Anne Kordes is in her fifth year as an assistant volleyball coach on the Illini staff. Kordes, who hails from Louisville, Ky., was hired by Don Hardin on July 16, 1999.
At Illinois, Kordes serves as the program’s recruiting coordinator along with her on-court coaching duties. Having played and coached in the Midwest for the past several years, Kordes is already a familiar face along the volleyball recruiting trail.
“Anne has quickly established herself as one of the best recruiting assistants in the country,” Hardin said. “In addition, her knowledge and skills in the gym have earned her tremendous respect from the players. Anne is a tireless worker who is dedicated to positioning the Illinois program as one of the most competitive in the nation.”
Kordes came to Illinois from Indiana University, where she served on the Hoosiers staff for three months before accepting the position at Illinois for the chance to work with Hardin, her mentor. Her history with Hardin began during Hardin's days as head coach at Louisville. Kordes attended his camps and took extra setting instruction from Hardin while in junior high school. As a senior in high school, Kordes was then a member of a club team Hardin coached.
During her playing career, Kordes picked up coaching experience working with club teams. She was an assistant coach with the Kentuckiana Junior Volleyball Association for one year before taking over head coaching responsibilities her final two years at Louisville. Kordes coached former Illini Shadia Haddad and current Illini Lisa Argabright and Shelly O’Bryan in the club ranks.
Kordes has also gained valuable coaching experiencing at the national level over the last four years. The past two summers, she served as an assistant coach for USA Volleyball’s National A2 Program. In the summer of 2001, she was an assistant coach for USA Volleyball’s Junior National Team. Kordes began her involvement with USA Volleyball in the summer of 2000 as an assistant coach for the Youth National Team.
In the summer of 2002, Kordes also served as the Co-Head Coach of the USA Collegiate Team, which traveled to Sibillini, Italy from June 26-July 7.
Kordes began her collegiate playing career in 1994 at the University of Cincinnati where she was the starting setter for the Bearcats and earned Great Midwest Newcomer of the Year honors. Kordes was a second-team All-Conference USA setter her sophomore year before deciding to transfer back home to Louisville.
After sitting out 1996 as a redshirt transfer year, Kordes was the Cardinals’ starting setter in 1997 and ’98. Kordes amassed 1,067 assists as a senior to earn third-team All-Conference USA honors. She led the Cardinals to a 29-5 record and No. 21 national ranking in her final year of competition.
Kordes received her bachelor’s degree in sport administration from the University of Louisville in 1998 and earned a master’s degree in sport administration from Louisville in 2001.