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Willis Named Assistant Volleyball Coach at Liberty
Liberty volleyball head coach Shane Pinder has announced the addition of former Randolph College head coach Johnathan Willis to his coaching staff as an assistant coach.
"I am excited about the hire of Johnathan to our staff at Liberty," Pinder said. "The transition should be an easy one, as Johnathan is very familiar with our program. He spent one year as a volunteer assistant for me before taking the head coaching job at Randolph. Since leaving, he has been a part of our summer camps, serving as a camp clinician. He has great passion for the game and developing student-athletes on and off the floor. I believe with his experience in the gym training athletes, along with his passion for recruiting, there are exciting days ahead for Liberty volleyball."
Willis returns to his alma mater, where he served as a volunteer assistant coach on Pinder's staff during the 2006-07 academic year. He has maintained his relationship to Liberty, helping organize, facilitate and run clinics for Liberty's team camp from 2004-13.
"I am so excited to be home again!" Willis said. "This is where it all started for me! I am thrilled to be working with such great coaches and athletes here at Liberty University and I am excited to continue the standard of excellence that has been reached these last several years! Go Flames!"
Willis spent the last seven seasons (2007-13) as head volleyball coach at Randolph College in Lynchburg. In 2013, Willis' WildCats went 12-11, good for the program's first winning record since the 1997 campaign.
While at Randolph, he was in charge of recruiting, fundraisers, finances, equipment purchasing, scheduling, film analysis, player development and coaching staff. He recruited and coached student-athletes who hold program records in over 20 categories. Willis also began and led a faculty and staff Bible study on campus.
Willis spent six seasons, 2006-11, as head coach of Liberty's club men's volleyball program. The team went 20-8 in 2006-07, placing second in the EIVA Southern Conference. His team also earned a third-place finish at the NCVF National Championships in 2010.
During 2005, Willis was an assistant coach at Brookville High School, helping guide the Bees to a district championship and regional runner-up showing.
Willis coached the Heart of Virginia club volleyball team for three years, 2006-08, during which time he led the HOV 16U Navy Team.
He has vast experience as a clinician, both at the high school and college level. Willis has served as a clinician at Liberty's camps, while also teaching at high school camps both locally and throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
As an undergraduate student at Liberty, Willis played middle blocker for the club men's volleyball team.
Willis graduated from Liberty with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2006. He then earned a Master of Arts in human services, also from Liberty, in 2007.