GREENVILLE, Ill. -- After conducting a search, Greenville College has announced that head women's volleyball coach Tom Ackerman will jointly serve as head women's volleyball coach and the first head men's volleyball coach in Greenville College history.
Ackerman became head volleyball coach at Greenville College in the 2002 season. His connection with the Greenville College volleyball program dates back to 1997 when he was a student assistant coach for three years under head coaches Pam Craig and Rick McPeak. He later became an assistant coach under Rick McPeak for two years.
Ackerman will be assisted by long-time coaching colleague Ivan Estevez who was once a teammate.
I am very excited about coaching the men’s team and I am eager to get started," said Ackerman. "The administration has shown great support for this new program, and I am confident we are going to attract quality players. Coach Estevez and I have played or coached together for the last 20 years and with his help I am looking forward to creating a successful program."
As head coach, Ackerman was voted St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference coach of the year in 2002, 2008, 2010, and 2013. The 2013 squad won their first outright league championship after sharing the title for the previous three seasons.
Ackerman has taken the Panthers to the conference tournament for the last eight years, and the 2010 team earned the right to play in the NCAA national tournament as SLIAC tournament champions.
Ackerman has trained internationally with coaches and players from Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, and Mexico. Coaching at every level from elementary to college, as well as both girls and boys, has given him valuable experience.
Ackerman coached boys club level volleyball for St. Louis CYC for several years and won numerous regional championships. As a player, he played four years at Greenville College while it was a club sport, and the team won the conference title during his senior season. Ackerman also played open level club volleyball in the gateway region and on teams in adult nationals.