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.
Lance Pulliam begins his third season as assistant coach for the OLLU Volleyball Team. He 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.
Jaclyn Bautista has joined the coaching staff as a student assistant after she completed her collegiate athletic career last season. She played on the Saints team for two seasons and earned All-Conference First-Team honors in 2014 and All-Conference Second-Team honors in 2015. In 2014, she received Conference Player of the Week.
Bautista, a native of El Paso, Texas, is majoring in kinesiology.
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.