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Jared Muth Athletic Trainer

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Robert Jacques Manager

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work ethic,” said Jauregui. “I have known James since I started in this profession, and I have always admired his ability to connect with people. I am very comfortable with him and trust him completely, and that was a big factor in choosing J.O. to become a part of the Tigers family. “Anne Côté left some huge shoes to fill.” J.O. knows that and understands the importance of his position and his roll on the staff. He is our recruiting coordinator and will be on the road a lot, evaluating and identifying talent for our future recruiting classes.” While at Chattanooga, Onikeku worked with libero Lara Newberry, who was a two-time National Libero of the Year by Collegiate Volleyball Update in 2007 and 2008 and also holds the NCAA single-season and career dig records. He also saw sophomore libero Paula Passmore named the SoCon Libero of the Year following the 2010 campaign. From 2005-10, a Chattanooga libero paced the Southern Conference in digs per set due to the stellar defense by Newberry and Passmore. Onikeku began his coaching career at Tennessee Temple University, where he was an assistant from 1989-94. In 1994, the Lagos, Nigeria, native began his first stint at Chattanooga, serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator until 1999. The Mocs won two Southern Conference regular-season championships (1997-98), three tournament titles (1996-98) and made two NCAA Tournament appearances and an NCAA Play-In Match (1996-98) during his tenure. In between his two stints with the Mocs, Onikeku was the head coach at Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La., from 1999-2001. The Demons won 14 games during the 2000 campaign, the most wins for the program in seven seasons. During his three

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Tigers Fall Sports Fact Book

2012 Memphis Volleyball Fact Book  
2012 Memphis Volleyball Fact Book  

2012 University of Memphis volleyball fact book