Diddle Arena

Home of Lady Topper Volleyball Camps

One of the finest on-campus facilities in the country, WKU's E.A. Diddle Arena serves as the home of Hilltopper and Lady Topper basketball, and Lady Topper volleyball. The facility celebrated its 50th year of operation during the 2012-13 school year. read more

Travis Hudson

Head Coach

 

One name easily comes to mind when thinking of Western Kentucky University volleyball –Travis Hudson. Entering his 25th season as head coach in the 2019 season, he is the architect behind turning WKU Volleyball into a championship-caliber team and bringing national attention to the Lady Topper program.

 

After taking over the helm in 1995 and finishing that campaign with a 7-26 overall record, a resurgence in WKU Volleyball came at an astounding pace. Under Hudson’s tutelage, WKU has earned 10 Sun Belt Conference Regular-Season Championships, including seven-straight from 2000-2006, and five Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championships. In the department’s first four seasons in Conference USA, Hudson guided the 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 squads to four-straight regular season titles and sequential C-USA Championships. Along with that, the Lady Toppers have appeared in 11 NCAA Tournaments, as nine came from earning the league’s automatic bid and two were as at-large selections.

 

For his career, Hudson holds a 610-213 (.741) mark, as his only head coaching job has been on The Hill. Hudson has been named Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year five times (2000, 2002, 2005, 2012 and 2013) and Conference USA Coach of the Year twice (2015 and 2016) while being an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Coach of the Year finalist five times after earning the South Region Coach of the Year award in 2002, 2005, 2012, 2016 and 2017. He has 22 winning seasons in his career, as he has 20 seasons with 20 or more wins as well as eight campaigns with 30 or more wins. Read More

 

 

 

Kristi Griffin

Assistant Coach

 

Kristi Griffin returns for her 11th season on the WKU volleyball staff as an assistant coach in 2019. Griffin has also coached at Jacksonville State and the University of Southern Indiana. Since Griffin’s arrival in 2009, the Lady Toppers have notched seven NCAA Tournament appearances along with four regular season Conference USA championships, four Conference USA Tournament Championships, three Sun Belt Conference Regular-Season Championships and two SBC Tournament titles.

 

With Griffin on staff, WKU has a record of 286-59 overall and 142-14 against conference opponents. Griffin has guided 20 All-Conference USA honorees and 21 All-Sun Belt Conference selections, including four-time All-Americans Alyssa Cavanaugh and Jessica Lucas, three-time All-Americans Melanie Stutsman and Rachel Anderson, along with two-time All-American Jordyn Skinner.

 

After graduating five seniors – including two four-time All-Americans – the WKU staff was faced with a tall task during the 2018 campaign. The squad returned just two upperclassman front row players and only one that had seen significant court time. Despite an uphill battle to conquer, the WKU staff led the squad to its 19th-straight 20-win season and secured the No. 2 seed in the C-USA Tournament for the second-consecutive season finishing with a 20-10 record. Individually, Rachel Anderson earned All-American honors for the third time of her career and was named a Senior CLASS Award candidate. Additionally, the senior collected Conference USA’s coveted Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship. Read More

 

 

 

Craig Bere

Assistant Coach

 

With more than 20 years of Division I assistant coaching experience, Craig Bere brought his extensive volleyball knowledge to The Hill prior to the 2014 season and the Lady Toppers haven’t taken their foot off the gas pedal since. Bere is set for his fifth season on the sidelines for WKU volleyball in 2019.

 

After graduating five seniors – including two four-time All-Americans – the WKU staff was faced with a tall task during the 2018 campaign. The squad returned just two upperclassman front row players and only one that had seen significant court time. Despite an uphill battle to conquer, the WKU staff led the squad to its 19th-straight 20-win season and secured the No. 2 seed in the C-USA Tournament for the second-consecutive season finishing with a 20-10 record. Individually, Rachel Anderson earned All-American honors for the third time of her career and was named a Senior CLASS Award candidate. Additionally, the senior collected Conference USA’s coveted Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship.

 

Returning an experienced core, the 2017 WKU Volleyball squad continued finding new records to break. On Oct. 6, 2017, Bere helped lead the unit to its 30th-straight win over a C-USA opponent for the league record. That streak would stretch to 38 matches before a setback at North Texas. After tying the Mean Green for the C-USA Regular Season Championship, WKU hit the ground running come postseason time, getting to play all five postseason matches in the Bluegrass State. Read More

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