Veteran coach joins volleyball staff

Jonah Phillips

With nearly 20 years of Division I coaching experience under his belt, Craig Bere, Notre Dame assistant volleyball coach, will join the WKU coaching staff as an assistant coach next season, as announced by Head Coach Travis Hudson on Monday. 

Most recently, Bere worked as an assistant coach at Notre Dame, but he served as head coach at Southern Indiana from 2002-03.  His full résumé includes assistant coaching stints at Louisville, LSU, Mississippi State, and Georgia Tech. 

 Bere, a Louisville native, has been a part of five NCAA Tournament teams, including four in Division I.

“I am beyond thrilled to hire someone of Craig’s caliber,” Hudson said in a press release. “Obviously he is a very accomplished assistant at numerous stops around the country, but I think I am more excited because he is an even better person. I know what kind of human being we are putting around our players. With Craig, you get a great coach, a great recruiter and a great person on top of it. We couldn’t be more excited about the impact that he is going to have on WKU volleyball.” 

Bere joins a program coming off its eighth NCAA Tournament appearance. The team recorded its seventh 30-win season in school history, while becoming Conference USA Regular-Season Co-Champions and Tournament Champions in its first season in the league. 

“Travis is a great coach, incredible leader and an amazing person,” Bere said in a press release. “I am beyond thrilled to be joining him and his staff in one of the winningest programs, nationally.” 

After spending the 2014 season in South Bend, Indiana, Bere helped the Irish through their second year of Atlantic Coast Conference action. Prior to Notre Dame, Bere spent time at Georgia Tech (2008-13), where he helped them qualify for their first NCAA Tournament in five years.

Bere began his coaching career as a student assistant in 1993 at Morehead State while earning a Bachelor of Arts in health education with a minor in coaching and a Master of Arts in physical education. While on staff with the Eagles, Morehead State captured the 1993 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament title and finished as the regular season runner-up in 1994.