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The Beginning of a New Era - Will Brydon Takes Over (10-15-17)
Will Brydon, formerly the Division II team head coach, has been selected to move into a new role this season as the acting program lead and Division I team head coach.

"As I begin this new role with the program, I am truly humbled by the coaches and players that have come before me and paved the way for UW-Oshkosh Men's Volleyball. This program is built on a foundation of hard work and success, and I am excited to continue on this tradition."

Brydon began acting as the program head coach after Brian Schaefer announced his decision to step down from the program to pursue other career opportunities. Brydon says of Schaefer, "Brian Schaefer, or Lumpy as many called him, will forever be "coach" to me. I called him that when I played under his direction under, and I never stopped when I began coaching alongside him. He is a great friend, a mentor, and a kindred spirit - we both truly love the sport and have sacrificed to help ensure our players' success. In short, you cannot think UW-Oshkosh Men's Volleyball without thinking of Brian Schaefer, and I can only hope to honor his legacy through my actions in this position."

While he certainly has big shoes to fill, Brydon is up for the task. In three years as the Division II team's head coach, Brydon amassed a 136-28-2 record (.819 win %) complete with a NCVF Division III National Championship Runner-up finish in 2015 and two 5th place finishes in 2016 and 2017. He has also lead that team to 3 straight WVC regular season and state championships. These teams have been filled with athletes that have garnered All-Conference and All-American honors under his leadership. While collegiate coaching is his passion, Brydon has also coached successfully at many levels of the game.

Currently in his 4th year as the Winneconne High School girls head coach, Brydon has a record of 86-38 (.694 win %) compiled alongside many program firsts. He helped lead the program in the 2015-16 season to its first conference championship in 26 years, a Regional Championship, and the program's first ever Sectional Final appearance. His involvement in the high school girl's game keeps Brydon well-rounded, but he also has extensive experience in the women's youth club game and as a club satellite co-director.

Brydon also comes to this role after completing a successful playing career. He played 3 years of Varsity Volleyball at Glenbrook North High School in Illinois and made a state appearance in 2008. In college at UWO, he sat out his freshmen year to work but rejoined the team his sophomore season in 2009-10. He was the Division 2 team captain in 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, and in that final season he won the NCVF Division 3 National Championship and was selected as an Honorable Mention All-American for that division.

Clearly, volleyball has been a huge part of Brydon's life for many years. He says, "It is a privilege to lead such a high caliber program, but wins are not the only aspect of UWO Men's Volleyball that makes it special. I met my best friends on the team - fellow players and coaches that truly had my back through thick and thin. I coach in a way that pays homage to that experience. My philosophy is that UWO Men's Volleyball is a family, and we conduct ourselves as such. We honor the traditions that came before us and add to our legacy each season. I am excited to see what this season holds."
The End of an Era - Brian Schaefer Steps Down (10-15-17)
Brian “Lumpy” Schaefer, who was associated with the UW-Oshkosh men’s volleyball program since its inception has stepped down as the head coach of the program. He will be pursuing other career opportunities, including being the boys director at Wisconsin Volleyball Academy as well as the club's tournament director and fundraising coordinator.

As a player, Lumpy was a member of the UW-Oshkosh team that won the 1996 National Intramural Recreation Sports Association (NIRSA) Division II Championship. Schaefer helped his team to the Wisconsin Volleyball Conference (WVC) title in both 1999 and 2000 and was an all-league first team selection in 2001.

On the sidelines as the head coach is where Lumpy shined. He compiled an 817-165-5 (.828 winning percentage) record guiding the Titans’ Division I squad. He coached UW-Oshkosh to 12 WVC Division I regular season titles; including nine straight from 2009-2017 and seven WVC State Championships. The Titans also won 14 Midwest Ten Conference Championships including 13 straight from 2003-2015.

During his tenure coaching the UW-Oshkosh men, Lumpy mentored 50 players to 79 collegiate club All-American and 146 All-WVC awards. He was named the 2005 collegiate club Division I National Coach of the Year.

