Aug. 6, 2010
MILWAUKEE - Marquette setter Nikki Klingsporn will attempt to join the collegiate coaching ranks once her playing days are over, and the All-BIG EAST performer believes head coach Bond Shymansky and the coaching staff at MU will help her accomplish that goal.
"They put it at a high priority when I mentioned to them that I wanted to get into the coaching world," Klingsporn said. "The three of them have a lot of connections. (Assistant coach) Michaela (Franklin) aready spoke with me about going out to network and (assistant coach) Craig (Dyer) has a lot of connections out on the East Coast. Bond obviously also knows a lot of people as well. He said that he will do his best to help me out."
Her role in running the offense for the Golden Eagles from the day she stepped on campus makes coaching an obvious choice, as does the fact that both her parents were high school coaches.
"Setters have to know everything about what is going on, especially with how technical the offense we run is. There is a lot of strategy behind it and I think that will help me find a future job, " said Klingsporn.
Klingsporn shouldn't have much of a problem adjusting to the coaching profession as Shymansky has proven effective at helping his former athletes land coaching gigs.
Besides the success Shymansky has seen on the court during his head coaching career at Georgia Tech and Marquette, he has helped eight former student-athletes realize their dreams of coaching in the collegiate ranks.
"We want our student-athletes to be students of the game of volleyball, not just players," Shymansky said. "When they complete their career, they ought to be equipped to train and coach other players. But that only encompasses the skill knowledge base. More importantly, we want to fan the flame of passion for the game of volleyball. We want our student-athletes to leave our program hungry for more volleyball and ready to impact future players of the game."
This winter the first two former players under Shymansky to land NCAA head coaching positions were Lauren (Sauer) Steinbrecher and Lynnette Moster at James Madison and Olivet College, respectively.
"It doesn't surprise me that Lynnette and Lauren have already ascended to head coaching positions," Shymansky said. "They are both talented coaches, great people and are natural leaders. My other former players who are currently coaching will have an impact, and one day, will certainly become head coaches."
Of the eight players who have coached in the collegiate ranks over the past two years, seven were members of Shymansky's 2003 Elite Eight team at Georgia Tech. Only Lindsey Gray, who arrived the following season was not on the regional finalist squad.
"I am immensely proud of my former players who have risen in the coaching ranks and are helping build great volleyball programs," Shymansky said. "It is a sign to me that they enjoyed their playing experience so much, that they knew they wanted to give that experience to other young players."
Steinbrecher became the head coach at JMU on Jan. 25 after three years as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Kentucky, where she was identified in 2009 by the AVCA as one of the "30 best coaches in the country under the age of 30."
"It is hard for me to articulate the impact Coach Shymansky has had in my life," Steinbrecher said. "He has been my assistant coach, head coach, mentor and friend. It was the experience that he created for me and my teammates at Georgia Tech that made me want to get into coaching. Coach Shymansky taught us what it meant to be a team, what it felt like to excel on the volleyball court and in the classroom, and how to tackle many of life's speed bumps along the way. I am so thankful to have him in my life."
Prior to Kentucky, Steinbrecher was an all-conference performer and AVCA All-American at Georgia Tech before playing professionally for one season in Spain.
Shymansky's coaching tree is sure to expand in the coming seasons as Klingsporn and other members of the current Marquette squad look to join the collegiate coaching ranks.
FORMER PLAYERS UNDER SHYMANSKY IN NCAA COACHING
|Lauren (Sauer) Steinbrecher||Head Coach||James Madison|
|Lynnette Moster||Head Coach||Olivet College|
|Lindsey Gray||Assistant Coach||Kentucky|
|Jayme Gergen||Assistant Coach||Ohio State|
|Laura Kuhn||Assistant Coach||Miami (Fla.)|
|Kele Eveland||Assistant Coach||San Diego State|
|Abby Showers||Assistant Coach||Jacksonville State|
|Jennifer Randall||Former Assistant Coach||Penn|