Amy Barmore enters her second season as head coach of the Transylvania volleyball team for the 2019 campaign.
During her six-year tenure at Transylvania on the volleyball coaching staff, Barmore has guided the rise of a team emerging on the national landscape for Division III volleyball.
After serving four years as an assistant coach for the Pioneers, Barmore assumed the role of head coach in February of 2018 and proceeded to lead the Transylvania volleyball team to its first appearance in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament championship match in six years.
The Pioneers’ landmark 2018 season followed a regular season in which Transylvania marched through the HCAC on the way to an 8-1 record and its first-ever outright regular-season title. The Pioneers tested their mettle by facing off against seven teams ranked in the top 25, including the eventual national champions. The grueling gauntlet refined the Pioneers for their most successful run in program history through HCAC conference play.
In Barmore’s first season as head coach, individual accolades complemented team success as junior outside hitter Jordan Horne became the second straight Pioneer to capture HCAC Offensive Player of the Year billing while three student-athletes from the 2018 squad earned All-HCAC First Team Honors.
A native of Louisville, Barmore became the fourth Transylvania head coach in program history after spending four years as the lead assistant for a Transylvania volleyball team which increased its win total in each of those four seasons.
“I am extremely excited and blessed to be the head coach at Transy, and thrilled to continue and further our championship culture,” says Barmore.
An intricate part of Transylvania’s rise since 2014, Barmore leads a Transylvania program which has continued a steady rise throughout the decade, first regionally, and now nationally. In her final season as an assistant, the Pioneers produced the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Hannah Talkers and 2017 HCAC Freshman of the Year, Ellie Stigger. Four players in total captured All-HCAC postseason recognition in 2017.
In 2017, Barmore helped direct the Pioneers to their first 20-win season in four years while finishing second in the HCAC and making an appearance in the conference tournament semifinals.
As Transylvania’s lead assistant from 2014 through 2017, Barmore was instrumental in orchestrating three consecutive strong recruiting classes, highlighted by the achievements of Talkers, Stigger, and Horne. Barmore spurred the arrival of the 2016 recruiting class comprising 10 student-athletes who have served as the foundation of the Pioneer volleyball resurgence.
Barmore’s tenure at Transylvania as an assistant coach was marked by consistent player development. In 2015 Barmore oversaw outside hitter Erin Romito’s procession to resetting several program and HCAC records, including the conference record for kills. Barmore’s coaching expertise factored into libero Audrey Brown earning 2015 HCAC Defensive Player of the Year honors while three Pioneers landed all-conference awards that season.
Prior to joining Transylvania, Barmore began her collegiate coaching career at her alma mater, Georgetown College (Ky.), an NAIA Division I school in neighboring Georgetown, Kentucky where she served as the volleyball assistant coach from 2012 through 2014. Her role at Georgetown involved duties as the recruiting coordinator and designing strength and conditioning programs.
Barmore also previously served as a volleyball assistant coach at Tates Creek High School in Lexington and Scott County High School in Georgetown.
Additionally, Barmore has coached with the Lexington United Volleyball Club since 2001, guiding national volleyball youth teams ranging from U-14 through U-17 ages. Those teams have experienced top-15 finishes during her tenure with Lexington United.
Barmore competed collegiately at Georgetown College from 2006 through 2010 as the team’s starting libero, culminating in Georgetown finishing as the national runner-up during her senior season in which she received All-American Honorable Mention honors. She holds the Georgetown program records for digs and aces. Barmore was a three-time All-District and Second Team All-State player at Louisville Male High School.