Tyler Kanelos begins his second season as the UAFS Volleyball assistant coach.
Kanelos, a native of Harrisburg, Penn., was previously an assistant coach at NCAA Division II West Florida and prior to that was an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Lock Haven.
This past season, Kanelos' work with opponent scouting and the UAFS blocking scheme helped lead the Lions to a 24-6 record, a 5th consecutive Heartland Conference Regular Season Championship and a 3rd consecutive Heartland Conference Tournament Championship.
2016 was another year filled with awards and accolades for the Lady Lions, as they led the Heartland Conference in Hitting Percentage, Blocks and Digs Per Set on the way to a perfect 14-0 conference record. UAFS was once again one of the top defensive teams in the country, leading all of NCAA DII in Digs Per Set while also finishing 22nd in Opponent Hitting Percentage and 28th in Blocks Per Set.
Individually, four Lady Lions were named to the All Heartland Conference Team, while the team won the conference's Freshman of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, and overall Player of the Year awards. Seniors Kennedi Coleman and Emily Tripp were both named All Region and All American.
Tripp led all of NCAA DII in Digs Per Set and Total Digs while posting the 2nd highest Digs Per Set total in the history of NCAA DII.
While at West Florida in 2015, Kanelos headed the UWF blocking scheme which helped propel the Argonauts to a 28-7 record and a 10th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The Argonauts defense led the GSC in blocks per set and opponent hitting percentage. Kanelos also trained two AVCA All Americans in Autumn Duyn and Kathryn Torre.
At Lock Haven, Kanelos was the head of opponent scouting and helped lead the Bald Eagles to Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division Championships in two of his three seasons.
Overall, Lock Haven compiled a 67-36 record during his time with the program, reaching the 20-win mark in each of Kanelos' three seasons. With his assistance, Lock Haven reached the NCAA tournament in 2012, a season in which he coached four AVCA All-Atlantic Region athletes and five All PSAC athletes, including both the PSAC Athlete of the Year and PSAC Defensive Athlete of the Year.
Kanelos played an integral role in the training of Gao Xuan, a four-time AVCA All-American and All-Atlantic Region athlete and the only volleyball player in the history of the PSAC to win the conference's Player of the Year award in four consecutive seasons.