“I could not be more excited to announce the hiring of Brett Versen as our new assistant coach at JMU,” Steinbrecher said. “As one of the top up-and-coming coaches, he brings a wealth of knowledge about the game and how to develop players to be their best. His work ethic, passion for the game and coaching, as well as his recruiting abilities will make him a tremendous asset to our program. I look forward to seeing the immediate impact Brett will have on our current players and recruits. The future is bright for the Dukes!”
Versen comes to JMU after working as a volunteer assistant at the University of Kentucky in 2012. While at Kentucky he performed as a video coordinator, including scouting and Data Volley coding, while also helping the coaching staff to develop practice and game plans. Versen also worked with the team’s hitters on attacking and blocking technique for a team that reached the NCAA Tournament Regional semifinals. Under his tutelage, three members of the Kentucky team were named AVCA All-Americans in 2012.
In addition to working at the University of Kentucky, Versen also served as the head coach of the Lexington United Volleyball Club 17 National Elite team. He coached at camps at both Ohio State University and the Next Level Volleyball Camp.
"I want to thank Coach Steinbrecher and the JMU athletic department for giving me the opportunity to join the JMU family,” Versen commented. "I could not be more excited about joining the volleyball program. JMU provides the total package to its student-athletes between academics, athletics, and the overall college experience. It was a no-brainer to join the staff here when I was presented with the opportunity. I look forward to helping build on the already solid foundation Coach Steinbrecher has established here."
Versen played volleyball at Ohio State where he was an Asics Volleyball Magazine All-American and First Team All-Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association selection. He helped his team reach two NCAA Championships and win the MIVA Tournament Championship twice. Academically, he was a four-time All-Big Ten Academic honoree and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio State in 2009.
Versen replaces former associate head coach Ron Sweet who left the team in January to take the head coaching position at Wofford.
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