The first-year assistant coach made his debut on the National Team staff in the Poland-hosted event.
Volleyball vs. UC Santa Barbara, 9/6/14, at Sacramento State Invitational (By Geoff Thurner, Copyright 2014).
Last updated July 24, 2014
The first-year Bulldog assistant coach helped Oregon to a magical seven-year run that was capped by runner-up NCAA and Pac-12 finishes.
Before the current coaching staff's arrival, the Ducks had gone 14 years without a winning record, yet seven years later savored a runner-up NCAA Tournament finish in 2012. In that span, the team enjoyed two other Round of 16 placings in 2007 and `08 among six postseason trips.
In that same period, UO also staked five Pac-12 upper-division finishes, including a league runner-up effort in 2012 (and no finish lower than seventh place in the now 12-team conference).
Individually in that span, the Ducks racked up 12 All-America honors, 15 All-Region nods, 13 All-Pac-12 selections and one national player of the year accolade. In the classroom, UO was equally successful with four Academic All-America honors, seven Academic All-District nods and nine Academic All-Pac-12 laurels.
The Roseville, Calif., native oversaw the team's video needs throughout his entire stint and also handled its travel and other administrative duties. He also served as the coordinator for the team's Oregon MLK Day Team Classic that welcomed thousands of elite club players each January, and also coached the Oregon Volleyball Club team 14- and 16-age group teams. The former team tied for third place in its division in the Columbia Empire Power League (CEVA) Regional in 2012.
"This was an important hire for us," head coach Netherby-Sewell said. "We were thorough and thoughtful, and Joe is the right fit. He stood out among a long list of wonderful candidates, and comes to us with years of experience at a highly successful program. We like that he possesses skills that have helped Oregon improve within the Pac-12 and win big-time matches like getting to the Final Four in 2012. He's accomplished a lot at Oregon while doing it with integrity and a commitment to NCAA compliance. We are thrilled to have a great strategist and professional join our team."
In his seven-year association with the team, Skinner first served as a UO team manager his first four years starting with the 2007 fall campaign, then became a full-time staff member in the fall of 2011.
He graduated from Oregon in 2011 with a bachelor of science degree in journalism with an emphasis in electronic media.
As a prep, the the 2005 Granite Bay High School graduate was a two-year soccer starter, and an all-league first-team and team captain as a senior. That squad won the league with an undefeated record and ranked 17th nationally, while his club team finished second in the 2005 NOMADS College Showcase. As a freshman, he attended Jesuit High School and played basketball, soccer and volleyball.
The versatile athlete also played prep volleyball two years and for the Sacramento Volleyball Club (2003-05), and lettered in basketball for GBHS.
He also has family ties with the Bulldog athletic department as his uncle Jim Rademann was a football letterwinner in 1987 and `88 and starting center for the latter campaign's Raisin Bowl Champions.
"I'm excited for this opportunity to learn under Lauren and continue building on the team's success," Skinner said. "She has done an amazing job resurrecting the Bulldog program with outstanding student-athletes not just on the court, but in the classroom as well."