Aug. 10, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Stephanie Serna enters her first season on the sidelines for the Green Wave after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of South Florida. An American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Region selection as a senior at UCF, Serna will serve as the recruiting coordinator as well as aiding with practice and match preparation while on the Uptown campus.
"Stephanie is a wonderful addition to our staff," said head coach Sinisa Momic. "She brings a great passion to the position and adds a youthful dynamic to our staff. We witnessed her abilities as a player during her time at UCF and her professional career overseas gives her a unique perspective that really adds another dimension to her coaching repertoire."
No stranger to Conference USA, Serna was an All-C-USA performer during her three seasons at UCF and earned AVCA All-Region accolades as a senior for the Knights. Moving into the assistant coach role will be nothing new for the San Antonio, Texas native, as she was involved in nearly every aspect of the Bulls program during her time on campus. Serna helped with recruiting, event management, community service activities, strength and conditioning and academics.
In two seasons with the Bulls, the former outside hitter/opposite was a part of 22 victories on the court and watched as her pupils earned All-American, All-Region and All-BIG EAST Conference accolades on the court. During her first season in Tampa, Serna helped Allie Boaz earn Honorable Mention All-America and First Team All-Northeast Region accolades from the American Volleyball Coaches Association, as well as a spot on the All-BIG EAST First Team. In 2010, freshman Valerie El Houssine ranked second in the BIG EAST Conference in kills and points per-set to earn a nod to the All-Conference Second Team.
The first UCF player to earn All-Conference USA laurels, Serna was a Second Team All-C-USA pick as a senior in 2008 and received Honorable Mention All-Midwest Regional from the AVCA after ranking among the conference leaders in hitting percentage and kills per-set. In her career, she earned the 2007 UCF Coach's Award, Bright House Student-Athlete of the Week and was named to an in-season all-tournament team four times.
"Stephanie's knowledge of Conference USA, along with her vision, enthusiasm and commitment to excellence make her a great fit for this position," Momic said. "She is coming right into preseason camp and we anticipate her making a seamless transition onto our team."
After her collegiate career, Serna showcased her skills as a part of the Slovenian Federation National Team in 2009, where she was a member of the Tarbor-Maribor Volleyball Club until January 2010. Following her time overseas, Serna was named one of the 10 recipients of the 2010 Minority Coaches Scholarship, and in 2011 was selected as an assistant coach of Florida Region High Performance (HP) Team, announced by USA Volleyball.
She is no stranger to this type of work, as Serna was previously involved in administration and organized team travel at the prestigious Orlando Volleyball Academy. She was also the Beach Club Director and director of indoor and outdoor camps, earning the 2007-08 OVA Coach of the Year Award.
Serna earned a bachelor of arts and humanities in history from UCF in 2009.