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                                                                            Coach Trina Smith

 

In 2011, Trina Smith enters her seventh season and continues to build Wright State volleyball into a contender with the same fervor and enthusiasm as the day she was hired to lead the program.

The 2010 season, middle blocker Shaunda Sandifer led the Raiders and was named All-Midwest Regional by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The Illinois native was also selected All-Horizon League for the third straight season. Ashley Heyman and Jessica Woods were named to the Fall Horizon League All Academic Team.

During the 2009 campaign, Wright State started the year by winning seven of its first eight matches, the best start for the Raiders since going 10-1 to begin the 2001 season. WSU also won its first tournament title since 2006 in taking the Golden Grizzly Invitational crown with wins over Canisius, Oakland and North Texas. Sandifer was selected All-Midwest Region by the AVCA after being named All-Horizon League for the second straight season.

Off the court, WSU received a Team Academic Award from the AVCA and Tina Paunicka was honored with the Dr. Carl Benner Female Scholar-Athlete Award for the second consecutive year by having the top grade-point average by a junior or senior in the entire athletic department.

In 2008, Smith guided the Raiders to 15 victories - including ten in Horizon League play - with wins over Dayton, Indiana State and Niagara. The ten league wins were the most by a WSU team since the 2001 season and was just the third time in program history that the Green and Gold topped the 10-win mark in league play. WSU led the Horizon League in blocks and was second in the league in digs.

2007 saw Wright State tie for third in the Horizon League standings with Valparaiso and advance to the semifinals of the conference tournament. In 2006, the Raiders improved their win total by four and finished in a tie for second in the Horizon League standings, the highest finish by WSU since joining the conference in 1994.

In Smith's first season at the helm in 2005, Wright State nearly pulled off the unthinkable as, despite being the seventh seed in the Horizon League Tournament, the Raiders advanced all the way to the championship match, knocking off #6 seed Butler, #4 seed and host UIC and then #2 seed Cleveland State in the process. WSU was then just one win away from making the NCAA Tournament and battled Loyola down to the wire before falling to the Ramblers in five games in the finals.

 

 Named the fifth head coach in program history on April 21, 2005, Smith came to WSU after an eight-year stint as an assistant coach at the University of South Carolina, where she was involved with all aspects of the Gamecock program. Her duties included overseeing the team's academic progress, serving as the recruiting coordinator and coaching the middle blockers.

During her tenure there, the Gamecocks posted a record of 144-84 with five seasons of 20 wins or more and made five appearances in the NCAA Tournament, three times advancing to the second round. Along with her duties at South Carolina, Smith also worked as a coach for the Irmo Juniors club program in 1999.

Before joining the South Carolina staff, Smith spent three seasons as an assistant coach at St. Mary's College in Moraga, California. There she was responsible for recruiting, scheduling and preparing practice plans. She also served as the interim head coach for the Gaels in early 1996.

Prior to St. Mary's, Smith coached a year at Catalina High School in Arizona and coached Cactus Juniors, a club team in Tucson.

Smith graduated from the University of Arizona in 1994 with a degree in communications. A middle blocker, she lettered all four years for the Wildcats in volleyball and earned three letters as a small forward in basketball.

During her playing days at Arizona, Smith was selected to the Pacific 10 Conference's All-Freshman Team and finished her career ranked in the Wildcat top 10 in solo blocks, block assists and digs. In 2000, she was selected to the conference's All-Decade Team.

As a senior in 1993, Smith led Arizona to a final #16 ranking and an appearance in the NCAA West Regional finals as the Wildcats became the first Pac-10 team to ever defeat UCLA and Stanford in the same season. Arizona overall made two trips to the NCAA Tournament during Smith's career.

In 1990, Smith participated at the U.S. Olympic Festival in Minneapolis, taking home the silver.

A native of Maywood, Illinois, Smith attended Proviso East High School. She won MVP honors her senior year and was selected to the West Suburban and all-conference teams her junior and senior campaigns. She also played on the West Team at the 1990 Sport Festival, winning a silver medal. Smith also lettered in volleyball all four years and in softball and basketball three times.

Smith is a graduate of the Women's Coaching Academy and of the Sports Management Institute. She is active in the American Volleyball Coaches Association in the selection of the all-region team and in the top 25 coaches poll voting. Smith also was part of the selection committee in the hiring of the Athletic Director at Wright state. 

                                                     MATTHEW WORK

 

 

I am a passionate coach with 15 years of experience. My love for the sport began in high school, playing with my brother. I have studied in Japan and China and worked under a number of elite club, college and high school coaches.

 

                                                                       EXPERIENCE

2018-2020

ATLANTA PERFORMANCE VOLLEYBALL CLUB

Assistant Coach 18 Elite

Head Coach 17 Elite

Head Coach 16 Elite

 

2016-2018

KOKORO JUNIORS VOLLEYBALL CLUB

Master Coach

Head Coach 16

Head Coach 17

 

2009-2011

RENAISSANCE VOLLEYBALL CLUB

Assistant Coach 15

Head Coach 16

 

2005-2009

ADVANCED APPROACH VOLLEYBALL CLUB

Assistant Coach 16

Head Coach 16

Head Coach 17

 

2008-2012,2016-2017

WEST ALLEGHENY HIGH SCHOOL

Assistant Varsity Coach

3 WPIAL Championships

1 State Finalist

 

2015

CHARTIERS VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

Assistant Varsity Coach

 

2006-2007. 2013

UPPER SAINT CLAIR HIGH SCHOOL

Assistant Varsity Coach

WPIAL Finalist

                                                                                LaToya Jackson

                                                                                             

 

 

                                                                                            SUMMARY

Enthusiastic and highly motivated volleyball coach, who is dedicated to both, training and developing young athletes for future educational opportunities through the sport and eager to grow in the knowledge of the game.

 

                                              EXPERIENCE

 

Coaching

2007-2015: Jonesboro High School Annual Volleyball Camp         Jonesboro, GA

  • Youth Volleyball Development Instructor

 

2015-2016: Atlanta Boom Atlanta, GA

  • 11 Orange, Head Coach

 

2016: Atlanta International School Atlanta, GA

  • Junior Varsity, Head Coach

 

2017-2020: Atlanta Performance Volleyball Atlanta, GA

  • 16’s Red, Head Coach

  • 16’s Red, Head Coach

  • 16’s White, Head Coach

  • 18’s Navy, Assistant Coach

                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Address:  7401 Graham Rd, Fairburn, GA 30135       E-mail: info@atlantaelitevolleyball.com           

Tel:  470-400-5983

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