Vice President/Director of Athletics Dale Howard has tabbed Jayme Plummer as the new volleyball head coach on Wednesday (Jan. 16).
"I am pleased to be able to announce that Jayme Plummer will be taking over the reins of our volleyball program," said Howard. "Jayme comes to us from Ursuline College where he was building a contender in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. In hiring Jayme, we have found a head coach with significant DII and G-MAC experience, one that understands the needs and goals of a program that is successful in a small private university, and a passionate coach who cares deeply about the total development of our student-athletes."
Plummer comes to Walsh after four seasons at Ursuline College, fellow Great Midwest Athletic Conference member. Plummer will become the 11thhead coach in the 41-year history of the program, when he begins on January 21st.
"I would like to thank the Director of Athletics Dale Howard for bringing me in and allowing me this opportunity. I was drawn to Walsh's mission to encourage individuals to act in accordance with the reason guided by the example and teachings of Jesus Christ. I felt this on campus with everyone I came in contact with. The future is bright for Walsh's volleyball program and I'm excited to be a part of it," said Plummer.
At Ursuline, Plummer led the Arrows to three G-MAC Tournament bids over four seasons with 45 wins total. Plummer saw a nine-win improvement from his first season to the second as the Arrows won 17 matches in 2016. In the 2016 season, the Arrows defeated Trevecca Nazarene to advance to the G-MAC semifinals for the second time in program history. On the court, Plummer had five All-Great Midwest selections with one First Team and four Second Team honorees. Two players (Katelyn Selleny and Vikki Henderson) have earned two G-MAC awards in their careers. While Plummer was at Ursuline, new team program records were set in kills, assists and total blocks.
Academically, the Arrows have embraced the "student-athlete" label under Plummer. The program has earned three Academic Team Awards from the AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) and seven players have been named to the Great Midwest All-Academic Teams.
Before his time at Ursuline, Plummer was an assistant coach at the University of Akron for six seasons (2009-15). Along with being an assistant coach, Plummer was the Mid-American Conference representative on the AVCA Assistant Coaches Committee and was the Recruiting Coordinator for the Zips. The Zips had one All-MAC First Team and three All-MAC Second Team selections when Plummer was there.
Plummer began coaching at the collegiate level as an assistant coach at Cleveland State University for two years (2007-08). He handled day-to-day volleyball operations and was on the coaching staff for a Horizon League Tournament championship and NCAA berth in 2007.
On top of coaching at the collegiate level, Plummer was very involved in coaching at the junior club level as coached various Northeast Ohio teams from 2005-2011.
Plummer was a four-year starter for the men's volleyball program at Kent State, beginning in 2000.
Howard added, "I believe that Jayme will build upon the legacy of success of our volleyball program in terms of wins and losses, but more importantly will work diligently to develop women of high character and passion. Women who will understand the importance of selflessness and giving back to their communities."
The Cavaliers volleyball program went 19-14 last season and advanced to the G-MAC Semifinal after winning the G-MAC East Division.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cleveland State and a Master of Science degree from the University of Akron.
Plummer lives in Independence with his wife, Bridget and two daughters, Brooke and Hazel.