Liz Hart Volleyball Camps 100 Nunn Drive 228 B Albright Health Center Highland Heights, KY 41706
We are excited for a summer filled of volleyball and are looking forward to helping your child sharpen their skills! Beginners to Advanced players are welcome and we offer a variety of clinic and camp options to best suit your players needs.
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Northern Kentucky Volleyball Camp Staff:
Head Coach Liz Hart:
The 2019 season marked Coach Liz Hart's 10th season as head coach of the Norse of Northern Kentucky. Since her promotion to head coach in 2011, Hart has led the to program to a 180-118 record enroute to becoming one of the most succssful transitioning programs in NCAA history. In 2019, the Norse made their 1st NCAA Division 1 Tournament after winning the 2019 Horizon League Championship. The Norse finished the season with the programs 1st Top 50 finish.
The 2018 season was the Norse best division 1 record. The Norse finished with a 21-10 record, tied for 2nd place in Horizon League regular season and competed in the Horizon League Championship match. The Norse earned their first post-season bid to the NIVC.
Hart is a proud NKU alumni, having spent her playing career representing the Black and Gold. During her playing career, Hart was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Freshman of the Year in 2004, and in 2008 was named an NCAA Top 30 Woman of the Year recipient as well as the GLVC Player of the Year, Great Lakes Region Player of the Year, GLVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a first-team All-America selection from the AVCA. In addition, Hart was twice named an honorable mention All-American during her sophomore and junior years.
She stands as NKU's all-time kills leader with 1,850. In addition, she is NKU's with 1,191 career digs and second in block assists with 291. Hart was inducted into NKU's Hall of Fame in 2019.
Associate Head Coach Jason Ruppelt:
Jason Ruppelt was named the assistant coach for NKU volleyball on Feb. 23, 2015. He joined the Norse with eight years of coaching experience at the Division I level, most recently as the volunteer assistant coach at the University of Louisville.
Ruppelt has been instrumental in NKU's transition to Division I with his recruiting efforts. The Norse received High Honorable Mention from PrepVolleyball.com in 2017, and improved to Highest Honorable Mention for the 2018 recruiting class, which put the incoming freshman class within the top-55 nationally.
Ruppelt's primary responsibilities with the Cardinals included video breakdown, assisting with scouting reports and on-court training. During his first season, the Cardinals captured the American Athletic Conference championship with a perfect 18-0 league record. Additionally, Ruppelt was a head coach with the Under-15 team at Kentucky Indiana Volleyball Academy, widely respected as one of the top volleyball clubs in the nation.
A 2010 graduate of South Dakota State University, Ruppelt spent seven years working with the Jackrabbits' volleyball program, first as a student assistant and manager where he worked as a practice player and helped with camps. Upon attaining his Bachelors of Science in Mathematics, Ruppelt continued with SDSU as a graduate assistant coach. He worked as the team's video coordinator and managed the team's academics, helping SDSU to a team GPA of 3.63 in the final year of his tenure.
Ruppelt earned his Masters of Education in Administration of Student Affairs from South Dakota State University in 2016.
Assistant Coach Matt Kearns:
Matt Kearns finished his 2nd year year with the NKU volleyball program during the 2018 campaign, joining the Norse after working with the Xavier volleyball team as a student coach and technical advisor from 2013-17.
Kearns assists the Norse with on- court training, data analysis, and the recruiting efforts.
During his time with the Musketeers, Kearns provided scouting reports with DataVolley and DataVideo, coordinated film exchange with opposing programs, and also assisted with operations functions for road travel. The Bellingham, Massachusetts, native also coached at Purcell Marian and Tri-State Elite Volleyball Club. At Purcell Marian, Kearns served as both varsity assistant coach and junior varsity head coach and was a member of the staff of the year in 2015.
At the club level, Kearns became the head coach of the 17s team for the 2016-17 season after working as a volunteer assistant with the club since 2015, becoming the youngest coach in the club to take the helm of a team.
Kearns received his bachelor's degree in philosophy from Xavier in 2017. He will graduate with his Masters Degree from Northern Kentucky University in May 2019.