Jeremiah Tiffin begins his second season as the head coach for the Saints volleyball team.
The Saints had a historic season in 2015. They won their first-ever Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) regular season and tournament title. In the NAIA National Championships first round, the Saints lost a five-set battle to Evangel University. The team finished their season with 24-5 overall and 14-0 conference records.
Under Tiffin, Alysha Blanco earned NAIA All-American and AVCA All-Southcentral Region honors. She also was named the RRAC MVP. Receiving All-Conference honors were Jaclyn Bautista, Blanco, Alexia Bustamante, Kendall Groff, Stephanie Rubio, Leilani Smith, Janelle Solis, Gloriana Villarreal and Jessica Walaski; All-Tournament recognition -- Blanco, Raven Swain, Groff (MVP); Conference Newcomer of the Year and AVCA All-Southcentral Region awards -- Smith; NAIA Scholar Athlete honors -- Groff, Villarreal; RRAC Scholar Athlete recognition -- Blanco, Bustamante, Mariza Cardenas, Groff, Rubio, Swain, Ciana Tankelewicz, Villarreal, Walaski.
Tiffin earned RRAC Coach of the Year honors. In addition, Tiffin received AVCA All-Southcentral Region Coach of the Year, and Lance Pulliam received AVCA All-Southcentral Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
Tiffin comes to OLLU from Baylor University, where he was assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. This past season, Tiffin helped sign two top 75 nationally ranked players for the 2015 season.
Tiffin, a 2005 graduate of Baylor, was involved with men's club volleyball as a player / coach as an undergraduate and took that experience immediately to his professional career with 10 years of coaching experience at the club and collegiate levels.
He started at Baylor after three years as head coach at Hill College in Hillsboro, Texas. There he compiled a 51-55 overall record in three seasons making the playoffs all three seasons and finished no worse than third in the conference standings each year.
Seven Hill College players earned first-team all-conference under Tiffin's direction. In addition, he coached the conference's Defensive Player of the Year for three consecutive years.
Prior to taking the head coach realm at Hill, Tiffin was the assistant for two seasons, where he helped lead the team to two straight conference championship appearances.
His first coaching stint at the college level came at Arkansas State where he was a volunteer coach. His responsibilities included advanced scouting, game-tape exchange and on-floor instruction. Arkansas State went 21-14 and finished second in the Sun Belt Conference in his only season with the team in 2006.
Tiffin has been active at the club level in Waco coaching Baylor's women's club volleyball team since 2003. During that time his club teams tallied 10 consecutive top 20 national finishes, including two final fours and receiving the 2013 National Collegiate Volleyball Federation (NCVF) National Coach of the Year award. He also coached the 15-year-old club team from Waco Jrs. that won the American division at the 2014 Junior Olympics.
In 2016, Tiffin coached the Alamo Volleyball 17 Premier Team to a Lone Star Region Championship and a third-place finish at the Junior Olympics in the National Division.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Science in Education with a Sport Pedagogy discipline from Baylor University.
Tiffin and his wife, Rachel, reside in San Antonio.
Allison Hoche became part of the OLLU volleyball team in 2015. She grew up with OLLU senior Jessica Walaski, and the two have always been inseparable. At the beginning of the 2015 school year, Jessica asked the team and Head Coach Jeremiah Tiffin if it would be okay if she would bring Allison to practice and to games. Everyone agreed.
Jessica picks Allison up for most practices and games, and Allison is always ready to join the women. Allison has a chromosome abnormality, according to Walaski, and is not able to get out and socialize, and the team enjoys having her around.
The team works hard all season, perfecting their skills on the court. But Allison's presence has shown them that life is not all about volleyball.