to welcome Ashlee Zeigler to the Marian University athletics family," said Downing. "We believe with her credentials, she will become one of the top coaches within the MCC and will take our program to the next level. Her values and background as an assistant coach together made her the first choice and we are excited to see what she can do as a head coach at the collegiate level."
Zeigler will serve as the first full-time head volleyball coach at Marian University and will also serve as an assistant coach with the women's basketball program.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to be able to build on a program that has a strong tradition in volleyball," said Zeigler. "My goal is to see how we can improve on the tradition and carry on the legacy that the former coaches and previous players have presented. What is really exciting is to see how this team has progressed and how well this team has done in a tough conference. Having a coach here full-time is extremely exciting for me and I have seen the potential that these girls have by competing against them. Now, being able to work with them one-on-one, I am excited for the opportunity to tap into their potential. I believe the potential within this program is outstanding, and I am excited to tap into that potential and take this program to the next level."
A native of Pendleton, Ind., Zeigler has spent the last three seasons as the assistant coach at Taylor University where she also served as assistant director of athletics for event management. She has been an integral part of three Mid-Central College Conference championship teams that also earned berths in the NAIA National Volleyball Championship. In her three seasons as assistant coach, the Trojans were ranked in the NAIA Volleyball Coaches' Poll and had four student-athletes honored as NAIA All-Americans. The Trojans compiled a 103-24 record, including a 41-1 mark in the MCC, during her time at Taylor University alongside head coach Brittany Smith.
When asked about how coach Brittany Smith has impacted her coaching career, Zeigler said, "Coach Smith is an outstanding coach and I would not be anywhere near the coach I am without her and Dr. Angie Fincannon's mentoring. Having that experience at that competitive level has really allowed me to see that I am not going to settle for anything less than my players' best. One thing she has taught me is that the players can give more than they think they can and that will be applied to our program. When players leave Marian, my goal for them is that they realize how this game has impacted their lives and how they can use the lessons they learned through me, this program and this university."
In her position, she also served as the recruiting coordinator and focused on defensive specialist and libero training. She was also responsible for the strength and conditioning regiments of the program as well as the day-to-day program operations, including travel.
Her experience is not limited to Taylor University. She has served as a coach for the Munciana Club volleyball program for the last four seasons at different age levels within the club. She served as an assistant coach for the 12-and-under team in 2009, was the head coach for the 16-and-under program for the last two years and is currently the head coach for the 17 national team. She also served as coach for the Momentum Volleyball Club from 2006-08 in Upland, Ind., with the 14, 16 and 18 age groups.
Zeigler also has a wide array of volleyball camp experience. She has worked the Liberty Christian Summer Volleyball Camp from 2005 to the present and worked at the University of Notre Dame Summer Volleyball Camp in 2011. For the last three years, she has also served as the top instructional assistant at the Trojan Select Volleyball Camp at Taylor University.
Zeigler is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches' Association and was recently named an AVCA "Thirty Under 30" award winner for her ability to coach talent at all age levels.
A graduate of Taylor University, Zeigler played volleyball for four years as a Trojan and served as team captain as a senior. As a defensive specialist, she accumulated 1,676 digs in 472 career sets to place her fourth on Taylor's all-time career digs per set list. She was part of back-to-back MCC championships during her final two seasons as a Trojan.
She graduated with a bachelor's degree in exercise science with a minor in management in 2009 and is currently pursuing a master's degree in sports administration from Liberty University.
She will formally begin her duties on July 1, 2012. Zeigler will take over for Dan Findley, who retired in December 2011 after 14 seasons as the head coach.
The Knights finished the 2011 season with an 18-13 overall record and a 10-8 mark in the MCC. They finished fourth in the conference and earned a home game in the opening round of the MCC Tournament for the third consecutive season.