The first-year assistant coach made his debut on the National Team staff in the Poland-hosted event.
Fresno State Volleyball vs Fresno Pacific, Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif., 9/23/14. Photos by Keith Kountz, Copyright 2014.
Volleyball vs. UC Santa Barbara, 9/6/14, at Sacramento State Invitational (By Geoff Thurner, Copyright 2014).
Skinner has spent two seasons as the assistant volleyball coach at Fresno State and fifth overall as a full time staff member for an NCAA institution. Since joining the Bulldog family, Fresno State has amassed an overall record of 22-42 (9-27 MW) and scored its highest conference finish of eighth place in 2015 as a member of the Mountain West.
After nearly doubling their 2014 record, the `Dogs are coming off a 14-win season with six conference victories and an overall winning percentage of .438. During Skinner's two-year stint, Fresno State has polished off a 12-14 overall record at the Save Mart Center, as the squad notched nine victories at home in 2015, including four conference defeats in front of their home crowd.
The team averaged 622 fans per contest in 2015 and drew approximately 10,574 members of the Red Wave to the Save Mart Center during back-to-back non-conference tournaments and 10 single-match slates. Following a runner-up finish as the tournament host of the five-team Bulldog Showdown, the `Dogs took first place at the Fresno State Classic.
Fresno State was victorious in eight of its 14 non-conference matches and accounted for six three-set sweeps along the stretch. Overall, four Bulldogs earned all-tournament honors including Maggie Eppright (Western Carolina Tournament, Fresno State Classic), Brooke Legaux (Western Carolina Tournament), Carly Scarbrough (Bulldog Showdown, Fresno State Classic MVP), and Aleisha Coates (Bulldog Showdown).
He coached his first Mountain West All-Conference student-athlete, Maggie Eppright, who became the fourth Bulldog to be recognized since joining the league in 2012 and first since 2013.
Both in conference and overall matches played, the `Dogs checked into the Mountain West top five in five categories consisting of assists (1,455, 850 MW) , kills (1,617, 932 MW), aces (142, 79 MW) , digs (1,788, 1,016 MW) and combined attendance figures during the 65 total sets played at home.
Likewise, the squad ranked among the nation's top 100 within six categories of the NCAA Women's Volleyball Division I Team Rankings -- No. 45 kills (1,617), No. 50 total attacks (4,383), No. 56 attacks per set (36.83), No. 70 kills per set (13.59), No. 82 assists (1,455) and No. 100 digs (1,788). Individually, two Bulldogs were charted on a national basis, as Eppright reaped the team's highest ranking of No. 35 in digs (573) and No. 52 in digs per set (4.82) and Bowens placed No. 124 in total attacks (1,103).
The 2015 squad capped the season with a pair of Fresno State Student-Athlete of the Week (fueled by Deli Delicious) accolades. Maggie Eppright was first to represent the volleyball team on Aug. 31, followed by Carly Scarbrough on Sept. 21.
During his first Bulldog season, Fresno State finished 8-24 overall and 10th in the Mountain West (3-15) after battling adversity, injuries and a road heavy schedule. However, the team welcomed back top retuning outside hitters Zana Bowens and Carly Scarbrough along with seasoned libero Maggie Eppright, while adding seven freshmen and one junior transfer to the fold in 2015.
The Dogs' compiled a conference leading 12 Academic All-MW honors at the conclusion of the 2014 season including three-time recipients Zana Bowens and Katie Pearson, two-time award winners Maggie Eppright, Christina Lee, Jaimee-Lee Morrow, Maci Murdock, Brooke Legaux and Molly Pearson and newcomers Jelena Jovanovic, Carly Scarbrough, Lauren Torres and Jacqueline Hutcheson. In addition, Eppright was named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District Volleyball Tam selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Before the current coaching staff's arrival, Skinner helped Oregon to a magical seven-year run that was capped by runner-up NCAA and Pac-12 finishes. In his seven-year association with the volleyball program, 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.
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 finishes 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.
He stood out among a long list of qualified candidates, and came to Fresno State with years of experience at a highly successful program. Skinner possesses skills that have helped Oregon improve within the Pac-12 and win big-time matches like getting to the Final Four in 2012. His accomplished at Oregon revealed integrity and a commitment to NCAA compliance.
He graduated from Oregon in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism with an emphasis in electronic media.
As a prep, 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.
Skinner 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.
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