Rick Nold Volleyball Camps
Experience: 7th Season
Alma Mater: Jacksonville State, 2001
Eysha Ambler begins her fifth season as an assistant coach for the Auburn volleyball team. She serves as the Tigers' recruiting coordinator.
A former assistant under Nold at Jacksonville State from 2002-04, Ambler spent the previous two years as an assistant at the University of Pittsburgh.
While at Pittsburgh, Ambler worked primarily with the Panthers' middles and blockers. During her first season with the team, Pitt ranked 38th in the country in hitting percentage with a .247 mark. Ambler also mentored middle hitter Meagan Dooley, who became the program's third AVCA All-American.
A native of Ozark, Ala., Ambler also organized team travel, summer camps, managed the budget and monitored the academics and eligibility of the squad while at Pitt.
"I am excited to be coming back home to Alabama and for the opportunity to work under Coach Nold," said Ambler. "I learned a lot from him early in my career and I am looking forward to re-connecting with him. I am thrilled and blessed with this new opportunity and excited to help Auburn compete and win a championship."
Prior to Pitt, Amber spent five years at Tennessee State, where she helped lead the Lady Tigers to a pair of Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) titles and the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance.
"I am very excited to bring Eysha to our staff," said Nold. "Eysha started her career under me and I have been following her career closely. When I got the job at Auburn, she was the first person on my list. She is a great recruiter, a hard worker and will be a valuable addition to our staff."
During her time at TSU, she also served as a recruiting coordinator and volleyball operations director. She was instrumental in aiding the students with their academic progress and helping them develop quality tutorial programs, while organizing and balancing the volleyball program budget.
Prior to TSU she spent two seasons at Jacksonville State as a graduate assistant. At JSU, she monitored the academic progress of student-athletes, organized travel and film exchange and managed home tournaments and match activities for the volleyball team.
Ambler played two years on the Jacksonville State volleyball squad after transferring from Northwest-Shoals Community College. At JSU she made her mark in the history books as the all-time single-season leader for blocks per game (1.7). She finished her career ranked fourth and seventh in block assists in a single season (92 and 72 respectively) and third in solo blocks (31) in a single season.
Ambler was the first three-sport letterman at Jacksonville State dating back to 1985, earning letters in basketball, track and field and volleyball. She graduated from JSU in 2001 with a B.S. in business management and later got her B.S. in education in 2004.
She has worked as the head coach the Pittsburgh Elite Volleyball Club (2009-11) and the Nashville One Volleyball Club (2008-09), while also serving as an assistant with Impact Volleyball Club (2008) in Nashville.
Assistant Volleyball Coach
Alma Mater: Clarke, 2011
Experience: 1st Season
Alex Wilharm joined the Auburn volleyball program March 1, 2017.
Wilharm comes to The Plains following a six-year stint at Louisville. He spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant with the Cardinals before being elevated to assistant in 2013. Wilharm served as an associate head coach for the 2016 season.
In 2016, he was named as one of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Thirty Under 30 Award winners for that year. This award was created in 2009 to honor up-and-coming coaching talent at all levels of the sport.
Wilharm brings a wealth of postseason experience to the Auburn program. As an assistant coach with Louisville, he helped the Cardinals to a 2015 ACC Conference championship and a 2013 America Athletic Conference title. The team advanced to the NCAA Second Round in each of those seasons.
During his six years with the Louisville program, Wilharm was a part of four NCAA appearances, two NCAA Tournament top 16 seeds, an ACC Championship, two Big East Championships and a Big East Tournament Championship with Louisville. He coached three conference Players of the Year, two conference Freshmen of the Year, the Conference Setter of the Year and two conference defensive players of the year. In all, he has coached eight AVCA All-Americans.
In addition, Wilharm was an integral part of attracting three Top 25 recruiting classes to Louisville. While a volunteer assistant at Louisville, he also coached club with KIVA's 16-1s, was the head coach of the Iowa High Performance Regional Team, and led his team to the Boys Regional championship.
A 2011 graduate of Clarke University in Iowa, Wilharm played for the Crusaders and led the squad to the national finals. He was a two-time All-MAMVIC First Team honoree and was named National Player of the Week twice as well as being an Academic All-Conference selection for three years. Clarke named him Male Athlete of the Year.
A native of Decorah, Iowa, he was a two-sport athlete and lettered in track and basketball. The son of a high school volleyball coach, Wilharm coached the Dyersville Intensity Club (14s and 15s). He also coached Courtmasters 16s. As a senior at Clarke, he coached the women's team in the fall before playing his senior season in the spring.
Director of Operations
Alma Mater: Jacksonville State, 2010
Experience: 2nd Season
Paige Wetzel kicks off her first season as the Director of Operations with the Auburn volleyball program in 2016.
Wetzel came to the Plains following a year at Auburn University at Montgomery. During the 2015 season, Wetzel laid the foundations of the brand new program that is set to kick off it’s inaugural season in 2017.
Prior to AUM, Wetzel served as head coach at Point University in 2014 after spending time in the club circuit.
As an assistant coach for Metro American Volleyball Club (Washington, D.C.), she helped her 2013 team qualify for the USA Volleyball Junior Olympic Nationals where they finished 27th in the National Division.
Before her stint at Metro American Volleyball Club, she served as an assistant coach for Lake Tapps Volleyball Club (Lake Tapps, Wash.). At Lake Tapps Wetzel also guided her team to the USA Volleyball Junior Olympic Nationals where they finished 42nd in the American Division.
In addition to her club experience, Wetzel has been a contributor at various volleyball camps, including for her long-time mentor and Auburn head coach, Rick Nold
Wetzel served alongside Nold at Jacksonville State University as a graduate assistant coach in 2010 where the Gamecocks went 16-14 overall and 11-7 in conference.
As a player under Nold at Jacksonville State, the duo helped make program history by advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2009 with a first round 3-2 win over Florida A&M. Serving as team captain during the 2009 season, the Gamecocks recorded a 26-7 overall record, while also winning the Ohio Valley Conference Championship.
Wetzel earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Jacksonville State, while earning her master’s in sports management from JSU also. Wetzel and her husband, Josh, have two daughters: Harper and Payton.
Prior to JSU, Wetzel attended Gadsden State Community College where she was team captain from 2006-07. She also was an Alabama Community College Conference All-American in 2006 and 2007, while earning Academic All-American honors in 2007.