Chattanooga head volleyball coach Travis Filar announced thepromotion of Taylor Wittmer to a full-time assistant coaching position. Wittmeris in her second year on the coaching staff along with Savanah Parra.
Wittmer spent last season assisting in travel, video andfilm breakdown during her first year with the Mocs. The former IndianaUniversity student-athlete also coordinated the Mocs’ monthly newsletter andplanned community service events for the team. On the court, she workedprimarily with middle blockers.
“Taylor was such a large part of last year’s team,” Filarsaid. “She worked hard for us last season andshe is ready to take on moreresponsibilities in a larger role this season. It is nice to bring her onfull-time and be able to reward her for her dedication to the team.”
In addition to her duties from last season, the formerHoosier takes on the task of recruiting, assisting as a camp director andacting as an academic liaison.
“In the short time she has been here, she has had a lastingimpact on the culture of the team and in the lives of our student-athletes,”Filar said. “She understands what it takes to build a program, and she is arole model for leadership and competitiveness.”
While with the Hoosiers, the Loogootee, Ind., native helpedlead the Hoosiers to the program's first NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2010as a middle blocker and right-side hitter.
She was honored with the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award duringthe 2010 season voted upon by the league's coaches. Wittmer was acknowledgedwith the Coaches' Award in 2007 and the Player's Inspiration Award in 2009 bythe IU volleyball program.
“This is an amazing opportunity,” Wittmer said. “I amblessed to be a part of such a great program. I am excited about the growth ofour team, and I am looking forward to helping the Mocs become a championshipteam.”
Wittmer is currently pursuing her master’s degree inResearch Psychology from UTC.
The Mocs will wrap up preseason practice Sunday before preparingto host the Country Inns & Suites Invitational next weekend.