Stone Selected to Lead GYNT Staff

By Bill Kauffman | Jan. 29, 2015, 8:35 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 29, 2015) – 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 an eighth consecutive season. He will be assisted by East Tennessee State University Head Coach Lindsey Devine, University of Central Florida Assistant Coach Michelle Chatman 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 2015 FIVB Volleyball Girls’ Youth World Championship being held Aug. 7-16 in Lima, Peru. Team USA qualified for the World Championship after finishing with the silver medal at the 2014 NORCECA Women’s U18 Continental Championship in Costa Rica.

“I'm excited to be named head coach of the GYNT for the upcoming World Championships,” Stone said. “The World Championship is a special event and our hope is to better our silver medal finish from 2013. I'm equally excited to work with Lindsey, Michelle and Jesse. All three have special talents and will make significant contributions to the team this summer.”

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Jim Stone – Head Coach
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. In 2012 he guided the GYNT to the silver medal at the FIVB Volleyball Girls' Youth World Championship, marking USA Volleyball's first-ever age-group World Championship medal in either gender.

Stone has led the GYNT to NORCECA Girls' U18 Continental Championship gold medals in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Team USA finished 12th and ninth at the 2009 and 2011 FIVB Volleyball Girls' Youth 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.

Lindsey Devine – Assistant Coach
Devine returns as an assistant coach for the GYNT staff for the third consecutive year, which included the 2013 squad winning the silver medal at the FIVB Volleyball Girls' U-18 World Championship. Last season she also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team during the NORCECA World Championship Qualification Tournament that Team USA won. During the summer of 2012, Devine 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. She was on the coaching staff for the 2011 High Performance Championships and the 2012 European Global Challenge in Croatia. 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.

Devine is in her 12th season as head coach of the East Tennessee State University women’s volleyball program. In 2013, ETSU won its first regular season championship since 2006 and finished with a 22-9 record, its second consecutive 20-win season. 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 204 victories 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.

Michelle Chatman – Assistant Coach
Michelle Chatman is completing her seventh season at the University of Central Florida where she serves as the program’s recruiting coordinator and middle blocker coach.

Away from UCF, Chatman is active within the USA Volleyball High Performance pipeline. She served as one of three assistant coaches for the U.S. Women’s National A2 Program (now called U.S. Collegiate National Team Program) in 2011. Chatman was an assistant coach in the Girls’ Select A1 Program in 2011 and 2012. She was a coach with the USA Girls’ Youth A1 National Training Team Program held last summer in Tulsa, Okla.

Chatman played four years at the University of Florida where the Gators posted a 126-10 overall record during her time with the program. As a middle blocker, she helped the Gators reach the NCAA semifinals in 2002 and the championship match in 2003. Chatman earned AVCA All-American Honorable Mention in 2004.

After serving as a student assistant coach at her alma mater in 2005, Chatman was an assistant coach at Georgetown University for two seasons. She arrived at UCF for the 2008 season and has coached several Knights to AVCA All-American and all-conference honors. The Knights have three 20-win seasons in the past four years, including a berth into the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

Jesse Tupac – Technical Coordinator
Jesse Tupac, who returns for his second season with the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team as its technical coordinator, is finishing 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.

Tupac also has other involvement with the HP Pipeline. In 2012, he served in both the Women’s Junior A3 National Training Team Program and the USA Girls’ Select National A3 Training Program. In 2013, Tupac was involved with the USA Girls’ Youth National A2 Invitational Team Program. Aside from his role last year with the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team, he was associate head coach for the USA Girls’ Youth National A3 Training Program in 2014 and assisted with the U.S. Men’s National Team as a technical coordinator.

At the club level Tupac served as a coach and administrator for nationally renowned Sunshine Volleyball Club for seven seasons. At the prep level he 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.