April 2, 2009
Indianapolis, Ind. - Jeff Getz, who spent last season as an assistant coach at Miami (Ohio) after six years on the coaching staff at Evansville, has been named assistant coach for the Butler volleyball team. Head coach Sharon Clark made the announcement on Thursday (April 2).
Getz replaces former associate head coach Karen Weatherington, who left the program after six seasons to become the head coach at Kennesaw State in March.
A native of St. Louis, Getz's primary responsibilities will be recruiting and defensive systems training.
"I am excited to have Jeff join the Bulldog family," Clark said. "He exemplifies the Butler Way. He was a very passionate player in college and continues to be a tremendous competitor. His extensive training will certainly be a great asset to the program, and he is a great fit for our staff and will represent Butler University with the highest level of professionalism.
"Being a St. Louis native, Jeff has extensive recruiting ties in the Midwest, and he was definitely the best person to continue raising our level of success."
Getz comes to Butler after spending the 2008 season as an assistant at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. There, he helped the RedHawks to a 21-12 overall record and an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to his time at Miami, Getz spent six seasons at the University of Evansville working under head coach Mike Swan. As a recruiting and scouting assistant, he helped the Purple Aces increase their offensive totals from 12.49 kills per game in 2003 to just over 14 in 2006. He also helped the team improve from 13.26 digs per game in 2003 to 18.32 digs per game three years later
While with Evansville, Getz worked with 2006 and 2007 Missouri Valley Conference Libero of the Year, Julie Walroth, who ended her career with 2,095 digs, ranking 11th in NCAA history. In 2006, he also helped Evansville make its first MVC Tournament appearance since 2000.
"Jeff will do a great job for Sharon and the program," Swan said. "He will challenge the current players on the court with his very intense, competitive spirit. He is a skillful player, a knowledgeable, energetic recruiter and has a personality that makes working with him fun.
"I know he is really excited that Sharon has given him this opportunity to join her staff," Swan added. "Butler is extremely fortunate to get such a quality coach who knows Midwest volleyball very well."
Prior to Evansville, Getz spent one season at Morehead State where the Eagles finished in second place in the Ohio Valley Conference and ranked second in the nation in digs per game.
Getz was a contributing member for four years with Lewis volleyball. He helped lay the ground work for Lewis' 2003 national championship team, leading the Flyers to a 93-34 overall record during his tenure.
As a freshman at Lewis, Getz helped the Flyers reach the Final Four, finishing with a 25-9 record. As a senior, Lewis finished 24-6 overall, but lost in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association semifinals. Getz capped his four-year career by totaling 252 kills, 130 digs and a .290 hitting percentage as a senior.
Getz came to Lewis as one of the nation's most-decorated high school players out of Rosary High School in St. Louis, Missouri. A three-time all-state selection, Getz was tabbed a "Fab 50" selection by Volleyball Monthly as a senior, and he captured All-America honors from USA Volleyball in 1997.
An outstanding student as well, Getz graduated with a 3.6 GPA from Lewis and was a member of the Dean's List all four years. For his success, he received the Brother David Delanhanty Student Athlete Award. He was also named to the athletic honor roll all four years as well. Getz graduated from Lewis with a bachelor of arts in athletic training in 2002.
Getz will begin his duties on April 6.