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Phone: (540) 568-7921
E-mail: sweetrs@jmu.edu

Ron Sweet joined head coach Lauren Sauer's JMU volleyball staff on March 2, 2010. He was promoted to Associate Head Coach following the 2011 season.

"I am thrilled to announce the hire of Ron Sweet to complete our staff," commented Sauer, who was hired as JMU's head coach in January.  "Ron has been extremely successful in the coaching ranks for the last ten years, including several National Championships.  His passion, determination and contagious personality will have an immediate impact in our program.  We welcome him to our volleyball family and could not be more excited to have him and his wife, Jenni, here."

Sweet joins the Dukes following six successful seasons as head coach at Kishwaukee College in Malta, Ill.  The Kougars are finished fourth nationally in 2009 following a string of three consecutive National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II national championships from 2006 to 2008.

"I was drawn to JMU volleyball because of the beautiful campus and the way that the administration supports the program," stated Sweet. "I am also extremely excited to work with Lauren, Casey and the team. I look forward to bringing my past success to the court here at James Madison."

In seven seasons since becoming head coach at Kishwaukee, Sweet led the Kougars to an overall mark of 321-47 for an impressive .872 winning percentage.  KC also placed ninth nationally in 2005, third in 2004, and fifth in 2003.

Sweet was twice honored as the NJCAA Division II National Coach of the Year.  He was also Region Coach of the Year six times and Arrowhead Conference Coach of the Year on seven occasions.  The American Volleyball Coaches Association named him the Mid-West Region Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2008.  Sweet has coached 14 First Team All-Americans, 12 First Team Academic All-Americans, and seven AVCA First Team All-Americans.  In 2008, Kishwaukee was the only non Division I school with its recruiting class listed in the top 30 nationally by Prepvolleyball.com.

Sweet began as an assistant coach at Kishwaukee in 2001, aiding the Kougars to a pair of national championships in 2001 and 2002 with an overall record of 103-5.

In addition to his time at Kishwaukee, Sweet is the head coach of Club Fusion, leading 17s and 18s elite teams and offering private volleyball lessons.  In 2008, he was named Coach of the Tournament at the Prepvolleyball.com Tournament.  During his tenure from 1999 to 2009, he coaches several teams to top 10 finishes in the open division and assisted clubs in 2002 and 2008 to Open National Championships.

As a player, Sweet captured a gold medal in the 2003 US Open National Championships with Team Paul Mitchell.  He also captured silver medals with the squad in 2004 and 2005.

Sweet earned his bachelor of science in business management from the University of Phoenix in 2009.  He and his wife, Jenni, will join the JMU program for the 2010 spring practice period and 2010 fall season.

Sweet completes Sauer's coaching staff for the 2010 season.  He joins assistant coach Casey Steinbrecher, who was hired in early February.