Women's Volleyball |
March 14, 2012
CINCINNATI - University of Cincinnati head volleyball coach Molly Alvey announced the addition of Nicole Miller and Steve Vencl to the Bearcats coaching staff. Miller and Vencl come to UC from the University of Houston, where Alvey accumulated a 38-24 overall record in the past two seasons.
"Nicole, Steve and I have worked hard to create a system for our program and a culture for our team that all three of us believe in wholeheartedly," Alvey said. "I am incredibly fortunate that both of them have agreed to bring that energy and enthusiasm to Cincinnati with me. With the three of us making the transition together, I know we will be able to make an immediate positive impact on the UC volleyball program. I am very fortunate to have a staff that has the same passion for mentoring, teaching and coaching young student-athletes as I do."
Miller has worked under Alvey for two seasons as an assistant coach at Houston. Miller also worked on staff with Alvey as a graduate assistant at Ole Miss. During her first season as an assistant coach, Miller helped tutor the Cougar volleyball team that finished third in the Conference USA standings with a 13-7 record. In addition the C-USA wins were the most since 1999.
Prior to Houston, Miller served as a graduate assistant at Ole Miss. While working on the Rebels' staff together, Alvey and Miller guided the team to a 25-34 record, including an upset of No. 19 Kentucky in 2008. She was also a member of the 2009 coaching staff which secured the nation's 23rd-ranked recruiting class. At Ole Miss, Miller assisted with practice planning, implementation of opponent scouting, and daily evaluation and analysis of practice and competition statistics. She also organized and coached the Ole Miss Youth League geared towards getting local elementary youth interested in volleyball and summer training camps at Ole Miss.
Before joining Ole Miss, Miller served as head coach for the A5 Mizuno Volleyball Club in Atlanta for two years. While there, she was involved with preparing her players for collegiate careers and was heavily active in their recruiting process.
Miller helped mentor All-SEC Second-Team selection Rachel Kieckhaefer and Freshman All-SEC recipient Regina Thomas, both recognized by their league for their superior play.
Establishing a close relationship with the players and developing strong communication levels amongst her team are high on Miller's priority list. She strongly believes in team building skills as well as improving fundamentals through training.
Miller, a former student-athlete at the University of South Carolina, brings a great amount of experience with her. During her collegiate career, she led her teammates as the captain of the volleyball squad from her sophomore through senior years. She was also heavily involved in the SEC Good Works Team for two years.
Miller received a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of South Carolina.
Vencl spent last season with Alvey after serving as the volunteer assistant coach at Marquette during the 2010 season. That year the program set the school record for wins (23) and conference wins (11) and posted a school-record 14-match win streak. They finished third in the Big East standings, and Vencl coached three players to AVCA All-Region honors.
He also assisted with the implementation of practice plans and provided daily position training to the middle hitters, outside hitters, right-side hitters and the defensive specialists while at Marquette. In his role as volunteer assistant, Vencl also was responsible for all opponent video breakdown and the execution of the weekly video exchange.
Prior to his time at Marquette, Vencl was the assistant coach at Baldwin-Wallace College where he assisted with the daily organization and planning of practice. He also provided individual training to the middle and outside hitters. In addition, Vencl was responsible for scouting and compiling game plans. He also assisted with the development of the strength and conditioning program and coordinated all home match management duties.
Vencl was also the head coach of the Toledo men's volleyball club from 2005-2006. While in that position, he managed all try-outs, practices and matches. He also developed the strength and conditioning program and managed the team's administration including, team travel and equipment and uniform purchases. He was a member of the team from 1999-2002.
He has also served as a club coach with the Cleveland Volleyball Company and the Toledo Volleyball Club and was an assistant coach at St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, Ohio.
Vencl received a bachelor of arts in individualized programs from the University of Toledo.