WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Purdue alumna and current Ball State assistant coach Tiffany Fisher has been selected to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Thirty Under 30 list of honorees in 2018. Just 12 NCAA Division I coaches in the nation are selected each year for the honor.
Fisher is coming off her second season with Ball State, assisting fellow Purdue alumna Kelli Miller and the Cardinals to a 32-29 (20-12 MAC) during her time in Muncie, Indiana. Ball State earned the MAC West Division title with an 11-5 league mark in 2017, after finishing as the runner-up in the division in 2016.
“I was extremely humbled to receive the AVCA 30 under 30 award,” said Fisher. “I have always enjoyed playing the game but when I became a Boilermaker I developed a love for the game. The support I had throughout my career at Purdue solidified my decision to begin coaching.”
“I received some of the best training in the country and that directly translates to my coaching abilities and style I use with my teams today. From my education, to our fan base and playing experience, Purdue ranks among the elite of the best student-athlete experiences. I want to be able to help my athletes receive an experience that will impact their lives and career just like mine was. Purdue Volleyball helped me love the game and the coaching staff supported my desires to continue to grow the game. Hail Purdue!”
After earning unanimous All-Big Ten honors as well as All-Mideast Region and AVCA All-America honorable mention selections her senior season at Purdue, Fisher joined head coach Dave Shondell as a volunteer assistant for the 2012 season. That year, Purdue finished 23-11 and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
As a player, the Topeka, Indiana, native led the Boilermakers to three NCAA Tournament appearances, three Sweet 16 berths and an Elite Eight. The former middle blocker ranks third all-time in program history with a .322 career hitting percentage.
“Tiffany has always been an inspiration to me,” said Shondell. “She has a giant heart and finds the best in everyone, yet has the ability to encourage and motivate athletes in an effective manner. Tiffany has a terrific future coaching America’s game.”