FERRIS VOLLEYBALL COACH SELECTED TO ATTEND NCAA ACADEMY
Tia Brandel-Wilhelm To Take Part In 2007 NCAA Women's Coaches Academy
Ferris State University women's volleyball coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm has been selected to participate in the 2007 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Women's Coaches Academy, which will be held June 9-13 at the University Place Conference Center in Indianapolis, Ind.
Created in 2002, the NCAA Women Coaches Academy, through support from the Committee on Women's Athletics (CWA), provides skills training for coaches at all levels to assist them in being more efficient, productive, resourceful and successful. The academy is designed for women coaches who are ready and willing to increase their individual effectiveness by learning advanced skills and strategies that directly affect their personal and team success. The participants learn skills that are not sport specific, yet ones that are relevant and necessary for coaching responsibilities, beyond the X’s and O’s.
Brandel-Wilhelm, who will embark on her 12th season at the Bulldog helm this coming fall, will be among 25 female coaches taking part in the annual event. The coaches will discuss philosophy and fundamentals, management skills, communication strategies and career development. In the end, the Women Coaches Academy has three objectives which consist of skills development, retention and mentoring, all for the advancement of the student athlete. To date there have been nine highly successful sessions of the five-day academies, which are open to any coach from any sport, and any division.
In 11 seasons at the helm, Ferris State University women's volleyball head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm has returned the Bulldogs to the brink of national contention and conference supremacy. Since becoming the program's fifth head coach in June 1996, Brandel-Wilhelm has resurrected the Ferris State program, compiling a 233-115 overall record (.670 winning percentage) at FSU while guiding the Bulldogs to five NCAA Division II National Tournament appearances, including four of the last five years.
Ferris claimed its ninth Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championship in 2004 after winning the league's annual postseason tournament for the first-time ever. FSU concluded the 2004 campaign with a 25-7 overall record and a second place 14-4 GLIAC North Division mark. In 2006, the Bulldogs registered a 21-9 mark and notched the program's eighth 20-win campaign in the last nine years to date. FSU took part in the GLIAC Tournament for the ninth year in a row and advanced to the NCAA-II National Tournament for the 14th time in school history.
During the 1999 campaign (Nov. 5), Brandel-Wilhelm registered her 200th career coaching victory in the Bulldogs' 3-1 home league win over Grand Valley State. Ferris also finished runner-up at the GLIAC Tournament for the third time in the Brandel-Wilhelm era during the 2001 season. She notched her 300th all-time victory in 2004 and enters the 2007 season ranked among the nation's top 20 active coaches on the Division II level with a 351-135 (.722) career mark in 14 seasons as a collegiate head coach. In the last eight seasons, Brandel-Wilhelm has coached Ferris to an impressive 200-85 overall record (.702). She was voted as the GLIAC's Coach of the Year for the second time in 2002 by her peers after leading Ferris to a second-place finish in the league's North Division.
Brandel-Wilhelm's resume demonstrates a penchant for winning. Prior to joining FSU, she served as head coach for three seasons (1993-95) at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, W. Va. Under Brandel-Wilhelm's tutelage, the Bobcats racked up a 118-20 overall record, captured three West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) and regional titles, made two NAIA national tournament appearances, and placed fifth at the 1995 NCAA Division II Championships.
Brandel-Wilhelm left WVWC with an active streak of 80 conference victories. In 1993, she was selected WVIAC and NAIA Mid-South Region Coach-of-the-Year after guiding her team to an impressive 40-11 overall mark in her initial campaign.
Prior to being named head coach at WVWC, Brandel-Wilhelm served as an assistant coach for one season and a graduate assistant for two. She also assisted with West Virginia Wesleyan's track and softball teams.
She earned a master's in business administration from WVWC after receiving her undergraduate degree in business administration and psychology from Alma (Mich.) College in 1990.
Brandel-Wilhelm, who competed in both volleyball and track at Alma, was an all-conference first-team scholar athlete. While attending Alma, she coached volleyball for two years at Alma (Mich.) High School.
A native of Whitehall, Mich., Brandel-Wilhelm presently serves as Ferris State's senior women's administrator and is accredited as a level II coach by the United States Volleyball Association. Brandel-Wilhelm, who is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), has also held positions on the NCAA National Volleyball and AVCA Division II Volleyball Coaches Committees.
Brandel-Wilhelm is married to FSU volunteer assistant coach Dale Wilhelm and resides in Big Rapids along with her daughter, Ivie, and stepson, Allen.