After finishing fifth at the collegiate club Division I Championship in 2003 and 2004 and second in 2005, Lumpy directed UW-Oshkosh to its first Division I national title in 2006 and repeated the feat in 2007, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016. The Titans added a runner-up finish in 2009 and third-place results in 2012 and 2013. UW-Oshkosh finished fifth or better in the nation 10 out of the last 12 seasons under Lumpy’s direction. As a program the Titans also won the Division III collegiate club National Championship in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

“After 25 amazing years associated with the UW-Oshkosh volleyball program, I am moving on to start a new chapter in my life,” said Lumpy. “Starting as a line judge for Marty Petersen and then seeing Travis Hudson accomplish his goal of becoming a professional volleyball player I feel my time as a Titan has come full circle. I am lucky to have had talented and dedicated assistant coaches that guided me to success and to have coached players that became some of my closest friends.”

“The memories I have will remain with me for a lifetime,” continued Lumpy. “I am proud of whom I was as a player and head coach. Although far from perfect, I believe I put everything I had into what I did on a daily basis and strongly believe I never put myself first and was humble in everything I did. Good friend Will Brydon will do an amazing job leading the Titans into the future. He won a national title as a player and as a coach at UW-Oshkosh and his talent and passion for volleyball will keep the Titans as the best place to play collegiate club volleyball in the nation. Although sad to let go, I am excited to see what the team accomplishes in the years ahead.”
Oshkosh Volleyball to Host Boys Individual & Team Camp (4-27-17)
The UW-Oshkosh volleyball program is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a Boys Individual & Team Camp from August 3-6, 2017 to help boys reach their full potential and get ready for the upcoming high or middle school season.

Are you a young man (7th-12th grade) looking for a challenging camp? Look no further than the Boys Individual & Team Camp. Camp 5 will include nine sessions of skill work, hitting strategies, specific position sessions and a team tournament. Participants from the same high school will be guaranteed to play together in the four-on-four tournaments. Last year we had a record-setting 190 boys at our camp, including 10 high schools from Wisconsin. UW-Oshkosh has won ten collegiate club national championships in its history, including six at the Division I level (2006, 2007, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016). Come learn from the best! Group discount prices are available for this camp.

-Advanced Skills: Serving, Passing, Setting & Blocking
-Hitting Strategies: Quick Attack & Transition
-Specific Position Sessions
-Four-on-Four & Team Tournament
-Join the Ten Time National Champions!
-Four-on-Four Tournament

Oshkosh Volleyball Boys Individual & Team Camp
Dodge Decides on UW-Oshkosh (4-19-17)
Nathan Dodge, a 6-0 left side hitter from Dousman has decided to continue his education and play men’s volleyball at UW-Oshkosh announced head coach Brian Schaefer. He joins Matthew Aussem, Adam Branch, Austin Marshall and Mike Lemmens in the 2017-2018 Titans recruiting class.

Dodge competed for Kettle Moraine High School under the direction of head coach Tom Gulak and currently plays for Lake Country Volleyball Club under the tutelage of head coach Kyle Krivitz.

As a Laser, his team won the Classic Eight Conference his junior season and advanced to the championship match in the WIAA state tournament taking runner-up honors. He is a two-time varsity letter winner in both volleyball and track and field

Dodge is the son of Ralph and Wendy Schanau and will study finance at UW-Oshkosh. He is a member of the National Honor Society and was a DECA International qualifier at Kettle Moraine High School.

“I decided to attend UW-Oshkosh because it encompassed all the things I valued in a University,” said Dodge. “I can receive a good education while being provided with the resources, tools and skills necessary to prepare me for life after college. I can do all of this while continuing my volleyball career at a high level.”
UW-Oshkosh Falls in National Quarterfinals (4-16-17)
The UW-Oshkosh men’s volleyball team went 6-1 at the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation Division I national championship to finish fifth out of 48 teams last weekend (April 13-15) in Kansas City, Mo. With the loss in the quarterfinals, the Titans magical run of three straight national crowns came to an end.

