July 22, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - With Tulane's volleyball season a little over a month away from beginning, Tulane volleyball head coach Sinisa Momic has added Wayne Holly and Nikki Osuna to his coaching staff, announced the athletic department on Monday.
Holly will serve as an assistant coach during the indoor season as well as the head sand volleyball coach, while Osuna will become a sand volleyball assistant while also becoming the director of operations for the volleyball program.
"We are very excited to add both Wayne and Nikki to our program," said Momic. "They will both bring a lot to both the indoor and sand volleyball programs here at Tulane."
Holly comes to Tulane 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.
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.
"Wayne, in my opinion, is an elite sand volleyball coach, and he has worked with US Volleyball for years," added Momic. "He has coached both men and women, and he coached in the World Championships this summer. He is obviously someone who will attract quality recruits to our indoor and sand programs. He will build on the success the sand team had this past spring, and he will be a huge asset to our indoor team, as well."
Osuna will reunite with a program in which she starred for in 2010 and 2011. In her career, Osuna played in 206 sets with 61 starts, recording 747 digs and 32 aces while notching 79 assists. Her career digs per set average of 3.63 is good for second in school history, while her 0.38 average of assists per set is 16th in Tulane history.
During her senior campaign, Osuna earned Honorable Mention honors from the LSWA All-Louisiana team. For the Greenies in 2011, she appeared in all 31 matches with 30 starts at the libero position and played in a total of 116 sets. The Bellflower, Calif., native led the team in digs with 510, becoming just the second player in school history to eclipse the 500-dig plateau in a season. She ranked second on the team in service aces with 21, and was fourth in assists with 72.
In her first year with the program, she appeared in 30 matches with 13 starts at libero and played 90 sets. She notched 237 digs on the season, good for third on the team.
Osuna played two seasons at Orange Coast College prior to joining Tulane. Her first season at OCC was marred with injuries, but she came back strong during her sophomore year to have one of the finest individual seasons in the history of the OCC program. She set a single-season school record of 602 digs which shot her into the fourth place spot on the career digs list at OCC. She helped the program capture the California Community College Athletic Association Championship that season, and earned First Team All-Orange Empire Conference honors in the process.
Osuna originally started her collegiate career at Seattle Pacific University in 2007.
The director of operations position became open after Momic promoted Jaye Loyd to an assistant coach earlier this year.
"It's great to have Nikki back," added Momic. "She significantly contributed to the program for the two years she played here. We are excited to have her back in a different role, assisting with the sand program and working as the director of operations for the indoor program. There will be a lot of things that will be new to her, but we are excited for her to have this opportunity. She is a great person to have around."
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