Chris Gaskill is in his first year as an assistant volleyball coach at Illinois State. Gaskill joins the Redbird volleyball program after spending the previous four seasons under Appalachian State head coach Chad Callihan. He spent the past year as ASPU's assistant coach, and served as the volunteer assistant coach for the previous three campaigns while competing in volleyball and finishing his degree at Division II Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C.
At ISU, the 24-year old Gaskill will assume the role of recruiting coordinator and coach the middle blockers. He will also be heavily involved in scouting, assist in practice preparation and be a key part of the program's annual camps.
In his time at ASU, Gaskill assisted in guiding the Mountaineers to back-to-back Southern Conference regular season titles in 2003 and 2004. A middle blocker on Lees-McRae's men's volleyball team, Gaskill also helped develop ASU's first-ever volleyball all-American, middle blocker Stefanie Panzer.
At Lees-McRae College, Gaskill was a three-year captain for the Bobcat volleyball team, under coaches Jaime Petrik and Megan Wargo. In his four seasons, LMC compiled a 66-36 record. He ranked eighth in hitting percentage in the nation (Division I and II) in 2006 and was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Player of the Week (April 10, 2006). The New Oxford, Pa., native also ranked in the top five in the nation in blocks per games three of his four years with the Bobcats. He earned his degree in sports management from Lees-McRae in 2006.