Gergen comes to Illinois after coaching stints at Ohio State and Virginia Tech
Photos from the Volleyball Family Reunion Reception on May 18, 2013.
B.A., Psychology, Georgia Tech, 2005
M.A., Health Education, Virginia Tech
Coaching Experience Assistant Coach, University of Illinois: 2013-present Assistant Coach, Ohio State University: 2010-12 Assistant Coach, Virginia Tech: 2005-09
Georgia Tech, 2001-04
Klagenfurt, Austria, 2008
Gergen was hired as an Assistant Coach in January, 2013. She serves as the primary recruiting coordinator for the Fighting Illini, going on the majority of recruiting visits and working with incoming athletes to make sure they are fully prepared when they arrive on campus. Additionally, she assists in scheduling and game plan formulation.
Before arriving in Champaign, Gergen spent 2010-12 as an assistant coach at Ohio State. She assisted in all aspects of the game, including middle hitter training, blocking, travel, co-directing camps and clinics, and overseeing community outreach programs. Under her leadership, the Buckeyes advanced to the NCAA Tournament all three years, including back-to-back NCAA Regionals appearances in 2010 and 2011.
Prior to her tenure at Ohio State, Gergen spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech. During her stint in Blacksburg, Gergen worked with the first two Hokie players ever to be named All-American, in 2006 honorable mention Katie Esbrook and 2008 honorable mention Felicia Willoughby, both middle blockers like herself.
A four-year player for Georgia Tech, Gergen helped guide the Yellow Jackets to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, three ACC regular-season titles and an ACC Tournament Championship. As a senior in 2004, the middle hitter earned an All-America honorable mention, First-Team All-ACC honors, and an AVCA All-East Region selection. A dean's list student with a degree in psychology, Gergen was a three-time ACC Honor Roll selection and earned Academic All-District in 2004.