PEPPER PIKE, Ohio – Ursuline College has named former University of Akron assistant Jayme Plummer its new head volleyball coach, Athletic Director Cindy McKnight announced Monday (Feb.9) afternoon.
Sonja Williams, who guided the Arrows to an 18-9 record and a spot in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference semifinals last year as the interim head coach, will remain at UC and assist Plummer.
"We are very excited to add Jayme Plummer to our staff," McKnight said. "The program is coming off its first back-to-back winning seasons and we had just two seniors on the team last year. With the new athletic facility set to open this summer, our program is on the upswing and I am confident Jayme is the guy to help take it to the next level."
"I am grateful to Ursuline College President Sr. Diana Stano and Athletic Director Cindy McKnight for this opportunity. I have been blessed to work under some great head coaches and I am ready to take on the challenge of leading a program," Plummer said. "There is a great foundation in place and I am really excited about where we can take the program. I met with the team during the interview process and was impressed with their passion. I am ready to get on the court with that group and can't wait to get started."
Plummer began working at Akron in 2009 and served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. The Zips recruit at a local, national and international level with Plummer spearheading the charge. He designed and ran practices and handled team travel logistics while also working with the budgets for recruiting, camps and team travel.
On the court, Plummer tutored many student-athletes who were recognized by the Mid-American Conference. The Zips had a second team all-conference performer in 2009, 2010 and 2011 before Tina Dimitrijevs was a first team All-MAC pick in 2012. His student-athletes also got it done in the classroom. After the 2014 season, seven Zips were named to the Academic All-MAC Team.
Plummer also served as the Mid-American Conference representative on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Assistant Coaches Committee.
Prior to joining Akron, Plummer coached at Cleveland State University during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. The Vikings won the Horizon League tournament in 2007 and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The following year, CSU lost in the Horizon League title match.
He graduated from Cleveland State with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2008 and earned his Master's in exercise physiology from Akron in 2013.
Plummer currently resides in Olmsted Falls with his wife Bridget and daughter Brooke.