Assistant Volleyball Coach
Calaeb Campbell is in his first season as an assistant coach at Youngstown State.
Campbell spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Southeast Missouri where he focused on the Redhawks’ liberos and defense.
“I am grateful and excited to have Caleb join our YSU volleyball family,” Scott said. “His work ethic and enthusiasm for the game will help to challenge our players while still allowing him to connect with them. We have a shared vision on how to train and develop players, and I know his ability to connect with recruits will help us tremendously.”
At SEMO, Campbell helped the Redhawks rank fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference with 16.85 digs per set in his first year. Senior libero Jade Mortimer ranked fourth individually in the conference with 4.61 digs per set and 525 total digs. The Redhawks experienced a four-win improvement in 2017 in what was Campbell’s second season.
In addition to serving as the position coach for liberos, defensive specialists and secondary passers, Campbell was charged with overseeing the program’s daily operations, practice planning and team travel. He was heavily involved with the design and distribution of the team’s gear in addition to helping with recruiting and developing marketing strategies to increase attendance at matches and team camps.
Prior to his two-year stint at Southeast Missouri, Campbell spent 14 months as a volunteer assistant coach at Tennessee Tech. He was responsible for demonstrating and running a variety of team and position-specific drills. He also aided heavily in student-athlete physical fitness. TTU finished the season ranked second in the league in digs per set with 16.60 and held opponents to a .208 hitting percentage, which ranked fifth in the OVC.
Before his experience in the OVC, Campbell coached at the club and high school levels. He was the head coach of the MidTN Volleyball Club out of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and he spent nearly three years as a site director and coach with the Ethos Volleyball Club. His high school experience included a season at Hume-Fogg Academic High School in Nashville, Tenn. and three years assisting the staff at Cookeville High School.
Campbell, a native of Spencer, Tenn., is a 2013 graduate of Tennessee Tech with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Multidisciplinary Studies and Exercise Science. Throughout his undergrad, Campbell played club volleyball at Tennessee Tech. He served as the libero for the team and earned Best Defensive Player each season. He also worked closely with the Exercise Science Majors Club to get the team active in the community with various philanthropic activities.
Graduate Assistant Volleyball Coach
Former Youngstown State volleyball player Jessie Gerig completed her second season as a graduate assistant with the program in 2017.
Gerig was a three-year letterwinner during her career as a student-athlete at YSU. She transferred to Youngstown State for her sophomore year and served as a setter and defensive specialist during her time. She was named the team's Rookie of the Year in 2013, and she earned the Players Award after her senior year in 2015.
Career Notes: Finished her three-year career with 420 assists, which was the 17th-most in program history... Additionally, her 1.45 assists per set ranked 16th-best in program history.
2015 (Senior) | Match-By-Match Stats: Earned the team's Players Award for making a difference every day on and off the court... Appeared in 113 of YSU's 114 sets and started 13 matches... Started 12 matches as a defensive specialist and was YSU's libero at Northern Kentucky (10/9)... Posted career highs with 297 digs and 2.63 digs per set... Also notched career highs with 26 aces and 0.23 aces per set... Averaged 2.90 digs per set and 0.22 aces per set against Horizon League opponents... Reached double digits in digs 15 times, including six straight matches from Oct. 13-30 and a stretch of eight out of nine matches during conference play... Had a career-best 19 digs in four sets in the Horizon League opener against Green Bay (9/24)... Posted 17 digs twice... Set a new career high with three aces in the season opener against Bradley (8/28).
2014 (Junior) | Match-By-Match Stats: Played in all 117 sets and started 22 matches… Primarily played in the back row and was the starting setter in three matches… Posted 254 digs for an average of 2.17 digs per set while adding 15 aces, 11 kills and five blocks… Averaged 2.35 digs in league play… Reached double figures in digs in 11 matches, including five straight to end the regular season… Had a double-double in all three matches she started at setter… Posted career highs of 46 aces, 15 digs and two blocks in a five setter at Green Bay (11/8)… Had a career-best four kills and 32 assists in a sweep of UMass Lowell… Also had 39 assists, 14 digs and two blocks at Milwaukee (11/7)... Tied her career high in digs with 15, 10 of which came in the third set, at Valparaiso (10/3).
2013 (Sophomore) | Match-By-Match Stats: Made her debut on Sept. 21 and went on to play in 17 of the Penguins' final 20 matches... Was named the Penguins' Rookie of the Year... Played in 60 sets as a setter in YSU's 6-2 offense and occasionally as a defensive specialist... Finished the year with 217 assists and 95 digs for averages of 3.62 and 1.58... Added 15 kills on a .286 attack percentage and nine aces... Averaged 3.59 assists and 1.59 digs in 12 Horizon League matches... Had a career-high 26 assists in a five-set loss to Milwaukee the final weekend of the regular season (11/15)... Also eclipsed 20 assists in YSU's five-set victory over Green Bay in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Tournament (11/22)... Had three kills in four attempts in a four-set victory over Kent State (10/1)... Also had two aces against the Golden Flashes and two more against Valparaiso (10/11).... Her season-high in digs came at UIC (11/8).
2012 (Broward College): Averaged 7.43 assists per set as a freshman at Broward College, which finished the season with an 8-11 record... Also averaged 2.34 digs, 1.19 kills, 0.43 blocks and 0.21 aces... Posted a high of 45 assists at Palm Beach State College... Had seven kills in back-to-back matches against Pasco-Hernando Community College and Palm Beach State College... Had a high of 16 digs versus Polk State College.
High School: Earned three letters while playing for coach Christen Konopasek... Named team MVP her senior year... Twice earned sportsmanship awards.
Personal: Daughter of Doug and Becky... Has six sisters (Nicki, Vanessa, Jackie, Ginny, Katie and Janelle) and a brother (David)... Her sister Nicki played volleyball at Auburn (2007) and Florida Atlantic (2008-10), and her sister Jackie played at LSU... Major is exercise science... 2014-15 recipient of the McKenna Family Scholarship.