NU VB: Meske Named Head Volleyball Coach at Augustana
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Meske Named Head Volleyball Coach at Augustana
LINCOLN – After eight seasons with the Nebraska volleyball program, assistant coach Dan Meske has accepted the head coach position at Augustana in Sioux Falls, S.D.
“Dan has been with us for eight years and done a great job,” Head Coach John Cook said. “We are super happy for him to be able to take this next step in his career as the head coach at a great program. What is really impressive about Dan is that he started with us as a graduate manager in 2007 and worked his way up to an assistant coach position starting in 2011. He is a great example that when you pay your dues and work hard, great things will happen for you.”
In his eight seasons at Nebraska, Meske helped the Huskers to a 216-44 record, three Big 12 Championships, a Big Ten Championship, eight NCAA Tournament appearances, six regional finals and an appearance in the 2008 NCAA Semifinals. Meske takes over an Augustana program that finished 18-10 last year and 11-9 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Meske will look to lead the Vikings back to the NCAA Division II Tournament, where they haven’t been since 2008.
“I am so proud of the time I have spent with Nebraska volleyball,” Meske said. “Coach Cook has been a great mentor, and I can’t thank him enough for constantly challenging me to be a better coach and person. The decision to leave was a hard one for my family and me, but at the end of the day the time was right. Laurel, Ryne and I will be the biggest Husker volleyball fans in South Dakota, you can count on that.”
In 2014, under Meske’s guidance, the Huskers finished 10th in the nation in total blocks (343.5) and second in the Big Ten in blocks per set (2.94). Middle blocker Cecilia Hall was second in the conference in blocks per set (1.45) and earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors, as did fellow middle blocker Meghan Haggerty, who ranked sixth in the Big Ten in blocks. Nebraska totaled 19.5 blocks in its NCAA first-round win over Hofstra, just one-half block shy of the school record for a three-set NCAA Tournament match.
A native of Willow Springs, Ill., Meske joined the Huskers as a graduate manager in 2007 following a four-year playing career at Ohio State, where he played both libero and opposite. After two years as a graduate manager and two years as a volunteer coach on Cook’s staff, Meske was promoted to a full-time assistant position prior to the 2011 season. Meske coordinated the Huskers’ blocking and defense and trained NU’s middle blockers. He also has an extensive background at the club level, coaching Chicago’s Sports Performance Girls’ 16-Red team to a silver medal at the 2009 AAU National Championships in Orlando. In 2012, Meske led his VCNebraska 14s team to an open silver medal in the 2012 AAU National Championships.