COACHES

Evan Muys
Head Coach

Evan Muys enters his first year as head coach of Jacksonville University Volleyball in the fall of 2018. A 2017 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Thirty Under 30 recipient, Muys becomes the 10th head coach in the Dolphins' 46-year history.

"I would like to thank [Athletic Director] Alex Ricker-Gilbert and the search committee for selecting me as the next head volleyball coach here at Jacksonville University," exclaimed Muys. "The vision and leadership of the athletic department are strongly aligned to my own philosophies, both athletically and academically, that I immediately felt at home here at JU. I am incredibly humbled by this opportunity that I have been given; I have big expectations and plans for the program and I am excited to work with these young women who have so much that they want to accomplish." 

"We are so excited to welcome Evan Muys to the JU Dolphin family as our Head Women's Indoor and Beach Volleyball coach. We conducted an exhaustive, national search and Evan quickly emerged as the right person to lead our young women on and off the floor and sand," stated Ricker-Gilbert. "He is a rising star and one of the brightest young minds in the business. I look forward to working with him, but more importantly, our student-athletes are ecstatic to have him."

Muys comes to Jacksonville after spending the past four years as the assistant volleyball coach at the University of Dayton in Ohio. During his time with the Flyers, Muys served as the team's offensive coordinator working with setters, attackers, and blockers, with additional duties recruiting, scouting, organizing official and unofficial visits with prospective student-athletes, and video exchange.

During his tenure at Dayton, the team compiled a 110-22 overall record, 61-3 record in the Atlantic 10 Conference, three A10 Regular Season and Tournament titles, and three NCAA Tournament appearances. Under his guidance, the Flyers' offense was ranked #11 in 2016 as the team was ranked as high as No. 22 in the AVCA Coaches Poll and finished in the top 75 RPI all four years.

Muys' recruiting efforts paved the way for Dayton to land Prepvolleyball's #17 recruiting class in 2016, highlighted by a trio of top 100 recruits and an additional three in the top 150. Along with three AVCA All-Americans and three additional AVCA All-Region award winners, Muys has coached 18 All-Atlantic 10 selections, including: the 2014, 2015, and 2017 A10 Player of the Year; a four-time A10 Setter of the Year; and two different players who were named A10 Libero of the Year.

Prior to his time at Dayton, Muys spent the 2013 season as a volunteer assistant coach at Marquette. His duties included video coding and opponent breakdown, training with the libero and defensive specialists, and several administrative duties. The Golden Eagles were crowned the Big East Regular Season and Tournament Champions and finished the season with a program-best RPI of 11. His coaching efforts helped Marquette reach as high as No. 22 in the AVCA Coaches Poll, while three players garnered All-American status and Regional Freshman of the Year honors following the season.

From December 2010 to January 2014, Muys served as head volleyball coach at 1st Alliance Volleyball Club. Among his coaching duties, Muys created practice plans, served as a liaison between club directors and players and their parents, and planned club-wide position practices and private lessons. Additionally, his team received three Open level bids at the national level.

A 2013 graduate of Saint Xavier University, Muys was a two-time All-Conference selection and two-year team captain for the Cougars. He still holds the Cougars' single-game record for kills in five sets (23) and points (26.0).

Kayla Muys
Assistant Coach / Recruiting Coordinator

Kayla Muys begins her first season as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Jacksonville University Volleyball in the fall of 2018. Muys was honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as Thirty Under 30 Award recipients in 2016.

"First, I would like to thank [Jacksonville Head Coach] Evan Muys and [Athletic Director] Alex Ricker-Gilbert for this opportunity as I am extremely humbled to be here at Jacksonville. I know JU is a special place, and I have already felt welcomed by not only Evan and [volleyball graduate assistant Erin Neuenfeldt], but by the athletic department as well," stated Muys. "I am eager and excited to get to work in the gym, on the recruiting trails, and on the sand with the players, and cannot wait to see what the future holds with this special program. I am excited to take this next step in my career and look forward to working next to Evan, Erin, and the JU volleyball family."

"Kayla is an excellent addition to this staff. She is not only a great coach, but also a great recruiter," head coach Evan Muys added. "She is from Florida, played at USF, and coached collegiately in both Arkansas and Alabama. She's is incredibly well connected nationally and has strong ties to this region, and she will only strengthen our recruiting. In addition to her recruiting strength, she's proven to be successful trainer, and has NCAA tournament coaching experience, including a Final Four during her time at Hendrix. We are excited to have her as a part of our volleyball program."

Muys joins the Dolphins after spending the 2016 season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Samford University. Among her responsibilities, Muys oversaw Samford Volleyball's travel and recruiting budgets and served as a liaison between incoming recruits and administration. Directly in charge of the middle blockers and right side attackers, the Bulldogs saw improvement at the net from 1.8 blocks per set o 2.0 blocks per set in Southern Conference games.

With the help of Muys' guidance, Samford won its third SoCon Championship in program history, while a pair of Bulldogs were named All-SoCon selections in First Team honoree Erin Bognar and All-Rookie Team pick Kelsi Hobbs.

Prior to her time at Samford, Muys served as assistant volleyball coach, recruiting coordinator, and athletics promotions assistant at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. where she was directly responsible for the middle blockers, right side hitters, and overall blocking strategies. With Muys' expertise in defensive strategy, the Warriors became one of the top defensive teams in Division III and recorded over 2.00 blocks per set and posted over 18.00 digs per set.

That year, Hendrix broke into the Division III Top 25 poll for the first time in program history, finishing in the top 10 in the final poll, en route to an NCAA Final Four appearance. Muys coached six players to all-conference accolades, including one of the nation's top 15 blockers (Sara Dyslin) and an All-Region Honorable Mention selection (MC Rogers).

Off the court, Muys also served as the Warriors' staff liaison for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, continuously engaged fans on several social media platforms, and led the creative marketing initiatives to raise over $2,000 for Pediatric Cancer and Breast Cancer games.

Since December 2011, Muys has continued to grow her coaching repertoire while serving as head volleyball coach for several volleyball clubs along her stops. Most recently, she led Mintonette .51's to a third-place open finish and helped three players through the commitment process to Big Ten schools during their tenure with the .51's.

Muys began her collegiate playing career at the University of South Florida, where she was a two-time Big East All-Academic Team selection (2011, 2012) and a First Team All-Big East honoree. She also served as the student-athlete liaison to the Athletic Director and SAAC staff and was the Bulls' SAAC Co-President from 2011-13. She finished her collegiate career at Missouri State University in 2013, where she entered the Missouri State record books for single-season hitting percentage (.336) and earned First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference Accolades.

Muys earned her bachelor's in organizational communication from USF in 2013, and her master's in sports administration from Missouri State in 2014.

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