Midway University
2016 Volleyball Coaches
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Tripp Swisher
Head Coach - 2nd Season

Tripp Swisher comes to Midway University after serving the last two seasons as head volleyball coach at Union University in Jackson, Tenn. Before joining Union's staff, he was an assistant coach at the University of Memphis from 2011-12. He has also spent many years coaching at the club and high-school levels in the Memphis and Mid-South area.

While at Union, Swisher saw success on and off the court. The Bulldogs experienced improvement in their overall and conference records and multiple players received Gulf South Conference Player of the Week honors. Off the court, the team displayed success in the classroom as it achieved the AVCA Team Academic Award both years. The program also experienced an increase in attendance totals during Swisher's tenure.

Among Swisher's many duties as the assistant coach at Memphis, he helped with general player development, on-court training, practice implementation, scouting, video analysis, camps, compliance, and stat analysis. The Tigers were ranked near the top of Conference USA in numerous statistical categories, especially in 2011, when they were in the top five in kills, hitting percentage and assists. In 2012, the Tigers showed significant improvement on the defensive side of the ball as well. They improved in the C-USA in blocking and diffing both as a team and individually. Swisher saw numerous preseason, weekly and postseason awards given to numerous Tigers during the 2011 and 2012 campaigns. He also saw senior Altrese Hawkins become the all-time kills record holder at Memphis during the 2012 season.

In addition to his work at the collegiate level, Swisher coached several clubs in the Memphis area. Most recently, he worked wtih Viper Volleyball's 17s and 12s teams. In 2013, he coached the 15s team at Memphis Metro Volleyball Club as they prepared for AAU Nationals, where they advanced to the title match. He spent 10 seasons (2004-13) as a club coach and clinician for the Delta Force Volleyball Club in Memphis. From 2001-07, he was the freshman/junior varsity head coach and varsity assistant coach at Cordova High School.

Swisher has been recognized for his numerous years and success in volleyball, including being named a 2012-13 High Performance Coach. His USA Volleyball IMPACT, CAP I and CAP II certified through the USA Volleyball Education Program and is Coach Principles certified through the American Sports Education Program. He holds membership in the Delta Region of USA Volleyball and the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Swisher is a 2006 graduate of Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Whie at Liberty, he played for two years on the university's men's club volleyball team. He also played club volleyball for one year at the University of Memphis.

Swisher and his wife, Kathie, have been married since 2006. They have two "furry kids" in Golden Retrievers Max and Cooper.

Caitlyn Kogge
Assistant Coach - 1st Season