Seton Hill University head volleyball coach Rick Hall returns for his 35th season in 2019 at the helm of the Griffins volleyball program. Over his 34 seasons at Seton Hill, Coach Hall has a career record of 727-378. Rick won his 700th career match in 2017 when the team defeated California (PA) on November 7th.
Coach Hall’s career at SHU has been highlighted by two Northeast Regional Coach of the Year honors, four District Championships, two Regional Championships, and four national tournament appearances in Hawaii, Kansas, and California. In 2006, Coach Hall was inducted into the first class of the Seton Hill University Athletic Hall of Fame.
In 2013, Rick led the Griffins to their first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. In 2014, the Griffins hosted the PSAC Tournament for the first time in school history and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season where they advanced to the regional semifinals. The Griffins posted their fifth straight 20+ win season in 2015, finishing with 23 wins. In 2017, they advanced to the PSAC Tournament for the fourth time in five seasons. The team also qualified for their third NCAA Atlantic Regional.
Last season the Griffins won their first ever PSAC Championship with a 3-2 win over Gannon in the PSAC Championship match. The Griffins advanced to their fourth NCAA Regional where they dropped a heartbreaking 3-2 decision to host and top seed Wheeling Jesuit in the regional final.
Coach Hall’s influence on volleyball in the area has extended beyond Seton Hill. He enjoyed a brief coaching stint with Hempfield high school and has been involved in the USA Juniors 16-and-under program, as well as the development of volleyball in the Catholic Youth Organization in Greensburg for grades 4 through 8.
A Latrobe High School and St. Vincent College graduate, Hall played professionally in the Association of Volleyball professionals in the late seventies and early eighties. His stints on the Cuervo Gold Pro Beach Doubles Tour, along with the Miller Lite Pro Beach Doubles Tour allowed him to play against the best professional competition up and down the east coast. Hall’s indoor experience came with the United States Volleyball Association and the USA Volleyball Association.
Rick and his wife Valerie have three children, Allyson, Ryan and Candace. Rick has two grandchildren, Connor and Nolan, sons of Allyson and Ross Yalch.
Bob Hall, a Youngstown, PA native and brother of head coach Rick Hall, returns for his sixteenth season with the Seton Hill women’s volleyball program as an assistant coach and head recruiter. The team has made three NCAA Regional appearances, advancing to the NCAA Regional Semifinal and hosted one PSAC championship over the past five seasons. The Griffins have also won 20+ games from 2011-15. The team has advanced to the PSAC Tournament in four of their five seasons in the league.
He has served the local volleyball community in many different capacities in recent years. Previously, Bob has worked in the Derry Area School District as the head women’s volleyball coach at the junior high level, as well as the varsity assistant coach. He has been the head coach and coordinator of three Girls Junior Olympic Volleyball Clubs at Chestnut Ridge, Foothills and Laurel Highlands. Bob is also a certified PIAA volleyball official.
Dave Albaugh has been involved in coaching for the past 23 years. In those years Albaugh has coached both boys and girls at the high school level, girls at the junior Olympic level, and nine years at the Division I collegiate level. Over the course of 13 high school seasons, Albaugh has guided his teams to 7 district titles, 2 regional titles, and 4 state championship appearances. He has been awarded Eastern Region Coach of The Year at the high school level twice, and State Coach of The Year once. In his 23 year span as a junior Olympic coach, Albaugh’s teams have been noted as some of the strongest teams in the state of Virginia as well as the east coast. His teams have placed in the top ten in 4 National Championship tournaments (JNC & AAU).
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Ivelisse Aponte-Cavallo is a 1993 Graduate of Seton Hill. Starting Setter for SHU Volleyball from 1989-93 and 2x National Qualifier. 2x U.S. National Women’s Volleyball Team Invitee. After her graduating she became Latrobe Varsity Assistant Coach from 1993-1994 and later the Head Coach at WCCC Women’s Volleyball Team 1995-2001. Since 2005 to the present a Volunteer Assistant coach at SHU.