Former Georgia Tech star and Olivet College (Mich.) head coach Lynnette Moster joined the Northern Illinois volleyball coaching staff as an assistant coach, NIU head coach Ray Gooden announced Wednesday.
“We are very fortunate and excited to have someone of Lynnette’s quality and potential join our staff,” Gooden said.
“It’s great for our players to have an opportunity to work with someone who had an outstanding playing career and can help inspire and show them how to do the same. Lynnette brings a great amount of talent, experience and energy to our program. Most importantly, she brings a high level of character to the Huskie family.”
As an outside hitter with the Yellow Jackets from 2001-04, Moster is the school and Atlantic Coast Conference’s first three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American and was named the 2004 ACC Player of the Year and 2002 ACC Tournament MVP.
In 2002-03, she was named Georgia Tech Female Athlete of the Year. The Yellow Jacket career leader in kills (1,859) ranks in the Tech career top 10 in kills per game, digs, aces, and attack percentage. She also led the Yellow Jackets deep into the NCAA Tournament twice, reaching the Elite 8 in 2003 and Sweet 16 in 2004. She graduated with a bachelor of science in management with a concentration in marketing in 2006.
Additionally, Moster has played professionally in Puerto Rico (Gigantes de Carolina, 2005) and has trained with the U.S. National Team as an outside hitter and libero under 2008 Olympic silver medalist coach Jenny Lang Ping.
“This was an opportunity that I could not pass up,” said Moster, who will be the team’s recruiting and traveling coordinator and will work with the outside hitters and defensive specialists.
“I did a lot of research and talked to a lot of people about Ray and NIU. I knew that NIU has had a lot of success in the past few years and I saw them play in 2010. I knew they were a good program that could do great things. I see Ray as someone I could easily work with. When I looked more into it, I was sold on this being the right opportunity and right step in my career. I’m really excited for where this is going to go for NIU. I think we can definitely improve and go to the NCAA Tournament and advance. I look forward to working with Ray and the girls.”
The Liberty, Ind., native’s coaching career includes club experience as well as three collegiate stops.
Her first collegiate job came as an assistant for the University at Albany (N.Y.) in 2007-08. As recruiting coordinator and all-around coach, she helped Albany win the 2007 America East Conference Tournament and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
From 2008-2010, Moster served as assistant coach for Georgetown. With the Hoyas, she was the recruiting, travel, and equipment coordinator and worked with team defense, serve-receive, and the outside hitters. She played an instrumental role in turning a 4-24 team into a 15-14 team in her first season. Her first recruiting class was also ranked in the top 100 in the country.
Most recently, Moster was the head coach at Olivet College from 2010-2012. Running nearly every facet of the program, she accomplished the school’s second best season in history in 2010 with Olivet’s first double-digit win total (12-15, 7-10 MIAA) in 25 years. Not only were her team’s successful on the court, they also held over a 3.2 GPA over two years.
In Atlanta, she helped coach the A5’s travel team. Her North Country Albany Juniors in Albany, N.Y. qualified for the Club Division of the USA Junior Championships. In Washington D.C., her Metro American squad qualified for the National Division of the USA Junior Championships. In Kalamazoo, Mich., she helped Dead Frog/Far Out finish ninth at the 2011 AAU Championships.
Moster, who will arrive on campus next weekend, will join an NIU team that is coming off a highly-successful 2011 campaign that saw the Huskies go 28-7, win the Mid-American Conference regular season championship, and make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2001. The 2012 Huskies will return 11 letterwinners, including 2011 All-MAC middle blocker duo Sarah Angelos (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan) and Mary Kurisch (La Crosse, Wis./West Salem).
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