ACU director of athletics Jared Mosley announced Monday that former assistant volleyball coach Jason Bibler has agreed to return to Abilene to become the Wildcats' new head volleyball coach.
Bibler replaces Rob Frost, who was on the job for less than one week before resigning and returning to Mary Hardin-Baylor where he is the head coach. Frost was hired in May to replace Kellen Mock, who wasn't retained after serving eight years as the Wildcats' head coach. Bibler will officially be the ninth head coach in ACU volleyball history.
Bibler was Mock's assistant from 2010-12 before leaving last year to join the coaching staff at Texas-Arlington. There he worked under longtime UTA head coach Diane Seymour, who will be in her 11th season as the Lady Mavs' head coach in 2014. She has been associated with the UTA program since 1984 as a student-athlete, assistant coach and head coach.
Overall, Seymour has had ties to the UTA program that stretch back nearly three decades, helping lead it to more than 400 victories, seven Southland Conference championships, six NCAA Tournament appearances, and to a No. 7 national ranking at the end of the 1988 season. Last season, she and Bibler led the Lady Mavs to a 19-15 overall record and 10-8 mark in the sun Belt Conference. UTA lost to Texas State in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship match.
Now Bibler brings his experience of working with a successful NCAA Division I program back to Abilene where he will take over a program that goes into its second season at the NCAA Division I level and in the Southland Conference in 2014. Within the Maverick volleyball program, Bibler had a hand in team training – specifically with the outside hitters – and with recruiting.
"Jason's familiarity with ACU and the type of program that we desire to have will be a great asset as we continue our transition and seek to address the challenges we have moving forward," Mosley said. "He is very familiar with our current roster and has a lot of credibility with current players who were recruited and worked with Jason on a day-to-day basis when he was an assistant. He has a great sense of the caliber of student-athlete that is needed to compete in the Southland Conference, and he has the skill set to develop and push our young ladies to reach their potential, not only on the floor, but as people."
Bibler spent three years as the assistant volleyball coach at ACU, and helped guide the Wildcats to two consecutive NCAA Division II post-season tournament appearances (2010 and 2011), following a three-year absence. Prior to his time at ACU, Bibler was a graduate assistant coach at Angelo State for two seasons. Bibler received a master’s degree in student development and leadership in higher education from Angelo State in 2010.
"I'm excited about getting into the gym and working with the team," Bibler said. "It's going to take a lot of hard work and effort on everyone's part in order to meet the expectations that ACU and the athletics department has for the volleyball program. But I'm confident that with the coaching staff and players all working together, we can meet those expectations."
Prior to Angelo State, Bibler was a three-year head coach at Air Academy High School in Colorado Springs, Colo. As the Air Academy head coach, Bibler attained an overall record of 32-31 while qualifying for the playoffs every year. Bibler also served at the head coach at Colorado Juniors Volleyball Club, and his 2008 18s team qualified for the Junior Olympic Championships.
Bibler earned a bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy in 2006 from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He and his wife Sara have one son, Keagan and one daughter, Eleanor.
"I want to thank Jared for the opportunity to come back to Abilene and be the next head coach of the volleyball program at ACU," Bibler said. "Being the head coach of an NCAA Division I volleyball program has been my goal since I began coaching, and I can't think of a better university, athletics department or community to make that goal a reality. There's something about ACU and the community of Abilene that tugs at your heart and makes you want to return. My family and I are excited to call Abilene home again."
Information for this story provided by Abilene Christian Athletics.