Rick Nold Volleyball Camps
Experience: 7th Season
Alma Mater: Louisville, 1998
The 2017 season will be Rick Nold's seventh as Auburn’s head volleyball coach after being named the 10th head coach in program history on April 10, 2011.
In his six seasons on the Plains, Nold has put together a 93-89 overall record (.511). He enters the season with a career winning percentage of .586 in 16 years as a collegiate head coach, having a 265-187 mark.
Auburn had one of its best finishes in the Southeastern Conference in 2016, going 9-9 and finishing tied for fifth overall. The league finish was the best for the program since 2010 as the squad went 15-16 overall. Jesse Earl and Alexa Filley had successful campaigns, being named All-SEC and honored by the AVCA All-South region. Earl and Filley both reached 1,000 career digs as juniors last season and Earl's path to that total marked the fasted by any Tiger in program history. Auburn newcomer Gwyn Jones picked up SEC All-Freshman honors, marking the second-straight season a Tiger has been recognized. The team picked up another upset over a nationally-ranked squad in 2016, earning a come-from-behind victory over then-No. 21 Louisville on the road in five sets.
The 2015 season was an exciting one for the young Tiger team as the squad went 18-12 overall and came in sixth in the conference with an 10-8 mark. The team upped its defensive presence from the previous season and finished second overall among SEC opponents with a 15.62 digs/set average. Freshman Brenna McIlroy earned SEC All-Freshman accolades, marking the first time since 2010 that a Tiger newbie was honored by the league. Stephanie Campbell was named the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year – the fourth honor in program history. Auburn’s 3-2 win over then-No. 11 Florida was the team’s first win over a nationally-ranked opponent since 2013 and snapped a 41-match losing streak to the Gators. Auburn finished 11-3 at home in Auburn Arena.
The Tigers finished 19-11 during the 2013 season, tying for sixth in the SEC with a 10-8 conference record. The 10 victories in SEC play were the most by the Tigers since 2010 and just the second time in the last 15 years that Auburn posted 10 wins in league action. Nold also guided the Tigers to their first-ever win over a top-10 opponent, knocking off No. 10 Nebraska, 3-1.
His second season (2012) saw a six-match improvement from his first as he took the Tigers from an 11-19 mark (5-15 SEC) in 2011 to a 17-13 record (8-12 SEC) in 2012. He led the Tigers to nine straight wins to open the season, the second-longest winning streak in program history. Nold also picked up his 200th career head coaching victory on Nov. 4 with a 3-1 win over Georgia.
During his time at Auburn, Nold’s players have re-written the Tigers’ record book. Camila Jersonsky finished her career as Auburn’s all-time leader in hitting percentage (.355), while also ranking in the top-10 in program history with 368 total blocks, 317 block assists, blocks per set and solo blocks.
Under Nold’s tutelage, Katherine Culwell and Sarah Wroblicky etched their names in the record book during the 2013 season as Culwell picked up her 1,000 career kill, while Wroblicky collected her 1,000 career dig.
Nold came to Auburn after directing Jacksonville State to unprecedented heights during his nine-year tenure, winning three regular season conference titles, three conference tournament titles and making three NCAA postseason appearances. He compiled an overall record of 172-98, while posting an impressive 107-42 (72 percent) mark in league games.
A three-time conference Coach of the Year, Nold led the Gamecocks to Ohio Valley Conference regular season or tournament title in four of the previous six seasons. He captured the OVC regular season in 2006, ‘07 and ‘09, while winning the conference tournament title in 2005, ‘06 and ‘09.
Jacksonville State advanced to the NCAA Division I Tournament in 2005, ‘06 and ‘09 under Nold, the only NCAA postseason appearances in the program’s history. In 2009, Nold led the program to another milestone, by winning the school’s first NCAA Tournament match, defeating Florida A&M.
Nold’s 2009 team finished the season 27-8, which was the most wins in program history, swept both conference titles and advanced to the NCAA second round. He was rewarded by being named the OVC Coach of the Year as well as the Midwest Region Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
In 2006, the Gamecocks were 24-5 overall and posted a perfect 18-0 mark in conference play, sweeping all but one conference match. At one time that season, JSU won 49 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the nation.
Nold came to Jacksonville State from his alma mater, Louisville, where he spent six years on the Cardinals’ staff, the last four as a full-time assistant whose duties included recruiting coordinator. During his time at Louisville, the Cardinals won four Conference USA titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament five times, advancing to the Sweet 16 in 1996 and 1998. He was the head coach of the 16-and-under and 18-and-under teams for the Kentucky Indiana Volleyball Academy in Louisville, where he coached teams that won the 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999 AAU National Championships. His teams also earned Top 5 finishes at the USA Volleyball National Championships in 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2001. He also served as president of the Cheaha Juniors Volleyball Club program from 2002-03.
Nold began his coaching career as an assistant at Assumption High School in his hometown, where he helped the girls’ varsity squad to three state championships and a 137-9 overall record before joining the University of Louisville staff in 1996. Nold served as an intern with USA Volleyball, where he assisted the women’s national team in preparations for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He received a bachelor’s degree from Louisville in the spring of 1998 in Sports Administration.
He is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association, the Association of Volleyball Professionals and USA Volleyball Impact Certified Coach. He also serves on the All-Region and All-America selections committees.