Stone Returns as Girls' Youth Team Head Coach
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 5, 2014) – USA Volleyball has announced that Jim Stone has returned to serve as head coach for the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Volleyball Team (GYNT) for a seventh consecutive season. He will be assisted by Colorado State University Associate Head Coach Brook Coulter and East Tennessee State University Head Coach Lindsey Devine as assistant coaches and Iowa State University’s Jesse Tupac as technical coordinator.
The GYNT is the highest level of programming for players born in 1998 or 1999. The squad will represent the United States at the biennial NORCECA Women’s U-18 Continental Championship June 22-30 in Costa Rica. Team USA has won the tournament six consecutive editions, and seven of eight times in the event’s history. The NORCECA event is a qualifier into the 2015 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U18 World Championship.
Since retiring as head women’s volleyball coach at The Ohio State University in 2007, Stone has been busy within the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline serving as head coach of the GYNT the past six years. Last summer he guided the GYNT to silver medal at the FIVB Volleyball Girls' U-18 World Championship, marking USA Volleyball's first-ever age-group World Championship medal in either gender.
Stone has led the GYNT to NORCECA Girls' U-18 Continental Championship gold medals in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Team USA finished 12th and ninth at the 2009 and 2011 FIVB Volleyball Girls' U-18 World Championships, respectively. He served as the head coach for the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team at the 2010 USA Volleyball High Performance Championships leading the team to a gold medal in the Women’s International Junior Division. Only a few days later, he switched hats and served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team during its gold-medal performance at the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix.
Stone, who was named a USA Volleyball All-Time Great Coach in 2012, served as the women’s volleyball head coach at Ohio State University for 26 years. Over his final 19 years with the Buckeye program, he established Ohio State as an annual Top 25 team. During that period, OSU had an overall record of 394-149 (.726) and a Big Ten Conference mark of 241-135 (.641). He won the Big Ten Conference championship three times, finishing second five times. The Buckeyes participated in 15 NCAA Tournaments, advancing to the NCAA Championship semifinals in 1991 and 1994. His 26-year career record with Ohio State is 531-294.
Stone has been part of U.S. coaching staffs in each of the last three decades. He coached the men’s team which represented the South at the 1981 National Sports Festival at Syracuse, N.Y. In 1985, he coached the USA Junior National Team, which toured China and Japan. He served as coach of the East women in the 1986 Olympic Sports Festival. Additionally, Stone was selected to coach the men’s East team at the 1990 Olympic Sports Festival. In the summer of 1993, he was an assistant coach to the United States National “B” team that trained in San Diego and then played in Germany. In July of 1999, Stone was the head coach for the World University Games team, held in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Coulter has previous experience coaching in USA Volleyball’s High Performance Pipeline. In 2013, she served as head coach for the USA Future Select National Training Program working with the top athletes under the age of 13. Coulter was an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s Junior A2 Team in 2011 after serving as head coach for the HP A3 Camp in 2009.
Since 2012, Coulter has served as associate head coach at Colorado State with back-to-back NCAA Division I Tournament appearances. The Rams ended 2013 with a 28-2 record following a 21-8 record her first season with the program. Prior to serving as an assistant coach at the University of Georgia in 2011, Coulter was an assistant coach at University of Denver for four seasons (2007-10). The Pioneers went 77-54 during her tenure, including a program-best 25-7 mark in 2008.
As a collegiate player, Coulter was a four-year starter and three-year captain at University of California-Berkeley. The outside hitter was named to the All-Pac-10 freshman team in 1996 and was a two-time member of the Pac-10 honorable mention squad. After collegiate, Coulter played professionally in Europe from 2002-07, competing for teams in Austria, Spain, Germany and Slovenia. She was also employed by Bring It Promotions, where she directed and organized international tours throughout Slovenia and Eastern Europe.
Devine returns as an assistant coach for the GYNT, having been part of the staff leading the 2013 squad to the FIVB Volleyball Girls' U-18 World Championship silver medal. She will also serve as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team during the NORCECA World Championship Qualification Tournament set for May 15-18 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. During the summer of 2012, she was part of the coaching staff that led the GYNT in the European Global Challenge.
Devine is USA Volleyball CAP I certified and has served as a court coach with USA Volleyball High Performance Camps for the last several years. Devine is also the head coach for Kingsport Volleyball Club 17. Since the founding of the club, Devine has raised the level of club volleyball in the state of Tennessee.
Last fall Devine led ETSU to its first regular season championship since 2006. The squad finished with a 22-9 record, its second consecutive 20-win season, and a program-best 16-2 record in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Devine's daughter Megan earned AVCA All-America Honorable Mention while playing under her mother in 2013. Devine is the all-time winningest coach in ETSU history with 187 victories in her 12 seasons at the helm. She was the first coach in ETSU history to take the Buccaneers to the NCAA Tournament, having won the 2012 Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship in 2012.
Jesse Tupac is starting his first season as graduate assistant at Iowa State University after spending the 2013 season as a volunteer assistant coach at Loyola Marymount University and USA Volleyball.
From February to August 2013, Tupac interned with the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team under the direction of head coach Karch Kiraly. At LMU, Tupac assisted with the technical training of setters and middles, coordinating the video and data analysis, as well compiling scouting reports of opponents.
At the club level Tupac has spent the last seven years as a coach and administrator for nationally renowned Sunshine Volleyball Club. During his time as an administrator Sunshine has grown from 15 teams to its current slate of 23 teams. As a coach for Sunshine, Tupac has found considerable success leading three 18s teams to the USAV Girls' Junior National Championships, winning the 18 National bronze medal with his 18-South Bay team.
At the prep level Tupac coached 12 separate seasons at four different high schools in southern California leading his teams to numerous record seasons and league championships. His high school programs twice reached the CIF quarterfinals, including an appearance in the CIF finals.