April 15, 2014
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Andrew Jennette
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - UCF head volleyball coach Todd Dagenais will make the first changes to his staff in over two years as assistant Nicki Holmes was named the new head coach at North Carolina Central on Tuesday. Holmes, who completed his second full season of work in 2013, worked with the setters, coaching technology and opponent scouting.
“Nicki is going to have a major impact at North Carolina Central,” Dagenais said. “His understanding of volleyball systems combined with his technology background is going to find little ways to improve the program dramatically immediately. He will have the ability to recruit and train the type of players he needs to bring NCCU back up to the top of their conference.”
With Holmes a part of the staff, the Knights made tremendous strides over the last two seasons. In 2012, UCF finished the year 15-5 and made it to the Conference USA Championship match for the first time in program history. Last year, the Black and Gold won 21 matches in its inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference and finished with its best record since 2003.
“Personally am very proud to see the UCF coaching tree continue to grow and develop,” Dagenais said. “I’m proud of our track record of the assistants that have gone on and had success after departing. Nicki was an extremely valuable member of our program and he complete revolutionized the technology that we use on a day-to-day basis."
"He was instrumental in the development of Marie Reiterova and Dana Faught," Dagenais concluded. "We are poised to have a lot of success next year at the setting position because of Nicki’s efforts. This is a big move which will reunite Nick and his wife Angel and as a program we could not be more proud of him.”
The squad's setters compiled many awards during Holmes’ tenure last year with senior Marie Reiterova earning Conference USA Setter of the Week three times (10/22/12, 10/29/12, 11/12/12) and also being a three-time recipient C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll (2010, 2011, 2012). Last season’s junior campaign, Reiterova was named Second Team All-Conference in The American after leading the league with 11.39 assists per set. Junior Dana Faught, who has racked up 425 assists in a reserve role the last two seasons, is expected to see more action this year as UCF works with a 6-2 formation.