Kelly Herrmann – Head Women's Volleyball Coach
Kelly Herrmann will enter her 15th year at the helm of Franciscan volleyball in 2017 after being named the first head coach of the program in 2003.
Herrmann has coached the Lady Barons to six-straight AMCC postseason appearances, including back-to-back AMCC Championships in 2014 and ’15. The Lady Barons made consecutive appearances in the NCAA DIII tournament, including the first in program history in 2014.
She has led the program to a 38-16 regular season conference record since the Lady Barons became full members of the NCAA in 2011.
In 2015, the Lady Barons finished the season 15-18 with a 6-3 record on the AMCC. Two players reached impressive milestones in 2015 as senior Dani Link became the all-time kills leader at FUS with 1,040. Link was the first player in program history to surpass the 1,000-kill mark. Senior Sam Kelly set the all-time digs record in 2014 but reached the 2,000-dig milestone in 2015. Kelly finished her career with 2,185. The Lady Barons hosted the first playoff game at Kuzma Court against Mount Aloysius.
FUS has been one of the top defensive teams in the nation for the last four years. The Lady Barons have ranked in the top 25% of the county in digs per set each of the last four years. FUS reached its highest ranking in 2014 as the third highest team in digs per set, averaging 20.97.
2011 marked the first year as full members of the NCAA and AMCC for the Lady Barons. That season, Herrmann led the Lady Barons to a 12-13 overall record and a 5-4 mark in the conference. FUS made its first ever appearance in the AMCC tournament that season.
The Lady Barons also have experienced tremendous academic success while under Herrmann’s direction, winning the AMCC Peak Performer Award for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 seasons. This award is given to the team in the conference with the highest team grade point average while in season.
Herrmann became a member of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy in 2010. She also co-authored a book on coaching from a faith perspective called “Coach Them Well” published by St. Mary’s Press.
Herrmann enjoys spending time with her husband John, who serves as director of Student Financial Services at the university and is also a 1987 graduate of FUS, and their six children: Johnny (25), Peter (22), Leo (20), Emily (19), Kevin (18) and Michael (15).
Herrmann graduated from Franciscan University in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in education. She has served the university in many roles and is currently the intramural coordinator (2011-present) and head volleyball coach (2003-present).
To learn more about the Franciscan volleyball program from Coach Herrmann, go to: franciscanathletics.com/sports/wvball and click on “Experience FUS Volleyball”