Brian Smith finished his seventh season as the head coach of the Millersville volleyball team in 2016. Since taking over the program in 2010, Smith has returned the Marauders to perennial postseason contenders and mentored numerous players to record-setting careers and awards.
Smith, a 1987 graduate of Millersville University, led the program to back-to-back PSAC Tournament appearances in 2012 and 2013--a first at Millersville since 2004-05. He has coached nine All-PSAC East honorees including three-time honoree Brooklyn Smith, who was also named PSAC East Defensive Athlete of the Year in 2013. Brooklyn went on to set the school record for digs in a career with 2,429.
Three of Smith's players--Allison Huss, Katie Lesinski and Erin Harman--entered into rare company at Millersville, totaling 1,000 career kills. They are three of just nine Marauders to reach the milestone. Lesinski also won the PSAC East Freshman of the Year Award in 2011.
Smith's players have set records in career blocks and career digs. Four of his setters rank in the top 10 in career assists and three others rank in the top 10 in career service aces. In 2015, Brooklyn Smith became the program's all-time leader in digs with 2,429 for her career.
Smith inherited a program that had missed the postseason for four consecutive seasons and had not posted an above-.500 record in a decade. Smith quickly turned the Marauders fortunes with a postseason appearance in 2012. The Marauders then turned in a 16-16 record and 11-11 conference mark in 2013, marking the program's first .500 league record since 2005. The upward trend continued in 2015 as the Marauders finished 18-15 and posted the best start in program history (7-0) despite suffering season-ending injuries to its top two offensive players.
Prior to becoming the head coach, Smith was the program's assistant in 2010. For the four years prior, Smith served as a coach with the LAVA club volleyball team and has been the club director for the last three years. Smith also spent the 2008 season as an assistant at Franklin & Marshall.
In addition to his work at Franklin & Marshall and with LAVA, Smith coached the girls' junior varsity team at Lancaster Mennonite for four years before taking over the boys' varsity program for four years. He is also a current board member in the Keystone Region and a USAV official.
Smith gained playing experience during his time in the United States Marine Corps. From 1991-93, Smith was a member of the All-Marine Corps Volleyball Team. He also played at the USAV AA, A and B levels for 14 years.
Smith graduated from Millersville in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in speech communications.
Libby Woffindin joined the Millersville volleyball coaching staff prior to the 2014 season. The Allentown, Pa., native graduated from Shippensburg in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a minor in coaching. While playing for Shippensburg from 2008-11 (middle blocker), the William Allen High School product was a two-time member of the All-PSAC Eastern Division Second Team (2010, 2011) and was a PSAC Player of the Week once in 2011.
In 137 career matches, Woffindin amassed a school record 273 career block assists in addition to 340 total blocks and 122 career aces. Her 971 kills rank seventh all-time in SU history. As a junior in 2010, Woffindin set the Shippensburg University single-season record for block assists (118) and had 139 total blocks en route to the first of consecutive all-conference citations. Each of her block assists records she set have since been broken.
Woffindin was the Revolution Volleyball Club head coach for the 15 and 16-year olds from 2010-12. She was also a coach for Josh Steinbach's Volleyball Camps at Villanova from 2008-11. Woffindin was a part of the Philadelphia Volleyball Academy in 2013. She is currently coaching the 15 and 16-year olds at Club Lehigh and the 18-year old Rox Orange Club at the Synergy Volleyball Club that won the region in 2014.
Her older sister Kate was an assistant at Villanova after playing four years at William & Mary.
Chestnut Hill College
Kim Kolesnik took the reins of the Chestnut Hill College women's volleyball program in 2008. Under her direction, the Griffins have continued to improve as members of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC), recently reaching their first CACC Championship Tournament in 2011. That same year, Kolesnik joined the Chestnut Hill College undergraduate faculty as an adjunct communications professor. Since then Kolesnik has expanded her role, assuming admissions duties as an Applications Manager Assistant and the Assistant to the Director of Athletics in 2014.
