The Horned Frogs’ incoming recruiting class is ranked for the third straight season by Prepvolleyball.com.
Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer adds two more signees to the 2018 signing class.
The 2018 TCU schedule features 13 matches against NCAA Tournament teams and 11 against teams ranked in the RPI top 50.
The junior was named to the AVCA All-Southwest Region Team on Tuesday.
Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer signs a pair of Texas natives to the 2018 class.
Photos by Sharon Ellman
Photos by Sharon Ellman and Ray Carlin
Photos by Sharon Ellman
Photos by Ray Carlin
Photos by Sharon Ellman
Coach Kramer can be reached via email at email@example.com or in her office at (817) 257-7360.
TCU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Chris Del Conte announced the hiring of Jill Kramer as Director of Volleyball on December 29, 2014. Kramer became the third head coach in the history of the volleyball program.
Kramer, the first scholarship volleyball student-athlete in the history of TCU who still holds the school records in kills, kills per set and total attacks, returns as a Horned Frog after serving as head coach at West Virginia the past five seasons.
The Kramer era for the TCU volleyball team began with a berth to the 2015 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship, as the Horned Frogs earned an at-large selection to the tournament. The selection into the tournament marked the second in program history and first since 2009, while also making it the first time into the tournament for Kramer in her head coaching career.
The biggest win in program history came under the watchful eye of Kramer, as she guided the Frogs to a 3-0 sweep at home over RPI No. 2 Texas on Oct. 28. The win snapped Texas’ conference road winning streak of 19-straight matches. It marked the first win over a top-10 and top-5 opponent in school history and the first time the Longhorns had been swept in the 2015 season and also marked Texas’ lone conference loss in the 2015 season.
Since reaching the program’s highest RPI in 2009 at No. 34, TCU has yet to come within reach in recent seasons. Under Kramer, the Frogs began the 2015 season at No. 61 and climbed to as high as No. 38. The resurgence speaks testaments of Kramer’s work to revamp the culture and work ethic of the program. After finishing in the 90s in RPI the last two seasons, the first-year head coach helped the team to only its second NCAA appearance in program history and an RPI finish of No. 52.
A key to the resurgence by TCU in 2015 was all due to the improvement of the team’s blocking game under Kramer. The Frogs out-blocked their opponents 25 times in 2015 and were only out-blocked in four matches. TCU recorded 17 matches with double-digit blocks and finished the season ranked inside the top 10 nationally at No. 7, while also leading the Big 12 from the very first match of the season. TCU also boasted the best two blockers in the Big 12 with juniors Regan McGuire and Natalie Gower becoming stout defenders at the net. McGuire led the league from the very first match and was ranked in the top-10 nationally all season long and finished with a No. 7 ranking of 1.54 blocks per set. Gower was not far behind and improved her blocking game all season and climbed to No. 2 in the conference and No. 40 nationally with 1.27 blocks per set.
There were plenty of accolades for Kramer’s players in 2015 starting with AVCA All-America Honorable Mention honoree Ashley Smith. The junior became only the fourth player in program history to earn that honor while also being named to the All-Big 12 Second Team. McGuire and Gower also earned a spot on the All-Big 12 Second Team, while freshman Ashleigh Martin was a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team. The four conference honors were the most by a TCU volleyball team since joining the Big 12 Conference in 2012.
At West Virginia
West Virginia finished one of its most successful seasons in 2014 with a program-high RPI of 70 and also garnering its first All-Americans in program history when Jordan Anderson and Nikki Attea earned the AVCA All-America Honorable Mention honors. Anderson also became the first player in the history of the program to be named to the All-Big 12 First Team.
In 2013, Kramer led her team to its best start in program history (10-0), its first Big 12 Conference victory and its first 20-win season in more than two decades. She also saw her squad finish No. 74 in the RPI - 118 spots higher than 2012 - the eighth-best improvement in the country and the largest among major conference schools. In the Mountaineers' season finale, Kramer recorded her 50th career win in a three-set sweep of Buffalo.
Kramer led WVU into the Big 12 Conference in 2012, when the Big 12 was coming off a 2011 season rated as the nation's best conference according to RPI. Before facing one of the toughest conference schedules in program history where the team played a record eight matches against ranked opponents, Kramer coached a pair of freshmen to the school's first Big 12 honors in Attea and Hannah Sackett.
In her first two seasons at WVU, Kramer hit the ground running as the Mountaineers began their 2010 season with their best start since 1987, posting a 4-0 record at the WVU Classic. The Mountaineers also defeated Marshall for the first time since 2001 with a dominating 3-0 win in the WVU Coliseum. The Mountaineers also shut down Pitt, 3-2, in 2010 and 2011 for the second and third wins in program history over the Panthers and the first wins in more than 40 years. In her inaugural year, the Mountaineers closed out the season just one match shy of a Big East Tournament appearance, finishing 15-15.
Kramer's influence on defensive play was seen when WVU was ranked as high as No. 1 in the Big East and nationally for digs per set in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, Kramer coached first-time libero Serinna Russo to a final ranking of No. 7 in the nation and No. 2 in the Big East ranking in digs per set.
Since becoming a head coach in 2010, Kramer has put a great emphasis on the improvement of academics. Kramer's teams have slowly risen to her expectations with WVU being honored with the AVCA Team Academic Award in July 2013 - the first in program history. The award honors collegiate teams that display excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Assistant Coaching Years
Prior to her stint at Virginia, Kramer spent two seasons (2006-07) as an assistant at Alabama, helping the Crimson Tide reach the NCAA tournament in consecutive years. At Alabama, she was involved in all aspects of the program, including on-court training, opponent scouting and recruiting, while tutoring two time All-American Crystal Hudson. In her second season with the Crimson Tide, Kramer served as the recruiting coordinator, bringing in the first ranked recruiting class in Tide volleyball history, a No. 27 ranking by PrepVolleyball.com.
Kramer began her collegiate coaching career as an assistant at UTSA from 2003-05. UTSA advanced to the Southland Conference tournament in each of her three seasons, including a championship berth in 2005.
While coaching at UTSA, Kramer also was the co-director for the Alamo Volleyball Club, coaching the 17-and-under team. She oversaw all player and coach development while Alamo grew to 26 teams and over 250 athletes. During her time there, 17 teams qualified for the Junior Olympics, while six of those teams earned medals and 12 players earned All-America awards.
Her coaching career began in 1998 as an assistant for the 16-and-under national team of the Metroplex Volleyball Club, currently Texas Advantage, in Fort Worth.
Kramer spent the summer of 2011 as an assistant coach for the USA Women's Junior National Team, which competed in the FIVB Women's Junior National World Championships in Lima, Peru. The team posted a 4-4 record and came in fourth in the competition.
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