Florida Southern volleyball coach Jill Stephens has announced the hiring of two new assistant coaches for the 2012 season, adding Rob Koehler and Blake Rawlins to a staff that already includes volunteer assistant Mike Flynn. Both Koehler and Rawlins have previous coaching experience at the college and club levels.
Koehler, who comes to Florida Southern from Long Beach State University, is a 2008 graduate of Carthage College in Wisconsin where he was a 2-time All-American as a middle blocker and helped the Red Men advance to the Molten Division III national championships twice. At the time of his graduation, Koehler was the school’s career leader in total blocks, block assists and blocks per set. His average of 1.11 blocks per set still stands as the all-time Carthage College record, and he also ranks among the career leaders in kills and attack percentage.
Following his graduation, Koehler served one year as an assistant coach at Carthage before becoming head coach of the Waukesha West High School boys’ program. He then spent one season as an assistant coach for the women’s volleyball team at Marquette before joining the women’s team at Long Beach State University in 2011. As an assistant at LBSU, Koehler helped the 49’ers to a 23-7 record and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Rawlins comes to Florida Southern from the Top Select Volleyball Academy in Florida where he was both a head coach and assistant coach with the program. He previously helped develop Atlantic Coast Juniors Volleyball Club in 2008, where he was the head Co-Director and head coach for the national teams. While there, his teams consistently finished in the top ten of the USAV Florida Regional Rankings from 2009-11, and his 18’s team finished third at the Big South and Lone Star National Qualifiers in 2011. Rawlins was also selected as a first assistant for USA’s High Performance Florida Region Team in 2007 and 2009.
At the collegiate level, Rawlins was an assistant coach at Embry-Riddle University from 2005-09, helping the Eagles to a 109-56 record and two Sun Conference championships during that time. He’s remained involved in college volleyball by spending summers running camps and working for some of the top programs in the country as a staff member.
Koehler and Rawlins will be replacing former assistant coach Brian Imperiale, who has joined the staff at the University of South Florida under new head coach Courtney Draper. Draper previously spent eight years as head coach at Eckerd College in the Sunshine State Conference.
Florida Southern will begin its 2012 season on Thursday, August 30 at the Western Oregon Invitational. The Moccasins’ home opener is Tuesday, September 4, against Minnesota State-Moorhead.