OXFORD, Miss. – Guiding the Rebels into a brand new period, Ole Miss volleyball head coach Bre Henry introduced the addition of Taylor Gregory because the Rebels’ affiliate head coach Friday.
With success as a participant on the collegiate and worldwide degree to go together with 5 years of NCAA teaching expertise, Gregory brings a powerful data of the sport and championship tradition to Oxford and Ole Miss volleyball.
“I’m very excited so as to add Taylor to our workers,” mentioned Henry. “He has a wealth of data that he has gained from being a profitable athlete and coach, and he is without doubt one of the finest defensively minded coaches I’ve had the pleasure of figuring out. Taylor will positively impression the coaching, sport planning and tradition of Ole Miss Volleyball. He’s decided to make our program profitable within the SEC and understands how vital it’s to facilitate the student-athlete expertise on and off the court docket. I’m so excited to welcome Taylor, his spouse Delainey and little lady Murphy to Oxford and the Ole Miss Household.”
Gregory joins the Rebels from San José State, the place he served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. In simply 4 years with the Spartans, he helped flip this system round, guiding San José State to a 40-19 document over the past two seasons, together with SJSU’s first 20-win season in additional than 20 years. Gregory additionally coached 11 student-athletes that went on to obtain All-Mountain West honors, main the convention in every of the previous two seasons with 4 honorees.
In 2022, he helped lead the Spartans to their most profitable season within the Mountain West, ending with a 21-9 total document and second place end within the league with a 14-4 mark and advancing to the Mountain West Championship for the primary time in program historical past. Gregory’s protection was among the many convention’s finest, rating fifth with 2.28 blocks per set (91st nationally) and 13.15 digs per set. The 2021 marketing campaign noticed San José State submit a 19-10 document and third-place end within the convention standings whereas rating first within the Mountain West with 15.17 digs per set.
Working particularly because the Spartans’ defensive coordinator, Gregory mentored the center blockers and liberos at San José State. This previous season, he helped libero Sarah Smevog tally the second-most digs in a Spartan uniform and ninth all-time in Mountain West historical past with 1,734 profession digs and center blocker Jiana Lawson document 109.0 whole blocks, the ninth-most within the convention, and 164 kills at a .313 clip.
Previous to San José State, he was a volunteer assistant coach at Seattle College for the 2018 ladies’s group and the assistant coach for the boys’s group at Golden West Faculty for the 2018 season. He additionally labored at Group Rockstar Volleyball Membership, the place he was the top coach for the 16 Mizuno group, amongst others.
A two-time All-American and three-time All-Convention honoree, Gregory performed collegiately at Lengthy Seaside State, the place he completed his profession as one of the adorned center blockers in program historical past. Over his four-year profession, he amassed 500 whole blocks, the fifth most in program historical past. As a freshman with the 49ers, he led the nation in blocks per set and ranked second within the class throughout his junior season. Gregory additionally boasts success on the worldwide stage, serving as a member of the U.S. Males’s Junior Nationwide Group for the 2013 FIVB U21 World Championship in Turkey.
Off the court docket, Gregory served because the President and Vice President of the Lengthy Seaside State Scholar-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), serving to symbolize all athletes on the college and enhancing the student-athlete expertise.
“My household and I couldn’t be extra excited for the chance to hitch this program and group right here at Ole Miss,” mentioned Gregory. “I’m desirous to get on campus and begin constructing relationships with our athletes, coaches, and assist workers.
“I wish to thank Coach Henry for trusting my capability as a coach and an individual to be part of the championship tradition she is constructing right here in Oxford. I additionally wish to thank Director of Athletics Keith Carter and SWA Jennifer Saxon for his or her assist of Bre and her imaginative and prescient for this program. It was obvious by means of this course of that they’re invested in our student-athletes and serving to us create a successful program!”
The Saugus, California native graduated from Lengthy Seaside State in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science diploma in kinesiology. He’s married to Delainey Gregory, who was a four-year participant for the Lengthy Seaside State indoor and seaside volleyball groups and former assistant coach at San José State. The 2 are additionally joined in Oxford with their daughter Murphy.
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