Jamie Ashmore enters her seventh season at the helm of the Indiana University South Bend volleyball program. Coach Ashmore became the first IU South Bend volleyball coach when the program began in 2011.
The 2016 season was one for the record books as Ashmore guided the Titans to their first National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Tournament appearance. The Titans made a run through the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament before falling in the Championship to the University of St. Francis, 3-2.
Coach Ashmore has garnered three winning seasons including a program best 18 wins during the 2013 campaign. Three players landed on the 2013 CCAC all-conference squad led by Krystle Troyer who was a first team selection. Melissa Macellari and Sierra Conklin garnered second team accolades.
During Ashmore’s tenure there have been 11 Titans named to CCAC All-Conference teams and 21 players named to the CCAC All-Academic squad.
Coach Ashmore has compiled a career record of 96-93 (.507) including a 51-42 (.548) mark in CCAC play.
Prior to her move to IU South Bend, Ashmore served as an administrator for Dunes Volleyball Club in Rolling Prairie, Ind. With Dunes, she was responsible for tryouts, camps, marketing materials, in addition to her coaching duties. On the court, Ashmore led the club's top 15U team to a first-place finish in the Bronze Division at the AAU Nationals in Orlando.
As a collegiate standout at Grand Valley State, Ashmore was a four-year starter, leading her team to the 2005 NCAA Division II National Championship as a freshman, and again deep in the NCAA Tournament as a junior and senior, reaching the Elite 8 and Final Four during those years, respectively. During the NCAA Championship season, she was named as a second team All-American. As a senior, she earned first team All-Region and All-GLIAC selections and was named the Most Valuable Player during the GLIAC conference tournament, a recognition she also garnered during her junior season. In all, her senior season saw her play in all 37 matches for the Lakers, including each of the teams' 136 games.
As a high school star at LaPorte High School, Ashmore was named team MVP twice and was a two-time Herald Argus Player of the Year. In addition, she earned all-state, all-area and Duneland Athletic Conference honors during her final two seasons with the Slicers. She currently holds school records in assists, service aces, set attempts and games played.
Alison Derdzinski enters her sixth year as an assistant coach for the Indiana University South Bend women's volleyball team. She was a volunteer coach for the IU South Bend club team during the 2010-11 season and played on the club team during the spring of 2010. Derdzinski graduated from IU South Bend in 2010 with a degree in human resources management.
Derdzinski graduated from Riley High School in South Bend where she was a two-time all-conference selection in the Northern Indiana Conference and was the team's MVP as a senior. She was also awarded the distinguished athlete award from the U.S. Marine Corps for courage, poise, self-confidence, and leadership as a senior. Derdzinski received a full ride scholarship to play volleyball at Green Bay, where she played for one season before returning to South Bend to concentrate on academics.