USU volleyball: Larsen named associate head coach

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Sept. 12 2013 11:31 p.m. MDT

LOGAN — Jeremiah Larsen, who has served as the Utah State volleyball assistant coach under head coach Grayson DuBose since 2011, has been named associate head coach, DuBose announced Thursday.

“I have appreciated getting to work with Jeremiah for the past few years. He has worked relentlessly to upgrade our recruiting efforts and it has not gone unnoticed," DuBose said. "His tremendous work ethic carries over into all that he does for our program. He is one of the bright young teachers of the game in the country. This title change is a small token of appreciation.”

Larsen joined the Aggie coaching staff in February 2011, coming to USU after spending the 2010 season at Missouri State where the Bears had a 20-10 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in the last eight years.

“I want to thank Scott Barnes, Jana Doggett and Grayson DuBose for the opportunity to be the associate head coach for this program," Larsen said. "It is a humbling honor, and it is always appreciated that your efforts are noticed by those who you respect and admire. I am grateful to continue to work with Grayson, Taubi and all the incredible student-athletes we have here. I know that Utah State volleyball is a special place with incredible student-athletes, and I look forward to continuing to help this program reach their goals of winning championships in the Mountain West Conference.”

At USU, Larsen is the Aggies' recruiting coordinator, in addition to being in charge of the team's defensive scouting and statistical analysis and analytics. The Aggie blocking attack was in the top 10 of the NCAA and led the Western Athletic Conference in each of the last three years. In 2012, USU ranked ninth in the nation with 3.00 blocks per set. In USU's first season in the Mountain West, the Aggies are currently fifth in the MW in blocking at 2.26. The Aggies are one of two teams with two individuals in the top 10 of the league's blocking stats, as senior middle blocker Alyssa Everett is sixth at 1.10 blocks per set and junior middle blocker Kaitlyn VanHoff is tied for ninth at 1.00 bps.

Last season, Larsen mentored redshirt-freshman middle blocker Elle Brainard who ranked 20th in the country in blocking (1.41), while VanHoff ranked 30th in the nation in blocking (1.33). Brainard was named the WAC's Freshman of the Year and to the league's all-Freshman team. Brainard and VanHoff earned second-team all-WAC honors.

While at Missouri State, Larsen helped four of its student-athletes earn all-Missouri Valley Conference honors in addition to one earning American Volleyball Coaches Association honorable mention All-American honors.

Prior to his stint at Missouri State, Larsen spent three seasons (2007-09) as an assistant at Southeast Missouri State, helping transform the Redhawks into one of the top defensive teams in the nation. In 2008, SEMO ranked 14th nationally in digs per set followed by a second-place national ranking in 2009 with a 19.29 average.

Larsen began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Utah Valley University and served as head coach at Brighton High School in Sandy, Utah. In 2006, Larsen guided Brighton to a 30-1 record, the Utah 5A state championship and a No. 9 national ranking according to PrepVolleyball. Brighton compiled a 78-5 record in Larsen's three seasons as head coach.

In addition, he coached at the Summit Volleyball Club for three years, which PrepVolleyball ranked No. 15 in the nation in 2006.

Larsen competed for four seasons and lettered two years as a setter/libero at Brigham Young University. He was a member of the 2001 NCAA Division I and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship teams. Larsen received his undergraduate degree in sociology at BYU in 2006.

Larsen and his wife, Casie, have two sons, Brock and Tate.

Utah State resumes tournament action, playing in its third and final tournament of the regular season this weekend, heading to Durham, N.C., to play at the Duke University Tournament on Sept. 13-14. The Aggies face South Carolina on Friday at 8 a.m. (MT), before taking on host Duke on Friday at 5 p.m. (MT). On Saturday, USU wraps up action by taking on Liberty at 9:30 a.m. (MT).

The Aggies will officially kick off their home schedule by hosting Boise State on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in USU's Mountain West league debut.

Utah State volleyball tickets are available by contacting the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305.

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.

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