Jeremiah Tiffin begins his first season as the head coach for the Saints women's volleyball team.
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 2014 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.
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.
Lance Pulliam began his coaching career in the fall of 2008 as a volunteer coach for Wichita State University. After coaching a little more than half of the season for the Shockers, Pulliam returned home to Texas due to a death in the family. From 2011-2013, Pulliam coached on the club level at SA Magic. In the summer of 2013, his men’s indoor team competed for the adult USAV National Championship in the A Division. The team defeated the United States All-Armed Forces Team in two sets. He was awarded all-tournament team honors and the MVP award.
Pulliam started playing volleyball at the age of 11 with the San Antonio Volleyball Association. As a middle blocker, he earned All-American honors during his club years, and his team earned back-to-back bronze medals. Pulliam received a scholarship to play volleyball for Newman University in Wichita, Kan. The team made it to two NAIA National Championships, and he earned All-Conference honors. After Newman cut the men’s team, Pulliam transferred to Park University and played his last season of volleyball for the Pirates. During that season, the Pirates won the NAIA National Championship on their home floor defeating five-time champs California Baptist University.
Pulliam provides one-on-one volleyball lessons, and he is the owner of Nolley, a sand volleyball company. He continues to play in local sand tournaments and enjoys photography.
Suzie Pena received her bachelor's degree last year from Our Lady of the Lake University after playing four years on the Saints volleyball team as a defensive specialist.
She attended Southwest High School in San Antonio, where she received First-Team All-District and the MVP award. While at OLLU, she received the Red River Athletic Conference/NAIA Champions of Character award twice and was named a Conference Scholar Athlete all four years.
The NAIA Champions of Character program aims to instill five core values in NAIA athletes, coaches: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship. Our Lady of the Lake University shares and supports these values and strives to promote the Champions of Character program by working with students, coaches through our Champions of Character educational program. For more information on the Champions of Character program, click here: www.championsofcharacter.org.
Luis A. Lárraga
Sports Information Assistant