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ATHENS, Ohio -- Fifth-year Ohio volleyball head coach Deane Webb has announced the addition of Adam Kuntz to his coaching staff as the program's director of operations.
"Adam comes to us with experience in both the coaching and director of operations roles," said Webb. "Having someone come in as our DOVO that has already filled that role successfully at another NCAA Division I program allows for a quicker transition into performing that role successfully for our team. This role, though many people outside our program don't realize it, is an important one to allow our team to function at their highest level."
With Kuntz becoming the director of operations for the Bobcats, Laura Santos moves into the volunteer assistant coach role for Ohio. Santos spent her first season with Ohio as the program's director of operations.
"Laura making the move to a coaching role will lead to impressive gains for our outside hitters," said Webb. "Having a background as an incredibly successful player at that position -- a first team collegiate All-American who played professionally -- gives her both the credibility and knowledge to teach our outside hitters, and her desire to help others improve while having a great experience is outstanding. I'm excited to have her move into this role, and I know our team is as well."
Kuntz comes to Athens after spending the 2017 season as the volunteer assistant coach at William & Mary. In his role with the Tribe, he developed travel itineraries for the team, arranged on-campus visits for prospective student-athletes, compiled scouting reports, analyzed practice and game film for team meetings and film sessions, assisted with in-match adjustments and reinforced fundamental tactics and strategies with on-court training.
Kuntz arrived at William & Mary after a successful seven-year run mentoring at the high school level in various parts of Nebraska. He served as the head coach at Sutton High School for three seasons, compiling a 61-33 overall record. He guided the Mustangs to back-to-back conference championships, which allowed the team to qualify for the state playoffs both seasons.
Prior to his time at Sutton, Kuntz spent a year as the head coach at Sumner-Eddyville-Miller, mentoring his team to a 17-12 mark and a third-place finish in the Fort Kearney Conference Tournament after going 6-21 the previous year.
Kuntz's first head coaching opportunity came at Cedar Catholic, where his team went 80-20 in three seasons. The Trojans qualified for the state playoffs each season during his tenure, capped by a state championship in his final season.
Kuntz got his start in coaching with NE Nebraska Power Club -- an 18's Gold Level Club Team.
Kuntz graduated from Wayne State in 2009 with a degree in secondary education. While in college, he spent a season competing for Missouri Valley College and was also a member of the University of Nebraska club team for a year. He also served as a student assistant for the Wayne State College volleyball team.
The Bobcats are coming off of a 2017 season that saw Ohio go 17-15 -- including a 10-6 mark in Mid-American Conference play. Ohio earned the No. 4 seed in the 2017 MAC Championship and a bye to the tournament quarterfinals. Ohio topped Eastern Michigan, 3-1, to advance to the league tournament semifinals for the 16th year in a row. Returning for Ohio in 2018 will be 2017 MAC Setter of the Year Vera Giacomazzi (San Vendemiano, Italy), 2017 MAC Freshman of the Year Tia Jimerson (Sugar Hill, Ga.) and 2017 First Team All-MAC outside hitter Lizzie Stephens (Frisco, Texas). Outside hitter Jaime Kosiorek (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) -- a 2016 All-MAC Honorable Mention selection -- will also be back for a final season after redshirting the 2017 campaign due to injury.
The Bobcats have gone 81-43 (.653) in four seasons under the direction of Webb -- including 50-14 (.781) in MAC play. Ohio won a MAC regular season title with a perfect 16-0 (1.000) league year in 2014, then captured the conference tournament title in 2015.
The 2018 preseason features two events prior to the start of regular season competition. Ohio will hold its annual Green & White Scrimmage at the Convocation Center on Saturday (Aug. 11) at 3 p.m. EST. The Bobcats will then welcome Pittsburgh to the Convo for an exhibition match on Aug. 18. Ohio will make the drive up U.S. Route 33 to Columbus to compete in a tournament hosted by in-state rival Ohio State (Aug. 24-25) to open the new regular season. The Bobcats return to the friendly confines of the Convo to play host to the annual Bobcat Invitational (Sept. 7-8). Click here for Ohio's full 2018 schedule.
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