Travis Filar enters his second season as an assistant at Memphis. Filar's responsibilities include working with and training the Tiger middle hitters and focusing on defensive stategies. Off the court, Filar serves as the Director of Volleyball Operations. In that capacity, he is the volleyball camp coordinator, as well as a recruiting assistant. He is also responsible for video tape exchange and video analysis.
Filar, who helped Memphis improve its team blocking by 20 blocks last year, came to the Tiger program in the summer of 2005 after spending two seasons at the University of Kentucky. At UK, he served as a volunteer assistant during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. He took over as the camp coordinator for the Wildcat program in summer of 2004.
During his time at Kentucky, Filar also worked full-time as a physical education instructor and boys and girls basketball coach at Trinity Christian Academy in Lexington, Ky.
Prior to his two-year stint at UK, Filar was the first assistant coach and assistant camp director at Furman University from 2001-02.
Filar broke into the coaching ranks in 1998 at Greenville High (Greenville, S.C.), where he assisted the boys soccer squad. He then moved on to serve as the head junior varsity coach for volleyball and boys basketball at Eastside High School in Taylors, S.C.
The Davidson, N.C., native has worked as the assistant volleyball clinician at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Girls Sports Camp at Gardner-Webb University, as well as serving as a court coach at volleyball camps at Charlotte and Davidson.
Before beginning a career in coaching, Filar played two seasons of club volleyball at Furman, seeing action as a middle hitter.
Filar comes from an athletic background. His father, John, was a successful high school basketball, volleyball and tennis coach in Louisville, Ky., and Charlotte, N.C. He was selected to resurrect the women's basketball program at Davidson College that was discontinued after the 1985-86 season. He served as the head coach at Davidson from 1991-2001, racking up 102 wins. He then spent the 2002-03 season at the University of Nebraska.
His mother, Kay, played collegiate volleyball at Westminster College.
Travis has one brother, Jesse (25), and a sister, Kaitlyn (22). Kaitlyn played two years of volleyball at the University of Georgia, before transferring to play a single-season at UAB.
Filar earned his B.A. degree in Health and Exercise Science from Furman University in 2000.
He is married to the former Natalie Muro. The couple resides in Memphis. Natalie was a four-year letterwinner in women's soccer at Furman University. A former midfielder, she received her B.A. degree in Health and Exercise Science from Furman in 2002 and continued her education at the University of Kentucky, where she earned her master's degree in Physical Therapy.