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
In his third season as an assistant coach with the Tulane volleyball team is Wayne Holly. In his current role, he will continue to assist in all facets of match and practice preparation, scouting opponents and recruiting potential student-athletes. In addition to his duties with the indoor team, Holly will also serve as the head coach of the Green Wave's beach volleyball program in the spring.
In two seasons with the indoor team to date, Holly has helped lead the Green Wave to a combined 33 victories, including a 28-4 mark in 2013 when Tulane posted the biggest turnaround in the NCAA from the previous campaign. Along the way, he helped coach three student-athletes who earned all-conference honors, including the 2013 Conference USA Setter of the Year, Mel Mandelbaum, the 2013 C-USA Freshman of the Year, Tea Juric and first-team all-conference honoree Cori Martone. All three went on to earn first-team AVCA All-Southwest Region honors and honorable-mention All-America recognition. He was also instrumental in Tea Juric and Sarah Ray earning Louisiana Freshman of the Year distinction in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
On the beach circuit, Holly has guided the Green Wave to a combined 26-17 record, including an 18-10 mark in 2015. Along the way, two of his players -- Juric and Jackie Wegner -- earned invitations to the AVCA Sand Volleyball Championship in each of the last two seasons. Following the 2014 campaign, 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 in July 2013 after spending the previous 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.
A native of Ashaway, Rhode Island, Holly earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy and communications from Rhode Island College in 1993, and completed his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School in 1996. Immediately after college, he served as an attorney and partner at Klestadt & Winters, LLP in New York for a decade.