Three New Tigers Join Memphis for 2014
Skills camps, position camps, team camps offered
The Memphis volleyball program hosts their banquet this Saturday.
The women's volleyball program has hired Erica Lear as an assistant coach and promoted James Onikeku to associate head coach.
Watch highlights of the Tiger volleyball team's annual Blue & Gray preseason scrimmage and hear from head coach April Jauregui as she talks about her outlook on the upcoming season.
Erica Lear joined the Memphis staff in February of 2013.
Lear has a history in the state of Tennessee, as she had a standout playing career at the University of Tennessee from 1998-2001. At the completion of her career, Lear was the Lady Vols' all-time leader in assists with 5,069 career helpers. Over her four year career, Lear averaged 12.87 assists per set, which still stands as the all-time mark in Tennessee history. She was a three-time all-Southeastern Conference (SEC) conference performer, and recorded at least 1,000 dimes each of her four seasons at Tennessee.
Starting in 2003, Lear began coaching at the Emory volleyball camps and became the head coach of an A5 Volleyball Club team. She guided her team to a 16-2 mark and a regional final appearance. A season ago, Lear was hired as an assistant at Emory University, where she specialized in training the setters and middle hitters. The Eagles won the University Athletic Association (UAA) championship and advanced to the regional finals. Lear coached four all-conference players, including three All-Americans and the UAA Rookie of the Year at Emory.
"I am thrilled to add Erica Lear to our volleyball staff. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge from having played at a very high level at the University of Tennessee, and also having worked with renowned coach Jenny McDowell at Emory University for the past two seasons," Jauregui said.
"She came highly-recommended from coaches I truly respect in the industry, and she thoroughly impressed me during the interview process. Erica has taken a different path in her move to Division I coaching, but that makes it all the more exciting because she has used those experiences to develop her understanding of the world and her passion for coaching."
"There is no doubt that Erica will bring a nice balance to our current staff as we set to embark on the challenge of entering the American Athletic Conference. Erica's primary on-the-court responsibilities will include on the court training of our setters and our offensive system," Jauregui added.