Mooney joins Jackrabbit volleyball staff
South Dakota State head volleyball coach Phil McDaniel announced the addition of Angela Mooney to the Jackrabbit volleyball staff on Wednesday. Mooney joins the Jackrabbits after nine seasons as an assistant at UTEP in El Paso, Texas, where she played an instrumental role for the Miners in recruiting, training middle blockers and organizing UTEP volleyball camps.
“Bringing Angela on staff is certainly a positive for the program, she’s brings great coaching experience, great club experience and certainly a great playing career in college,” said. “She had a great interview here, the players seemed to really enjoy meeting her, and I think she’ll help us take that next step forward as a program.”
In her nine years on the bench at UTEP, Mooney played a pivotal role in helping the Miners defense into one of the best blocking teams in the nation, leading the team to three straight seasons with a top-80 national ranking for blocks per set, and she looks forward to making an impact on the Jacks.
“I’m excited to join the Jackrabbit family and the Brookings community, and I look forward to this next chapter in my career,” Mooney said. “Justin Sell places a huge investment and importance on the volleyball program, and with that in place, great things are sure to come for SDSU volleyball's future and I'm thrilled that I can be a part of that greatness.”
Nationally unranked in blocks per set before her arrival, Mooney guided the Miners to a national ranking of 28th in blocks per set in 2009, and coached a trio of nationally ranked blockers in 2010, including an AVCA All-Midwest Region Honorable Mention selection.
A Lubbock, Texas native, Mooney brings extensive coaching experience at the club level. She coached for the Texas Power Volleyball Club from 2001-04. In her inaugural season as head coach, Texas Power won the Sun Country Regional Championship, qualifying for the 2004 Junior Olympic National Tournament. She also served as an assistant for Texas Power the previous three years, helping the team make appearances at the AAU national tournament in 2001 and the National Invitational in 2002.
In 2005, Mooney teamed with the El Paso Sunspots Volleyball Club as the head coach of their top 18's team. The Sunspots' 18-Heat won the Sun Country Regional Championship, qualifying for the 2005 Junior Olympic National Tournament.
In 2009, Mooney captured her fourth regional championship in five years as head coach of the Sunspots 18's, and again returned to the Junior Olympic National Tournament held in Miami, Fla. She also served as the co-head coach of the 2007 Sun Country High Performance team that competed in Ft Lauderdale, Fla.
A 2004 graduate of Texas Tech with a degree in human development and family studies, Mooney joined the coaching ranks after a prolific volleyball career with the Red Raiders from 2000-03. She recorded 930 kills, 348 digs and 229 blocks in her career, and still holds a number of hitting and blocking records. She also earned Academic All-Big 12 honors in 2003.
Mooney and her husband, David Herman, welcomed their first child, Jacob Herman in June 2011.
Mooney, who begins her duties on July 16, replaces Kristin Belzung, who accepted a position at the University of Wyoming.