Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina head volleyball coach Karen Glover today announced the addition of Travis Nead to complete her coaching staff entering the 2014 season.
Nead comes to Cullowhee with over 13 years of playing experience throughout varsity high school volleyball, men's club, collegiate club and continued play in indoor and beach adult tournaments. Most recently, Nead worked on staff at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., as an assistant coach.
Nead assumes the position vacated by former assistant Nicole McCoy who took a head coaching job at NCAA Division III Concordia University Texas.
"I am excited to have Travis join our coaching staff," said Glover. "He is a great addition and I believe he will make an immediate impact with our players' skill development. I think he is going to be a great recruiter for our program as well."
During his time as an assistant coach at Eckerd College, Nead was primarily responsible for in-game statistics, high school and middle school outreach, summer and satellite camps, and overseeing the physical development of student-athletes through strength & conditioning. Nead worked with a pair of All-America selections and three players that earned all-conference accolades. Last season, Eckerd posted a 20-10 season with a second-place finish in the Sunshine State Conference and a No. 3 seed in the NCAA regional.
Prior to his stint at Eckerd, Nead worked at Carrollwood Day School in Tampa as head volleyball coach from 2009 through 2013. In his three years there, he compiled a 43-31 overall record. In 2012, he guided his team to a record 19-win season, a second-place finish in the District 3A regular season and had three athletes earn All-County Honorable Mention honors.
As a club volleyball head coach, Nead worked for the Club Storm of Tampa from 2010 to 2012 and Tampa United Volleyball Academy in 2013. In his club coaching roles, he amassed a 126-65 overall record. His 2011 13U Club Storm team of Tampa won three-straight tournaments, and claimed its first Florida Regional Tournament title in club history. The 2013 16 United team won the MAV Explosion and Silver Open Bracket at the Tampa Slam under his coaching.
A 2010 graduate of the University of South Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in business management, Nead played three years on the men's club volleyball team. He earned his Masters of Education and Coaching Education from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, in 2013.
The Catamount volleyball team continues its preseason preparations this week with two-a-day practices Monday through Thursday. On Friday, the squad will aid in the campus-wide Freshman Move-In Day before practicing that evening ahead of another two-a-day session on Saturday.
WCU opens the 2014 season on Friday, Aug. 29 against Florida International in tournament play at the Univ. of Central Florida in Orlando.