Lippert named Windsor Lancers men's volleyball head coach
WINDSOR, Ont. - Gord Grace, Director of Athletics at the University of Windsor is pleased to announce the hiring of Shawn Lippert as the new head coach of the Lancer Men's Volleyball program. The appointment is effective immediately.
The Windsor native has been with the program since 2008 and spent the past season as the Associate Head Coach and lead recruiting coordinator for the Lancers. Over the course of his three years with the program, he has made a big impact in the areas of recruiting and player development.
"We are pleased to announce that Coach Lippert will be taking
over as the new head coach of the Lancer Men's Volleyball program,"
commented Grace. "Shawn has worked hard to help build the program
over the past few seasons and we are looking forward to seeing the
team continue to grow under his leadership."
Lippert will be the fourth head coach in program history after taking over from Huub Kemmere who recently announced his retirement after 20 years of coaching.
"I am really excited to have the privilege of taking over as the head coach of the University of Windsor men's volleyball program," commented Lippert. "Coach Kemmere has been a great mentor for me and I am looking forward to continuing to build on the work he has done over the past 20 years with the Lancers. I am determined to work extremely hard to help develop our players and our team into one of the elite programs in the OUA."
Coach Lippert has been instrumental in helping advance the program forward over the past three seasons. He has led the recruiting efforts since 2008, where his first recruits were OUA all-rookie team selections Kyle Williamson and Justin Kuskoff.
With a dynamic group of young players, the Lancers qualified for the playoffs in 2010 for the first time in six years and earned a home play-off game for the first time in a decade.
The Lancers earned a return trip to the playoffs in 2011 and also earned some impressive individual accolades, including Kyle Williamson being named the OUA player of the year and the program's first ever CIS first team All-Canadian.
"We've got a talented group of players who are committed to taking the next step forward," added Lippert. "I can't wait to get started and move forward into next season."
No stranger to the local volleyball community, Lippert has been involved in the sport in a variety of capacities over the past 17 years.
He started his coaching career with the Kennedy HS Clippers in 1994 and moved on to coach the bantam division of the Windsor Gamblers in the Ontario Volleyball Association (OVA) in 1995. The Gamblers were eventually amalgamated with Riverside Athletics four years later and Lippert continued on as a Director with the program.
Coach Lippert continued to gain valuable experience over the course of the next decade as he coached at all levels with the Riverside club volleyball program. In all, he has coached three Provincial championship teams and earned one bronze medal at the national championships.
He was hired in 2009 by the Ontario Volleyball Association to coach in the Athlete Development Program (ADP) for Region 3 which encompasses all of South Western Ontario. With the ADP team, he helped lead them to a gold medal at the Regional Games in 2009 and a silver medal in 2010.
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