CITY --- South Dakota School of Mines volleyball fans will see a familiar face
on the sidelines this fall as former head coach Doug Tabbert has returned to
the Lady Hardrocker program as the new assistant.
very excited to announce the addition of Coach Tabbert to our staff," said
Lady Hardrocker head coach Tiffany McCampbell. "Doug has a tremendous
amount of coaching experience and his recruiting skills are outstanding. Doug
knows what it takes to be a student-athlete at South Dakota Mines and he will
prove to be an asset to the success of our program."
was head coach of the Lady 'Rockers from 2003-2006. The program improved
steadily during his tenure, culminating with a 16-win season in 2006 that
represented the program's second highest season winning percentage in the
Lady Hardrocker players during his tenure earned one third-team All-American
selection, one conference Most Valuable Senior designation, four all-conference
selections, eight conference player-of-the-Week honors, three region Player-of-the-Week
awards, five All-America scholar athlete awards, and 25 conference
comes back to SD Mines from Cameron University, (Okla.) where he served as head
coach for three seasons (2011-13). Although he was the program's sixth
head coach in a seven seasons, Tabbert's impact on the Cameron program was
being picked to finish last in the pre-season conference poll, his first squad
at Cameron more than doubled the number of conference wins from the previous
season and earned the program's first conference tournament bid in four
his tenure in Oklahoma, Cameron players earned seven all-conference designations,
garnered multiple conference Player-of-the-Week awards and tied or broke
multiple Cameron individual volleyball records.
to that, Tabbert spent four years at the University of Nebraska at Kearney
(2007-10), where he was assistant coach. While at UNK, the Lopers had an
overall record of 129-17 and a conference record of 71-4 including four regular-season
conference championships, two conference tournament championships, four NCAA
tournament appearances, and final national rankings of No. 19, No. 6, No. 12
and No. 5.
2001-02, Tabbert was head coach at Hastings College in Hastings, Neb., before
beginning his first head coaching job at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC,
has done it all," McCampbell said. "He's been involved with
volleyball for quite some time and has seen the sport at every level. Doug was
able to help build the Hardrocker program the last time he was here and will
help do it again as we continue to be competitive at the Div. II level."
Tabbert holds B.S. degrees in Psychology and Business Administration from Baker
University (Kansas) and a Master's degree in Development Kinesiology from
Bowling Green State U. (Ohio).
is a native of Perry, Kansas and has coached 17 all-conference and 12
all-academic conference players, 10 all-region players, and seven All-Americans.
He replaces Jennie Malone, who served as assistant volleyball coach for the
Lady Hardrockers from 2010-13.