Kolesnik led the Griffins to a school-record nine CACC victories during the 2014 campaign, which culminated in a 14-16 overall mark (9-10 CACC) and included the program's first-ever defeat of Philadelphia University and a record-setting five-game winning streak. Chestnut Hill College also established new program marks in kills per set (11.01), attack percentage (.160), digs per set (19.26), block assists (234), and points per set (13.88).
Kolesnik is a 2007 graduate of Cabrini College where she helped advance the Cavaliers to one of the top programs in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC). As a student-athlete at Cabrini College, Kolesnik served as the Cavaliers defensive specialist and libero while collecting several academic accolades including the Cabrini College Female Scholar Athlete of the Year (2006-2007), the Philadelphia Inquirer Women's Volleyball Academic All-Area Team (2005 & 2006), and the PAC All-Academic Team (2003-2006). On the floor, Kolesnik led the PAC in digs in 2005 and assisted in the rise of the Cavaliers from a non-contender to a semifinal participant in each of her final three seasons. She graduated magna cum laude with bachelor degrees in both psychology and english/communication before earning a master's in communications at Villanova University (2010).
As a head coach, Kolesnik has consistently produced successful teams in the Liberty Belles and Outsiders Volleyball Clubs of the Delaware Valley. She recently graduated from the NCAA Womens Coaches Academy (WCA) and serves on the volleyball Regional Advisory Committee (RAC). Professionally, Kolesnik serves as an adjunct communications professor at Chestnut Hill College. She currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2014 marked Zach Smith's third season as a student assistant. He proved to play a big part in Millersville's success all season including its sweep of West Chester on Sept. 26 and its sweep of Shippensburg on Oct. 28. The Marauders hadn't defeated the Golden Rams in straight sets since 2005 and hadn't done so against the Raiders since 2002.
Zach Smith completed his second season as a student assistant for the women's volleyball team following the 2013 season. He helped coach a team that finished with a record of 16-16 overalll and 11-11 in conference play. In 2013, the Marauders reached the PSAC Tournament for the second consecutive season, which hadn't been done since the 2004-05 seasons.
In 2012, Smith was part of a coaching staff that enjoyed the program's return to the PSAC Tournament for the first time in seven seasons, by posting a 14-18 overall record, with a 7-12 record in PSAC play.
Smith joined the women's volleyball coaching staff as a student assistant prior to the 2012 season. His playing experience includes starring at Lancaster Mennonite High School, where he made history as the first junior to be named a captain in the history of the program. He was also picked as an all-state outside hitter. He currently plays for the Millersville Volleyball Club team and has also played for the Yorktowne Volleyball Club.
As a member of the Yorktowne Volleyball Club team, Smith played outside hitter in 2007 and 2008, but switched to libero and played that position until the end of his time with the team in 2010. As a fun fact, he was the tallest libero at nationals during all three years in which he played the position.
Smith's coaching experience includes the LAVA Boy's U14 and U18 teams. He coached the U14 level in 2010-11 and the U18 level in 2011-12. In addition, he has helped out as the Lancaster Mennonite boy's varsity assistant coach in 2011-12 and worked at Lancaster Mennonite's camp from 2009-12. This summer, he helped with the Millersville University volleyball camps.
West Chester University
Joe Portland joins the West Chester University volleyball coaching staff for the 2016 volleyball season, after spending the 2015 season as an assistant coach at Muhlenberg College.
Portland returns to his alma mater, after helping Muhlenberg to a 19-9 campaign, where in 2013 he served as a volunteer coach while studying for his undergraduate degree. He also played on and served as vice-president and president of the men's club volleyball team. In 2012, the men's Golden Rams club team tied for ninth at the National College Volleyball Federation national tournament.
Portland played scholastically at Exeter High School in Reading, helping his team to a county championship and fifth-place state finish in 2010. In 2014, Portland served as the Interim Head Coach of the Exeter Township Senior High School boys' team that won a division championship and finished 12-3 overall. He also served as an assistant coach for the Muhlenberg High School girls' team from 2012 to 2014.
Portland also has several years of experience coaching club for various clubs such as Club Lehigh and Red Rose for boys and AVA and X-Factor for girls. He has also worked at volleyball camps at the University of Virginia, Villanova University and Delaware YMCA.