2017 Volleyball Coaches
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Jeremy Wise
Head Coach - 5th Season


  • Jeremy Wise became the 12th head coach in Union volleyball program history in May of 2013. He begins his fourth season at the helm of the Bulldog program in 2016, and 19th year overall as a collegiate head coach.
  • Wise guided the Bulldogs to back-to-back Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Tournament championships, winning in 2014 and 2015, advancing to the NAIA National Championship Tournament each year.
  • Named the AAC Coach of the Year in 2015.
  • Until the championship in 2014, Union had not won the conference tournament or appeared at nationals for in four seasons,
  • The Bulldogs finished 2014 with a 30-10 overall mark, the best for the program in since a 34-15 ledger in 2007, and just the second season all-time in program history where the Bulldogs won 30 matches in a season.
  • In the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round in 2014, Wise and the Bulldogs gave No. 16 Madonna (Mich.) all they could handle, before falling in four sets. For the first time in program history, however, Union was able to take a set in an NAIA National Tournament match, as the Bulldogs fell in straight sets in their two previous appearances.
  • Union faced No. 14 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) in the 2015 NAIA National Tournament Opening Round, falling in three sets.
  • In all, Wise has won two conference titles at Union and three in his career.
  • Individually, several of Wise’s student-athletes have accumulated numerous awards. During his time at Union, he has produced one AAC Player of the Year, three AAC Libero of the Year honorees, nine All-AAC First Team selections, one All-AAC Second Team honoree, eight AAC All-Tournament members, two AAC Tournament MVPs, four AAC All-Freshmen Team selections, nine Academic All-Conference honorees, one AVCA Northeast Region Player of the Year, three AVCA All-Region First Team members, three AVCA All-Region honorable mentions and three Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.
  • With 2015's results, Wise's career record now sits at 409-301, Wise ranks in the top 10 for winningest volleyball active coaches in the NAIA. He owns a .576 career winning percentage.
  • Wise came to Union after a five-year stint at William Penn (Iowa) where he compiled a 121-95 record with the Lady Statesmen.
  • Prior to that, Wise amassed a 202-174 record during a 10-year stay at Urbana (Ohio). He advanced to the NAIA National Championship Tournament at both stops.
  • Wise led William Penn to the program's first-ever national tournament appearance in 2008, earning a berth to the NAIA Opening Round. The team shared the Midwest Collegiate Conference regular-season crown and then claimed the MCC Tournament title.  The squad's 26 wins (26-15) were the most since 1985.
  • The 2008 MCC Coach of the Year, Wise led 17 players to all-conference recognition and one to All-Region and All-America status.  Ten individuals have claimed NAIA Scholar-Athlete recognition and 25 have been named to the academic all-conference team.
  • While at William Penn, Wise built and ran a successful junior Olympic club volleyball program, and also worked with the HIgh Performance Junior Olympic program in both Ohio and Iowa.
  • Wise coached at Urbana for 10 years from 1998-07. He inherited a team that had not had a winning season in school history and had won only four games in the previous three years. Wise quickly turned the program around and led the Blue Knights to numerous postseason appearances as well as a national ranking. His squads broke every school record, including wins, and he left as the winningest coach in school history with 202 victories.
  • Also during his tenure at Urbana, Wise guided 26 players to all-conference recognition, had five all-freshman team honorees, and two Region IX Defensive Players of the Year. His squads succeeded academically as well as 13 individuals garnered NAIA Scholar-Athlete laurels and 22 earned academic-all conference honors.
  • Wise also has spent several Summers overseas, winning two University Gold Medals in Australia.
  • In 1996, Wise graduated from Ohio University with a double degree in coaching and sports industry and a minor in psychology. He also received his masters in Athletic Administration from Ohio in 1997. Wise and his wife, Katie, have two sons, Austin and Logan.

Wise Year-by-Year:

Year School Record Pct. Notes
2015 Union (Ky.) 27-13 .675 AAC Tournament Champs; NAIA Opening Round
2014 Union (Ky.) 30-10 .750 AAC Tournament Champs; NAIA Opening Round
2013 Union (Ky.) 26-9 .743 AAC Tournament Finalst
2012 William Penn (Iowa) 28-15 .651  
2011 William Penn (Iowa) 19-23 .452  
2010 William Penn (Iowa) 25-21 .543  
2009 William Penn (Iowa) 23-21 523  
2008 William Penn (Iowa) 26-15 .634 Co-MCC Champs, MCC Tournament Champs, NAIA Opening Round
2007 Urbana (Ohio) 17-17 .500  
2006 Urbana (Ohio) 29-16 .644  
2005 Urbana (Ohio) 37-9 .804  
2004 Urbana (Ohio) 29-15 659  
2003 Urbana (Ohio) 14-20 .412  
2002 Urbana (Ohio) 21-16 568  
2001 Urbana (Ohio) 24-17 .585  
2000 Urbana (Ohio) 19-17 .528  
1999 Urbana (Ohio) 9-21 .300  
1998 Urbana (Ohio) 2-23 .080