UW-Oshkosh (41-5) came into the tournament as the number two seed and finished 3-0 in its opening pool with a 25-14, 25-19 win over the University of California-Berkeley, a 25-23, 25-19 victory over the University of Cincinnati and a 25-19, 15-25, 15-9 win over #23 University of Missouri. The Titans won its initial pool for the 14th time in its last 15 years at the national championship.

In the win over the Golden Bears, Peter Nordel (Sr. – Torrance, Calif.) had six kills in eight attempts and Sammy Pedersen (Sr. – Muskego) added six kills and one solo block. Travis Hudson (Sr. – Wauwatosa) dished out 19 assists and added five kills, seven digs and two blocks and Jake Martin (So. – New Lenox, Ill.) scooped up eight digs. Wesley Morioka (Sr. – Chicago, Ill.) tallied two service aces to pace the Titans.

Brandon Schmidt (Gr. – Kaukauna) led the Titans with eight kills and added two blocks against the Bearcats. Nick Davies (Fr. – Waukesha) and Nordel slammed down seven kills each and Martin piled up ten digs. Morioka had five kills, eight digs and one service ace and Hudson collected 21 assists and eight digs.

Nordel had 10 kills on 11 attempts and five blocks in the Titans win over the Tigers. Hudson ran the offense with 22 assists and had four digs and Davies provided four blocks. Schmidt had nine kills and Martin had five digs.

On Friday, the Titans beat the University of Notre Dame, 25-19, 25-20 and squeaked by #15 Air Force Academy 25-22, 23-25, 15-13 to reach the Gold Bracket for the 14th time since 2003. On Saturday, UW-Oshkosh dominated the University of Pittsburgh, 25-10, 25-15 before losing to #7 The Ohio State University 25-20, 15-25, 15-12 in heartbreaking fashion.

Led with seven kills by Nordel, six Titans had more than three kills as the Titans hit .411 in the match against the Irish. Hudson amassed 22 assists, two service aces and four kills and Martin had nine digs. Davies added six kills, Joe Kuchler (Sr. – Muskego) had two service aces and Tony D’Acquisto (So. – Franklin) led the team with two solo blocks.

In its win over the Falcons, Nordel topped the team with nine kills, Schmidt added eight and D’Acquisto and Morioka had six each. Hudson paced the offense with 29 assists and had four blocks which tied D’Acquisto for the team lead at the net. Michael Wamboldt (Sr. – Pleasant Prairie) had five digs to lead the Titans.

Schmidt led the team with six kills and Nordel had five kills in the rout of the Panthers. Hudson provided 21 assists, two service aces, four digs and two blocks, Davies had four blocks including three solo stuffs and Morioka had three service aces.

In its quarterfinals loss the Titans ran into a buzz saw from the opponent’s service line as the hard serving Buckeyes had seven service aces. Hudson capped his fantastic career with six kills, 20 assists, two service aces, four digs and four blocks. Nordel slammed down seven kills in eight attempts and D’Acquisto added five kills on seven errorless attempts. Martin scooped up nine digs, D’Acquisto added three blocks and Davies had two service aces.

With its finish, the Titans have placed fifth or better 13 out of the last 15 years at the national tournament, including six national titles and two runner-up finishes.

“Our expectation in our program is to come home as champions ever year but it wasn’t in the cards this season,” said head coach Brian Schaefer. “Our players have nothing to hang their heads about. They had a phenomenal year overcoming many injuries and key losses to graduation. We went toe-to-toe with a great team and earlier this year beat the eventual national champion at the Las Vegas Open. I am proud of our team and their accomplishments.”

Hudson and Nordel were named First Team and Honorable Mention All-Americans at the conclusion of the tournament, respectively. Hudson added his fourth All-American award after being named the national player of the year in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and this is Nordel’s second nod after being an All-American at UC-San Diego his freshman year.

The 2017 season capped the careers of Hudson, Kuchler, Morioka and Wamboldt. “Words will never describe what these young men have given to the UW-Oshkosh program,” added Schaefer. “They are fantastic student-athletes and have made their mark in the long history of our team.”
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