Gillom Sports Center
In the spring of 1996, ground was broken for the construction of a new multi-sport facility, and in July 1997, the complex, the Gillom Sports Center, ushered in a new era in women's athletics at Ole Miss. Read More
A winner on every level of coaching, Steven McRoberts was hired on Jan. 16, 2014, to take Ole Miss volleyball to the top of the SEC and make it relevant on the national stage.
It’s safe to say, the Rebels are well on their way. McRoberts inherited a team that in the two years prior posted a 26-34 overall record and finished at the bottom of the SEC standings. The Rebels have posted four consecutive winning seasons for the first time in three decades, won 12 regular season tournament titles, set numerous team and individual records, and players have earned All-America, All-Region and All-SEC honors.
A historic season capped McRoberts fourth year at the helm, as the Rebels captured the NIVC Championship and set numerous team and individual records. A few close five-set losses in conference play ended the Rebels NCAA Tournament chances, but they took advantage of their opportunity to play in the first NIVC Tournament since the mid 90s. Led by the senior duo of Kate Gibson and Lexi Thompson and NIVC tournament MVP Emily Stroup, the Rebels won six in a row to end the season, including five straight on their way to the NIVC title. They only dropped one set in all five postseason matches played at the newly-renovated Gillom Athletics Performance Center.
Associate Head Coach
Ronaldo Pacheco is in his fourth year as a member of the Ole Miss volleyball program and was promoted to associate head coach in January of 2017.
Pacheco has helped the Rebels to four straight winning seasons for the first time in three decades. The Rebels have won 12 regular season tournament titles and set several team and individual records during his tenure.
In 2017, Pacheco helped coach the Rebels to a historic season as they captured the NIVC Championship and equaled the most wins (22) in the rally era. The Rebels set numerous team and individual records with senior outside hitters Kate Gibson and Lexi Thompson joining the 1,000/1,000 Club.
Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Texas native Tori Plugge joined the Ole Miss volleyball staff as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator in January of 2017.
In her first season at Ole Miss, the Rebels captured the NIVC Championship, equaled the most wins (22) in the rally era and set numerous team and individual records. Directing the recruiting efforts, Plugge helped the Rebels sign an Under Armour All-American as well as a Prep Volleyball Senior Ace.
Prior to coming to Ole Miss, Plugge spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Arkansas State where she coached the outside hitters and handled the day-to-day operations of the office and travel as well as assisted in recruiting and scouting.
Director of Operations
Damaris Linker is in her second year as the program’s director of operations.
Prior to joining the Rebels, Linker spent two seasons as the volleyball director of operations at Ohio University under head coach Deane Webb.
Linker’s responsibilities at Ohio included handling all team travel arrangements, including hotels, transportation, and meals, assisting in planning and execution of camps, planning events for the team, alumni, donors and supporters throughout the season and assisting in other daily operations of the program.