Green Wave staffer to serve as assistant at the FIVB U23 Beach Volleyball World Championship in Poland
Rising sophomore to compete in FIVB U23 Beach Volleyball World Championship in Poland
Photos By Parker Waters
Wayne Holly is entering his second year with the Tulane volleyball program.
Holly will serve as an assistant coach during the indoor season as well as the head sand volleyball coach.
In his first season as an assistant coach with the indoor volleyball team, the program pulled off the biggest turnaround in the NCAA from 2012 to 2013, going from 6-21 to 28-4 while finishing second in Conference USA despite being picked to finish 10th in the preseason poll. Additionally, Holly worked with the likes of Mel Mandelbaum (C-USA Setter of the Year, All C-USA First Team, AVCA All-Southwest Region, AVCA Honorable Mention All-American), Cori Martone (All C-USA First Team, AVCA All-Southwest Region, AVCA Honorable Mention All-American) and Tea Juric (C-USA Freshman of the Year, All C-USA First Team, AVCA All-Southwest Honorable Mention) during their award-laden seasons for the Green Wave.
On the sand circuit, Holly's first season was successful, as two of his pupils in Juric and Jackie Wegner became the first Tulane volleyballers to compete at the AVCA Sand Volleyball Championship in May 2014. Following the season, Holly was selected to serve as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2014 FIVB U23 Beach Volleyball World Championship in Mysolwice, Poland.
Holly joined the Tulane program after most recently serving two seasons as an assistant coach at Brown University. While there, he was responsible for recruiting, scouting and preparing video analysis of opponents.
In addition to his duties at Brown, Holly was an integral part of the USA Volleyball Beach program, serving as an assistant coach for the USA Volleyball Beach National U19 Team, as well as the national camp coach for USA Volleyball Beach High Performance. With USA Volleyball, Holly assisted in practice design, management and instruction while tutoring some of the finest players in the country. In July 2012, he coached the U17 Girl's beach teams to first and third in the national championship tournament. In addition to his coaching duties, he was also a national tryout coach and evaluator, instructing on-court drills and scouting talent in Alabama, California, Illinois and Delaware.
Holly has also been active on the club circuit, where he has worked with the New England Region volleyball clubs before taking over as head coach and club director of CT Velocity. During his time with CT Velocity, he was the head coach for the 18 Open Regional squad for four seasons, while also serving as the program designer and lead instructor for the beach programs for six seasons.
Prior to his national and collegiate coaching tenures, Holly served as the head coach of the Chariho High School boys' volleyball team in Rhode Island for four years. While at Chariho High School, Holly was also an assistant coach and head JV coach for the girls' volleyball team. In 2010, he was named as the Rhode Island Boys Volleyball Coaching Association Division I Volleyball Coach of the Year after leading his squad to the state championship match.
Before beginning his coaching career, Holly played on the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) Pro Beach Qualifier Tour in 2006 and 2007. He competed in a number of AVP Open tournaments, including the AVP Louisville Open, the AVP Cincinnati Open and the AVP Cuervo Gold Crown Fort Lauderdale Open.
Holly graduated from Rhode Island College in 1993, and he also owns a J.D. from New York Law School. Immediately after college, he served as an attorney and partner at Klestadt & Winters, LLP in New York for ten years. He is also a 2014 candidate for an M.A. in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University.