Plunkett Joins Redbird Volleyball Staff
May 2, 2012
NORMAL, Ill. -Illinois State head volleyball coach Melissa Myers has announced the hiring of Eric Plunkett as an assistant coach. Plunkett brings coaching experience at various levels of men's and women's volleyball at the high school, collegiate and club levels.
"Eric is a great addition to our staff," Myers said. "I was initially drawn to his championship experience, but in getting to know him better, it became evident that his work ethic, demeanor and professionalism are a great fit for our program."
Plunkett served as a volunteer assistant during the 2011 season at Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. His responsibilities with the Rebels included assisting with practices, scouting and recruiting procedures and potential recruit evaluations.
Prior to joining Illinois State, Plunkett served as the men's volleyball assistant coach at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. In his two year stint, he helped Clarke produce its first NAIA All-American. Plunkett organized recruiting efforts for the Crusaders, facilitated fundraising for club tournaments and gained a wide range of experience with responsibility of designing and instructing practices.
He has expanded his coaching efforts by instructing the Stingray Volleyball Club in California and leading the girls 15-1s premier team to qualify for the Junior Olympics with a fifth place finish. From that team, he produced an all-tournament selection at the Junior Olympics and a 2012 Under Armor All-American.
"I am very excited and eager to join the program here at Illinois State," said Plunkett. "I would like to thank coach Myers and the athletic administration for this opportunity to be a part of the tradition at Illinois State."
Plunkett, who graduated from California Baptist with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology, played four seasons of college volleyball. He was a three-time NAIA national champion and a two-time NAIA all-tournament selection at California Baptist. He started for three seasons as a setter and captained the team his senior year.
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