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Shane PinderHead Volleyball Coach
College: Luther Rice Seminary ('04)
Start Date: Jun 2004
Head coach Shane Pinder, the 2007 Big South and Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) Coach of the Year, has overseen the revitalization of Liberty volleyball during his first four years at the helm.
Pinder's 2007 squad captured the program's first Big South title since 2001 and took a game from Final Four participant California in the opening round of the NCAA Division I Tournament. Liberty went 27-9 on the year, setting a school NCAA Division I record for victories and marking the third-biggest improvement in the nation from the previous year.
The Lady Flames swept Winthrop 3-0 on Oct. 27, halting the Eagles' 63-match Big South winning streak. The win was part of Liberty's string of 10 consecutive 3-0 sweeps during the month of October.
Pinder has stockpiled young, talented players over the past couple seasons. The Lady Flames boasted the Big South Freshman of the Year for the second straight year in 2007, right-side hitter Nicki Scripko. Kallie Corbin, the 2006 conference freshman of the year honoree, joined Scripko on the first-team All-Big South roster and nabbed the Big South Championship MVP honor. Sophomore middle blocker Chelaine McCarty was additionally a second-team all-conference pick.
Another key to the Lady Flames' success in 2007 was defense. Liberty ranked eighth in the nation with 19.81 digs per game and garnered honorable mention for the CVU.com Deep Digging Team of the Year award.
During the 2006 campaign, Pinder guided the Lady Flames to a 9-5 conference mark, which enabled the team to capture the No. 3 seed in the Big South Championship and host a first-round match for the first time in five years.
Both senior middle blocker Autum Black and freshman setter Corbin were included on the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-State second-team roster at season's end. Liberty had never boasted multiple VaSID honorees before. Corbin captured a number of honors during a stellar freshman campaign, including the VaSID State Rookie of the Year award and the Big South Freshman of the Year distinction.
Pinder oversaw the emergence of sophomore setter Lara Bartolomeo, sophomore outside hitter Jessica Nelson and freshman outside hitter Kendall Nichols in 2005. Bartolomeo and Nelson ranked among the Big South leaders in assists and kills, respectively, and Nichols made the Big South All-Freshman Team. Another highlight of the Lady Flames' 2005 season was a victory over Binghamton, a team which won 20 matches and qualified for the NCAA Division I Tournament.
In 2004, Pinder's first season as head coach, the Lady Flames claimed 10 wins in their final 13 matches. Liberty's season ended after the Lady Flames took the eventual Big South Champions (Winthrop) to five games in the semifinal round of the Big South Volleyball Championship.
A number of Pinder's players were honored after the season, highlighted by Kristin Colson's second-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honor. Colson was also the Big South's Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Jennifer Belk was additionally a first-team all-conference selection.
Prior to his head coaching position, Pinder spent three seasons (1999-2001) as an assistant on Liberty's coaching staff. In the role, he helped guide the Lady Flames to Big South Conference titles in 1999 and 2001 and two trips to the NCAA Division I Tournament.
Pinder, a native of Nassau, Bahamas, attended Broward Community College in Miami, Fla., for two years and graduated from Liberty Bible Institute in 2000 and Luther Rice Seminary in 2004.
Pinder and his wife, Haley, reside in the Lynchburg area with their daughter, Graysen Avie, who will turn three during the 2008 season.