Home of the Redbird Volleyball Camps
A cornerstone for the Illinois State Athletics program is beautiful Redbird Arena, which began operation in 1989. The home of Redbird volleyball, the facility also houses the Owen Strength and Conditioning Center and athletic administration offices. Many praise the arena, with a capacity of 10,200, for its excellent design, as the furthest seat from the floor is just 220 feet away.
Eric Plunkett enters his third season as an assistant volleyball coach at Illinois State. Plunkett brings with him a wealth of coaching experience at various levels of mens and womens volleyball.
Prior to his arrival at ISU in 2012, Plunkett served as a volunteer assistant for the womens volleyball team at Mississippi. His responsibilities there included assisting with practices, scouting and recruiting procedures, and potential recruit evaluations.
Plunkett spent the two years prior to that as an assistant coach of the mens volleyball team at Clarke University, where he helped Clarke produced its first NAIA All-American. Plunkett organized recruiting efforts for the Crusaders, facilitated fundraising for club tournaments, and gained experience in both designing and executing practice plans.
Peter Netisingha will enter his first season as an assistant volleyball coach at Illinois State in 2016. Netisingha joins the staff after coaching stops at Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Netisingha most recently served as a volunteer assistant at Nebraska for two seasons, helping the Huskers to back-to-back Elite Eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament, culminating with the teams championship run in 2015. Among his responsibilities at Nebraska were on-court instruction, scouting, video analysis and strategic planning.
Before his time at Nebraska, Netisingha spent a year as a volunteer assistant at Ohio, where he helped the Bobcats to 2013 Mid-American Conference regular-season and tournament titles, and an NCAA Tournament berth.