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Darin VanHorn
Assistant Coach, Director of Camp Operations

Darin joined the program in June 2015 as assistant coach. He works in all aspects of the program with an emphasis on training the outside hitters and liberos, as well as defensive efforts and serving tactics.

Chattanooga won its first Southern Conference regular season title since 1998 in his initial season with the squad in 2015. It led the league in digs (17.63 per set) and hitting percentage (.258). Kristy Wieser, Lauren Gainer and Sarah Batterton finished in the top 10 of the conference with individual attack percentages, while Catherine Chason was second in the SoCon with 4.8 digs per set.

VanHorn came to the Scenic City from Virginia where he served as a volunteer assistant for one season. It was his first post-graduate position after several roles during his undergraduate days at Penn State.

He was the travel manager for the Nittany Lions men’s volleyball squad from 2009-12 and the highly-regarded women’s program for two (2012-13), including the 2013 NCAA Championship run. He served as head coach for the women’s club team from 2013-14. VanHorn also played for the men’s club squad from 2009-13.

Darin earned his degree in Kinesiology from Penn State in 2013.

Abby Gilleland
Assistant Coach, Assistant Director of Camp Operations

Abby Gilleland enters her first season with the Mocs as an assistant coach, as she was added to the staff in February.  Gilleland arrives to the Scenic City after one season on staff at William & Mary and a highly decorated student-athlete career at Ohio University. The Bull Valley, IL native was a 4-year starter as setter for the Bobcats, lead Ohio to 4 conference championships, was a 2-time All-American, and 2-time Player & Setter of the Year in the competitive Mid-American Conference, and was nominated for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year award after her college career.

Kristen Michaelis
Volunteer Assistant Coach

Kristen joined the Chattanooga volleyball program as a volunteer assistant in June 2016. She most recently served as the head coach at St. Clair Community College in her native state of Michigan, and became available when her family moved to the Chattanooga area.

She joins the Mocs volleyball program carrying an impressive playing resume as a libero for Fresno State and Team USA during her career. Her defensive expertise will give UTC an impact this upcoming season.

During her time at Fresno State (2001-2004), she was a four-year letter winner and finished among the program’s top players. As a junior in 2003, she averaged five kills per game and tied the national record for kills in a match with 41 against Cal State Northridge. In her Fresno State career, she accumulated 1,353 kills, which ranks third most in Fresno State history. Her 3.96 kills per game average stands second best All-time. Kristen was a 2003 honorable mention All-American, two-time All-WAC (2002, 2003) and AVCA All-West Region (2002, 2003).

After her time at Fresno State, Michaelis played for Team USA as a libero, helping the team to a bronze medal finish at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Following her Team USA stint, she became the head coach at her high school alma mater in Marysville, Michigan, before taking the same role at St. Clair Community College.