Tabbert returns to SDSM&T, joins volleyball coaching staff
Release Date Wednesday, March 26, 2014

RAPID 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.

"I'm 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."  

Tabbert 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 previous decade.    

Overall, 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 scholar-athlete honors. 

   Tabbert 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 immediate. 

  Despite 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 years. 

During 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.  

Previous 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.

From 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, in 1998.  

"Doug 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."

Coach 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). 

Tabbert 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.


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