Campbell rounds out Pitt volleyball coaching staff
Craig Dyer begins his second season as an assistant coach for the University of Pittsburgh women's volleyball team.
Focusing on the setters, Dyer's first season with the Panthers was marked by outstanding performances from senior setter Lindsey Zitzke and junior setter Jenna Jacobson, both of whom amassed over 700 sets during the 2013 campaign. The Panthers had the fifth highest assist per set ratio in the ACC, with a 12.58 assist per set average.
"Craig is an outstanding coach on many levels and we are thrilled to have him in Pittsburgh. He knows the game, can motivate, recruit, and has a tireless work ethic," Head Coach Dan Fisher said. "He is very much respected in the volleyball community and our styles will complement each other nicely. With him on board, we are ready to hit the ground running."
Dyer joins the Panthers after spending the past four years as an assistant at Marquette University. He was instrumental in helping the women's volleyball program rise to national prominence and set multiple school records along the way. In his four seasons at MU, Dyer saw the Golden Eagles go 92-39 (.702) and set the program record for wins in 2010 (23), 2011 (24) and 2012 (27).
At Marquette, Dyer served as the offensive coordinator and worked primarily with the setters. His knowledge of the game and tactical implementation was evident as he coached two AVCA All-American setters in Nikki Klingsporn and Chelsea Heier. In 2010, Klingsporn ranked fourth nationally in assists per set (12.10), while Heier was seventh in 2011 at 11.89.
Prior to Marquette, Dyer spent three years as an assistant coach for the Penn State men's volleyball program where he served as the team's recruiting coordinator. Penn State collected an overall record of 66-10 during his tenure and won the 2008 National Championship.
Dyer has also gained experience on the national level as an assistant for the USA Men's Junior National Team. In 2008, he helped USA earn a bronze medal at the NORCECA World Championship qualifiers and earn a spot in the Junior World Championships.
From 2004-06, Dyer was the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Seton Hall women's volleyball program. Before SHU, he spent 2002-04 as an assistant coach for the Rutgers women's volleyball team, including serving as the interim head coach during the 2003 season.
"I have known Dan [Fisher] for a long time, and I really respect his ability to train and coach," Dyer said. "If you look at the history of Pitt volleyball, they have had some really great teams and I want to help them get back to that level. Going to the ACC, it is an amazing volleyball conference and I am excited to make that transition with this team and university."
Dyer graduated from Susquehanna University in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in music education and was the head coach for the men's volleyball program at his Alma Mater from 2000-2002.
A native of Boyertown, Pa., Dyer and his wife Jennifer Armson-Dyer have a three year old son, Liam.