Jeremiah Tiffin has completed his second season as the head coach for the Saints volleyball team.
The Saints won their second-consecutive 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 College of the Ozarks. The team finished their season with 25-7 overall and 13-1 conference records.
Under Tiffin, Kendall Groff earned NAIA All-American and AVCA All-Southcentral Region honors. She also was named the RRAC MVP. Leilani Smith and Raven Swain also received AVCA All-Southcentral Region honors. Receiving All-Conference honors were First-Team - Groff, Anyssa Rivera, Smith and Swain; Second Team - Brittany Martinez, Janelle Solis and Jessica Walaski; Honorable Mention - Alexia Bustamante and Audrey Contreras. All-Tournament recognition -- Groff (MVP), Swain and Walaski; Conference Freshman of the Year - Anyssa Rivera; NAIA Scholar Athlete honors -- Groff; RRAC Scholar Athlete recognition -- Bustamante, Mariza Cardenas, Contreras, Groff, Rivera, Smith, Swain, Ciana Tankelewicz and Walaski.
Groff became the first non-basketball player to join the Saints 1,000 Club and she finished the season with a total of 1.061 kills. Tiffin earned his second RRAC Coach of the Year honors.
The Saints had a historic season in 2015. They won their first-ever RRAC regular season and tournament title. In the NAIA National Championships first round, the Saints battled for five sets but lost 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 are parents to Isaac.
Beau Rodriguez joins the Our Lady of the Lake University volleyball coaching staff as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator after spending the past two seasons coaching at Gloria Deo Academy in Bulverde, Texas, including one year as its athletic director last season.
Rodriguez spent the past eight seasons coaching various club teams around San Antonio, most recently with the Ignite Volleyball Club.
A native of San Marcos, Texas, he played three seasons on the Texas State University men’s club volleyball team from 2009-2011, serving as the team’s vice president, then president. Rodriguez was twice named all-conference.
Rodriguez earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science from Texas State University in 2012 and a master’s degree in recreation and leisure service management with a focus in recreation administration in 2015, where he was a member of Rho Phi Lambda.
Tasha Malana joins the Our Lady of the Lake University volleyball coaching staff as a graduate assistant and strength coach.
A native of Elk Grove, Calif., Malana played two seasons of junior college at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, Calif. from 2010-2012; first as a defensive specialist, then as a libero and team captain in her sophomore season. From there, she received an athletic scholarship to play at Dickinson State University in Dickinson, N.D., redshirting one season and spending two as libero and team captain.
Over that time, she broke school records, including most matches with 20-plus digs in a season with 10, and most matches with 20-plus digs in a career with 18. In 2015, she graduated from Dickinson State University with a bachelor’s in exercise science and minor in coaching.
In 2012, she served one season as an assistant coach for the Sunset Volleyball Club in Elk Grove, Calif. In 2015, she was hired as a coach for Dickinson Trinity High School, serving as the freshman head coach her first season, and junior varsity head coach and assistant varsity coach in 2016, helping guide the team to an undefeated season.
She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in organizational leadership at Our Lady of the Lake University.