|College:||St. Cloud State, 1999|
|Position:||Head Volleyball Coach|
Craig Case is in his third season at the helm of the Texas A&M University-Commerce volleyball program.
Under Case's leadership, a pair of Lions earned All-Lone Star Conference accolades in 2011, with middle blocker Rachel Robertson being named to the first team and setter Jordan Neal picking up second team honors. Robertson and fellow middle blocker Kayla Bond were also selected as Capital One first team Academic All-District IV selections for their success in the classroom.
Case made a strong impact in his first season in Commerce, leading the Lions to a 14-15 record, including a 7-6 mark at the Fieldhouse as A&M-Commerce finished the year strong, winning six of its final nine matches. He saw a pair of his players go on to receive Lone Star Conference postseason honors, as Jordan Neal and Rachel Robertson both were recognized with All-LSC second team honors.
Case came to A&M-Commerce with an extensive volleyball coaching career, including the last four seasons at Valley City State University in Valley City, North Dakota. In addition to serving as the head volleyball coach, he also served as an instructor and as the school’s sports information director. He guided the Vikings to its first winning season in nearly a decade and currently ranks second all-time in career wins in the program.
At VCSU, Case coached the athletic department’s first-ever, first-team female All-American, two academic all-americans, an AVCA/NAIA Regional Player of the Year as well as multiple players, who earned conference recognition from the Dakota Athletic Conference. Among the recognition were two DAC Liberos of the Year and a DAC Player of the Year. Twice, his team was recognized by the NAIA as Champions of Character and was recognized by the AVCA for its academic success. Concurrently, he was also involved as the Director of the Valley City Juniors Volleyball Club.
Case served as the head volleyball coach at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Oklahoma as they restarted their volleyball program in 2005. Despite having only a month to compile a team, Case had a player earn all-Sooner Athletic Conference honors.
Prior to that, he served for three seasons as an assistant coach and assistant in the athletic development office at Northern State University, where he directed two all-region performers and five all-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference selections, a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Libero of the Year and the team earned academic honors from the AVCA all three years.
He has been active with volleyball camps ranging from remedial developmental to elite performance camps. He has served as a speaker at the North Dakota, South Dakota and the Oklahoma Volleyball Coaches Association clinics.
Case received his bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University in 1999 and holds a master’s degree in education from St. Lawrence University and received his master’s degree in education with an emphasis in physical education, health and coaching at Northern State University. He also serves as the head coach of the NorTex volleyball club team located in Dallas.
|2006||Valley City State||16-15||.516||8-6||.571|
|2007||Valley City State||13-19||.406||4-10||.286|
|2008||Valley City State||10-23||.303||2-12||.143|
|2009||Valley City State||13-16||.448||5-9||.357|
All-American volleyball standout Marcie Hampton joined the A&M-Commerce staff in the winter of 2012 as an assistant coach and consultant. She has focused primarily on working with the Lion outside hitters and middle blockers.
"Marcie brings with her an incredible wealth of volleyball knowledge and experience," said head coach Craig Case. "Having competed and won at all levels of volleyball, she is able to relate to our players and understands the dynamics of game situations, which will be an incredible asset for this team moving forward. Marcie has made an immediate impact on all of our hitters, namely Rachel Robertson, Ciara Holmes and Ezon Onditi and has also been able to parlay her knowledge to help our ball control and defensive players."
Hampton was a three-time All-American at Florida, helping lead the Gators to four NCAA tournament appearances, including a pair of regional finals. A four-time All-SEC selection, Hampton concluded her career with 1,471 kills, averaging 3.34 per set, a .250 hitting percentage, 1,384 digs and 217 total blocks.
Hampton also made her mark on the international stage as well, serving as a member of the 2007 U.S. Women's National Team and winning a bronze medal at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Hampton was a member of the USA Junior National Team in 2001, 2002 and 2004, including as the team captain of the gold medal USA Youth National team in 2002.
A Gainesville, Fla. native, Hampton earned her degree in telecommunications from Florida in 2008. She graduated from P.K. Yonge High School where she was a two-time high school All-American and was named Florida's Miss Volleyball in 2002.
|Position:||Volunteer Assistant Coach|
Case bolstered the Lion staff heading into the 2012-13, adding Julia Carlo as an assistant coach. Carlo brings with her a wealth of experience both as a head coach and an assistant at both the Division I and Division II levels.
We are extremely excited about Julia coming on board with our team," Case said. "The experience she bring will hopefully help our players achieve the goals we have set for the year. She has been a key component of our preseason workouts and I'm looking forward to working with her throughout the year."
Carlo comes to A&M-Commerce from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she was an assistant coach for two seasons with the Bulldogs. She was also an assistant coach at Rutgers University for two seasons prior to joining the staff at Drake.
Carlo served as the head volleyball coach at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa, from 2003-05, leading the Peacocks to a program record for most wins in a season. She started her coaching career at Alma College in Alma, Mich., serving as an assistant coach for three seasons.
She also has experience at the high school level, serving as an assistant coach while helping guide a pair of schools to the state championship, while adding a wealth of interscholastic and junior olympic experience. During her career, she has been a part of two conference championships and has coached nine All-Conference players while 22 others earned All-Academic honors.
Carlo earned her bachelor of arts in English and communication from Alma College and was a member of the volleyball team, serving as team captain. She is married to Casey Carlo, who is the defensive line coach for the A&M-Commerce football team.