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Shane PinderHead Volleyball Coach
College: Luther Rice Seminary ('04)
Start Date: Jun 2004
Head coach Shane Pinder is entering his fourth season at the helm of the Lady Flames' volleyball program.
Last season, 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 since 2001. Both senior middle blocker Autum Black and freshman setter Kallie 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 2004 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.
As an assistant coach, he helped lead Liberty to two 20-win seasons, as the Lady Flames went 22-10 in 1999 and 21-11 in 2001. In Big South play, the team finished with a 33-11 mark during his three seasons on the staff.
Accolades for Liberty student-athletes were numerous during Pinder's time as an assistant. Six players made the Big South Conference All-Tournament team, four student-athletes were named to the Big South second-team all-conference roster, three were Big South all-academic members, two were Big South first-team all-conference honorees, a pair became Big South Conference Tournament MVPs, one was named Big South Conference MVP, one garnered Virginia State All-District honors and one player was included on the VaSID All-State first team.
Before returning to Liberty as head volleyball coach, Pinder served as an assistant coach at Brookville High School with former Liberty volleyball player, Athena Arronson. During the summer months, he has conducted volleyball camps and clinics, while also being a personal trainer to local athletes.
Pinder served as an assistant girls' volleyball coach at Lynchburg Christian Academy for one season and as the team's head coach for a year. He was the head girls' volleyball coach at Dade Christian High School in Miami, Fla., for three years and the head women's volleyball coach of the Miramar-Pal Volleyball Club in Miami, Fla., for two years.
Before his leap into coaching, Pinder played on the South Florida Pro Beach tour for several years and also played on Miami's USVBA Club Team. He was a four-year letterwinner in football, basketball and baseball during his prep career at Dade Christian High School.
Pinder 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 two during the 2007 season.