Tyler Wills is in his first season as the Transylvania Volleyball assistant coach.
A native of Dubuque, Iowa, Wills joins Barmore for the upcoming Transylvania women’s volleyball season in fall of 2018.
“I am excited to welcome Tyler Wills as our assistant coach,” stated Barmore. “Tyler has a bright future ahead of him in this profession and I am thrilled knowing what he will bring to this program.”
Wills comes to Transylvania from NCAA Division III Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, where he spent the past season as an assistant coach for the Beavers women’s volleyball team.
In his role at Buena Vista, Wills served as recruiting coordinator, spearheading scouting operations, and assisting with player development. During the 2017 season with Buena Vista, the Beavers went 22-10, finishing as the runner-up in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. Three players from his Buena Vista squad earned All-Conference honors in 2017.
Prior to his tenure with Buena Vista, Wills spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach with the University of Louisville’s volleyball team under head coach Anne Kordes. While at Louisville, Wills was part of a coaching staff that led the Cardinals to a 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship, and produced ACC Player of the Year, Setter of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and Coach of the Year honorees. During his first season at Louisville, the Cardinals went 24-7, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
During his time in Louisville, Wills additionally coached for KIVA (Kentucky Indiana Volleyball Association), coaching U-17 teams for two seasons. Under Wills, those teams placed third and second, respectively at the AAU National Tournament in 2016 and 2017.
Before embarking upon his volleyball coaching career, Wills was a standout volleyball player at NAIA Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, becoming a four-time AVCA All-American, a four-time All-Conference First Team selection, and a two-time conference player of the year. In 2014, Wills led Clarke to a third-place finish at the NAIA National Tournament.
While a player at Clarke, Wills served as an assistant volleyball coach at Southwestern High School in Hazel Green, Wisconsin, coaching three consecutive teams to the state tournament, including two which finished as runners-up.
“I know with Tyler’s knowledge, dedication, passion, and drive he has for the game of volleyball that he brings to our program, we will able to continue progressing as we pursue championships here at Transy,” added Barmore.