Gene KriegerHead Coach
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Four-time NCAA Division II and NAIA Coach of the Year, Gene Krieger, was named volleyball coach for the Black and Gold on March 26, 2015 .
“I am thrilled that we were able to attract a coach of Gene's caliber and experience,” said Simpson. “He is a wonderful fit for our university and our department, and brings a wealth of success from his many years on the court. I look forward to the next chapter for Trojan volleyball under Gene's capable and outstanding leadership.”
Krieger arrived in the Electric City after two seasons with Northwestern Oklahoma State in Alva, Okla., where he inherited a young Ranger program that won just two matches in 2012 and led Northwestern to 22 wins in two seasons, including a 17-11 mark in 2014.
The California native is a proven winner at nearly every level. Krieger has posted a 346-172 record over a 14-year span as a collegiate head coach, winning NAIA National Coach of the Year honors three times and was named NCAA Division II Coach of the Year while at Cal Poly Pomona.
“I would like to thank Nancy Simpson and the members of the hiring committee for their time invested in this process,” said Krieger. “Everyone was wonderful to me and made me feel at home especially Nancy, Jennifer Bell, Mr. [Bradley] Orr, and coaches Jason Taylor and Tommy Hewitt. A faith based institution changed my life in college, affected my life greatly as a coach and impacted two of my children. It has long been a prayer of mine to return to a University like Anderson. I am excited to join the department, support the other teams and continue the incredible volleyball team successes on the court and in the classroom.”
At Warner Pacific, Krieger took the reins of a program that began just two years prior to his arrival and guided the Knights to a 28-9 record and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championship in 1982.
The following year, he took over the Western Oregon State program and led the 1983 edition of Wolves’ volleyball to a 20-15 overall mark, with the team posting a 37-6 record the following year.
Krieger served two stints at the helm of the California Baptist volleyball program, from 1988-89 and 1992-95, guiding the Lancers to a total of five NAIA National Tournament appearances in six years, going 141-61 overall. He was named GSAC Coach of the Year in 1989 after leading Cal Baptist to a 35-8 record and earned NAIA Coach of the Year accolades following a an appearance in the 1992 national title contest.
During two seasons (1990-91) at Cal Poly Pomona, Krieger posted a 56-22 record, while leading the Broncos to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament and the 1990 California Regional Championship. He earned CCAA and regional coach of the year, with Volleyball Monthly naming Krieger its NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year.
From 2000 to 2012, he was one of California’s most successful high school coaches, winning California Coach of the Year during his final season at Martin Luther High School in Riverside, Calif. after posting a 210-97 record. Krieger was named league Coach of the Year in five of his 10 seasons with the Wolves and from 2003 to 2006, King went unbeaten in league play, while winning five consecutive Ivy League titles.
Kreiger began his athletic career by playing both basketball and volleyball at Portland State in Oregon. He also played seven years with "Athletes in Action" and is a member of the Tachikara 300 Win Club. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Portland State in 1980 and his master’s degree at PSU, in Education.
Krieger will take the reins of a Trojan volleyball team that lost five seniors, but is expected to return 12 letterwinners from last season’s squad that posted a school-record 25 victories and made its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Southeast Region Tournament.
Krieger is married to his wife Ashley, and has three children, two of whom competed in volleyball at the collegiate level. Tyler played for the Cal Baptist men’s program and daughter Karlie competed for Cal-Santa Barbara. Krieger is the stepfather of Paige Milam, who currently attends Northwestern Oklahoma.
Anderson is scheduled to get the 2015 campaign underway at the Flagler Saints Invitational on Sept. 4-5, in St. Augustine, Fla.
Gene Krieger Coaching Experience
Northwestern Oklahoma State 22-37
Cal Poly Pomona 56-22 NCAA D-II National Coach of the Year
NCAA D-II Region Coach of the Year
CCAA Conference Coach of the Year
California Baptist 141-61 NAIA National Coach of the Year
NAIA Region Coach of the Year
Western Oregon State 57-21 NCAA Region Coach of the Year
Westmont - Warner Pacific 70-31 Two-Time NAIA Nat’l Coach of the Year
Overall Collegiate Record 346-172 (.669)
Martin Luther King High 210-97 CIF Coach of the Year
Overall High School Record 210-97 (.684)
Hannah BuddAssistant Coach
Hannah Budd is entering her first season as an assistant coach on the Anderson volleyball staff. Budd previously played for AU head coach Craig Mosqueda at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. Over the past two years, Budd served as head coach of two high school teams in Kentucky before arriving in South Carolina during the summer. She has been active in the club volleyball scene, coaching for five years for clubs BRVC and TEVA in the Bluegrass State.
As a player, Budd was a two-time All-Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection at libero. She left Asbury as the school’s all-time leader in digs with 2,134 in four years. Budd was a key member of Asbury’s most successful four-year run in school history, as the Eagles won 104 matches and their only two KIAC regular-season titles in school history. Asbury advanced to the KIAC Tournament championship match in each of Budd’s four seasons and competed in the 2008 NAIA National Tournament, the only appearance in school history.
Budd received a bachelor’s degree in History from Asbury in 2011 and will begin a graduate degree program in January, 2014. She currently resides in Central, S.C. with her husband, T.J.