Feb. 7, 2014
By Geoff Thurner
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State volleyball program and sixth-year head coach Lauren Netherby-Sewell were pleased to announce the addition of Joe Skinner as an assistant coach on Friday.
The Roseville, Calif., native Skinner has spent the past seven years on the Oregon volleyball staff and played a key part for one of the nation's most impressive turnarounds.
"This was an important hire for us," Fresno State volleyball 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."
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 finish to Texas in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. In that span, the team enjoyed two other Round of 16 placings in 2007 and '08 among six postseason trips.
Oregon 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.
Skinner has overseen the team's video needs throughout his entire stint and also recently handled its travel and other administrative duties. He has 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.
"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 with resurrecting the Bulldog program with outstanding student-athletes not just on the court, but in the classroom as well."
Skinner also 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.
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.
The Bulldog volleyball squad come off a 17-15 overall mark in 2013 for their second straight winning season for the first time since 2003-04. The squad also tied for fourth place in the MW with an 11-9 mark - two places better than its preseason coaches poll selection.
"I'm excited to get in the gym with these student athletes and start working with them," Skinner said. "I want to thank Jim (Moore, Oregon head coach) and the coaching staff for all they have done for me for the past seven years - they have really prepared me for this exciting next step."
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