* Butler's all-time leader in volleyball wins
* 2010 Horizon League Champion and NCAA Tournament appearance
* Eight winning seasons at Butler
* Four 20-win seasons (1996, 2003, 2009, 2010)
Under the guidance of head coach Sharon Clark, who will be in her 14th season with the Bulldogs in 2013, the Butler volleyball program has won championships and produced All-American players. In her 11th season at Butler (18th overall), Clark mentored the Bulldogs to the 2010 Horizon League Volleyball Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance.
The 2010 season started with the team playing some of the nation's top teams, including Baylor, Louisville and Arizona. The tough competition paid off as Butler would go 13-3 in the Horizon League and then win the league tournament as the No. 2 seed. After playing in the NCAA tourney, Butler finished the 2010 season with a 21-10 record.
In 2012, Clark and the Bulldogs competed in their only season in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Bulldogs posted a winning record, winning five straight matches at the end of the regular season to qualify for the A-10 volleyball tournament.
Clark's 2009 Butler squad was one of her best. Butler went 21-14 - including a 9-0 mark at home - and claimed a regular season tourney championship at IPFW. The total of 21 wins was at the time the program's highest mark since 1997. Another milestone for Clark came during the 2009 season, when the coach picked up her 250th career victory.
During her time at Butler, Clark has made a habit of developing some of the top talent in the Horizon League. Twelve Bulldog players have been named to the conference all-newcomer team in the past seven seasons, including one player who won the league's newcomer of the year award.
The 2008 Bulldogs finished the year with 19 wins - the school's most since 2003 - and ended up just one set shy of reaching the Horizon League Championship match for the 10th time in program history.
A proven recruiter and developer of talent, Clark has coached a pair of two-time AVCA All-Americans during her tenure at Butler. Jessica Wolfe was honorable mention All-American in 2009 and 2010 as well as a 3-time All-Horizon League player. Former BU great Areal Bienemy was named as an AVCA All-America honorable mention selection in 2003 before repeating the honor in 2004. Additionally, Clark has coached 18 All-Horizon League players and 15 all-newcomer team honorees during her time at Butler.
The Bulldogs have advanced to the league tournament semifinals seven times in Clark's 12 seasons, including a breakout 2000 team that finished with an 18-12 record and a second-place finish at the tournament in her first season.
The 2006 season was a memorable one for Clark, as the Bulldog coach registered her 200th career victory with a thrilling 3-2 win over Evansville before notching her 100th Butler win in a 3-0 sweep at Youngstown State.
The 2003 squad put together the most successful season under Clark with a 20-12 overall record, finishing the season ranked fourth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Midwest region and 55th nationally, according to RPI rankings. That campaign was followed by a 12-2 Horizon League mark in 2004, the best record since the 1997 season.
Clark came to Butler after serving as the head coach at the University of California-Davis for six seasons.
Her tenure with the Aggies was filled with success, as her teams averaged more than 16 wins per season and claimed two Northern California Athletic Conference titles to earn appearances in the NCAA Division II Championship. In addition, 90 percent of her student-athletes graduated, proving her commitment to both sides of the term "student-athlete."
Clark racked up a 97-85 (.533) record in six years at UC-Davis. The 1996 team was her most successful group, boasting a 21-11 overall record and a dominant 11-1 mark in league play as the Aggies won their second Northern California Athletic Conference (NCAC) title in three seasons and made a return trip to the NCAA Division II Tournament.
The Aggies' successful 1996 campaign earned Clark her second Coach of the Year honor from the NCAC. She was also honored as the Tachikara/AVCA Southwest Region Coach of the Year and was nominated for national coach of the year honors.
Clark began her head coaching career at Humboldt State in Arcata, Calif., where she spent a year on the Lumberjacks sidelines before moving to UC-Davis.
Prior to that, she served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at her alma mater Cal State-Sacramento from 1990-92, helping the Hornets to a 41-6 record in 1990 and an NCAA Division II quarterfinals appearance. In its first NCAA Division I season, the team posted a 20-13 record and a trip to the National Invitational Volleyball Championship.
Clark's collegiate volleyball journey began at Cal State-Sacramento, where she played from 1985-88. Playing in 228 games over four years, she helped the Hornets to the NCAA Division II playoffs in each of her four seasons.
In addition to her work on the college sidelines, Clark is involved with several committees and numerous NCAA educational programs. She serves as the Horizon League representative for the AVCA Head Coaches Committee, is a co-chair of the AVCA Minority Coaches Clinic and serves on the Butler University Human Resources and Organizational Development committee. Additionally, she has been a facilitator at the NCAA Career in Sports Forum.
She also sits on several national advisory boards and works as a Cadre with the USA Volleyball Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP), where she helps new coaches to become more educated and acclimated in the coaching field.
Clark is a 2005 graduate of the NCAA's Women Coaches Academy, which was created to enhance the skills and perspectives of women coaches and to aid in the retention of women coaches in intercollegiate athletics. The program, just in its fourth year, included 26 coaches at Clark's June 2005 session at Emory University in Atlanta.
A former winner of the NCAA Ethnic Minority Postgraduate Scholarship, Clark also co-founded Club Sacramento, a junior volleyball team, in 1985. She coached the team for eight years, including a sixth-place finish in the 1991 Junior Olympics.
In 2007, she was honored with the Sam Lacy Pioneer Award, presented by the sports task force of the National Association of Black Journalists, for her success and leadership as an NCAA head coach and member of the AVCA. Earlier that year, she was recognized as just one of six recipients nationwide of the Rebecca Howard Star Award from USA Volleyball for demonstrating a successful commitment to diversity in the sport.
Clark graduated with a bachelor's of science degree in physical education from California State-Sacramento in 1989 and received her master's degree in sports administration from her alma mater in 1994.
She and her husband, Tim, have a son, Myles Oliver.
CLARK AS A HEAD COACH
|At Butler (13 yrs.)||210-180||106-84|
|Overall (20 yrs.)||312-289||162-132|
Lenika Vazquez was hired as an assistant coach at Butler in the winter of 2012. Vazquez, who was most recently the head coach at South Suburban College in Illinois, came to Butler with 10 years of high school and collegiate volleyball coaching experience.
Her responsibilities at Butler include recruiting, fundraising and she will coordinate BU's defense.
"Lenika is a wonderful addition to our program,” head coach Sharon Clark said when hiring Vazquez. "She is tremendously competitive and loves to train players. She comes to us with good experience having been a D-I head coach."
Vazquez was named head coach at SSC in South Holland, Ill., in
the fall of 2010. At South Suburban, Vazquez was charged with
recruiting and developing players. Vazquez also co-founded Illiana
Explosive Volleyball Club in Crete, Ill., a south suburb of
Chicago. In addition to coaching in the Chicago area, Vazquez work
as a Personal Training Director at an LA Fitness in Oakbrook,
Prior to her time at South Suburban, Vazquez was the head coach at Chicago State University for three seasons. While at CSU, Vazquez proved to be a talented and relentless recruiter and coach. She had three players break school records for kills, blocks, assists and digs and had several players earn various academic honors.
After coaching two season as a head coach at the high school level in Illinois, Vazquez began her coaching career in 2002 as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Southern Illinois. While at SIU, Vazquez was involved with recruiting, travel, training, game management and community service projects. In her first season at SIU, she helped the Salukis to a 23-10 season and a first-ever appearance in the Missouri Valley Conference final.
As a player, Vazquez was a defensive specialist at SIU from
1996-99. She was an integral part of Southern Illinois' 1998 squad
that went 19-12 and 12-6 in the MVC. She played in college for
Sonya (Locke) Hopkins, who is coordinator of academic support for
A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Vazquez earned a degree in business management from Southern Illinois in 2001.
Dottie Porch joined the Butler volleyball coaching staff in the summer of 2013. Porch, who has extensive knowledge of the game both as a player and a coach, most recently served as the head coach of the Niagara volleyball program in 2012.
Porch spent one season as the head coach at Niagara where she guided the team to a 15-14 overall record which included a 12-6 mark in the MAAC conference. While coaching at Niagara, Porch worked with recruiting, budgets, and team development.
The newest member of the Butler coaching staff has worked as an assistant coach at Indiana, George Mason, and Pittsburgh. While working with the Panthers, Porch was responsible for on-court development, on-court drills, coordinating team travel and working with the team budget. She worked at Pitt from 2011-12 and helped the team post an 18-15 record during her stay.
Prior to her job at Pittsburgh, Porch worked as an assistant volleyball coach at George Mason from 2007-11. Porch worked closely with setters, defensive specialists, and middle blockers at George Mason before dialing in with outside hitters at Pittsburgh. The Patriots recorded three winning seasons during Porch’s time with the program including a 23-9 overall record during the 2009 season which included a Colonial Athletic Association Conference Championship.
Porch’s first collegiate assistant coaching job came at Indiana during the 2005-06 campaign. On-court development of middle blockers was a primary responsibility for Porch at Indiana, but she also assisted with the planning of practice, coordinated team travel, and recruiting.
Club volleyball is also in Porch’s background as she helped develop young players off and on for a decade. Porch got her start in club volleyball coaching with the Indy Juniors in 2002 and most recently helped coach the Pittsburgh Elite Volleyball Club in 2012.
As a player, Porch was an AVCA All-American at IPFW where she played for the Mastodons from 1994-97. Porch was a three-time GLVC All-Conference selection and was twice named All-Region. She went on to be inducted into the IPFW Hall of Fame in 2010.
A short professional career followed Porch’s time at IPFW as she spent time as an outside hitter in the European Professional League. Porch was able to play in Finland, Italy, Portugal and Turkey from 1998-2001.
Porch earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a minor in Media Production from Purdue University while attending IPFW.
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Ivie Obeime, who played volleyball at Indiana, came to Butler as Director of Volleyball Operations in the summer of 2012. In her position, she assists with administrative and promotional duties surrounding the program.
Obeime, a native of Carmel, Ind., played three seasons (2009-11) at Indiana as an undergrad. She appeared in 70 matches, starting 36 times and posting career averages of 2.01 kills and 0.44 digs per set. In 2010, she started 24 matches and helped IU to an NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance.
She played her high school career at Indianapolis powerhouse Brebeuf Jesuit, leading the team to a state championship in 2005. She was named second team All-Marion County in 2007 and won the Chief's Award in 20007, the highest honor a Brebeuf Jesuit student-athlete can receive. She also lettered three times in basketball and was a member of the 2007 3A Indiana State Basketball Championship squad.
Obeime earned a degree in human biology in 2012.