January 4, 2009





Mount Olive - Cole Tallman named head men's and women's volleyball coach.


MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - Cole Tallman, who has amassed more than 600 career coaching victories, has been named head men's and women's volleyball coach at Mount Olive, it was announced by Director of Athletics Jeff Eisen. Tallman who has coached at numerous levels, including NCAA Division I, has a career .692 winning percentage (660-294).


"We are excited to have Cole join our department," said Eisen. "He brings a wealth of experience and a history of success that should help our programs build on their past accomplishments."


Tallman spent six years as head women's volleyball coach at Furman, guiding the team to its first-ever Southern Conference championship, along with four runner-up finishes. Tallman coached two Southern Conference Player of the Year winners and his teams broke seven conference records. The Paladins averaged 26 wins per season under Tallman.


Tallman also coached at Gardner-Webb during the school's transition to Division I. He recruited the school's first Atlantic Sun All-Freshman team member and his teams set 17 school records. Tallman also served as a volunteer assistant coach at Georgia, helping guide the team to two Southeastern Conference championships.


In addition to his Division I experience, Tallman helped lead St. Thomas (Minn.) to a national ranking in the NCAA Division III Top 25 in each of his four years at the school. St. Thomas won two Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles under Tallman, as well as four AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) Team Academic Awards.


Tallman spent the past four years at Division III Dubuque, where his teams set 15 school records. He coached four All-Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference players and his teams won two AVCA Team Academic Awards.


Tallman has a bit of a connection with Conference Carolinas. He coached at current conference member Anderson when the school was still a two-year college.


Tallman will retain James Goodridge as assistant coach. Goodridge, who was hired as an assistant coach last summer, served as interim head coach during the fall after then-head coach Sasha Gutor's departure shortly before the start of the season. Goodridge guided the Trojan women's volleyball team to a 19-17 record and a runner-up finish in the Conference Carolinas Tournament.


"We're happy that James is staying on board," said Eisen. "He did an excellent job in the fall and helped the volleyball program continue to move forward. We're very appreciative of his efforts."


Mount Olive opens its 2009 men's volleyball season January 16-17 as the Trojans play host to the MOC Quad Match at Kornegay Arena. Mount Olive posted a 15-5 record last season, including the program's first-ever wins over a Division I opponent. The women's volleyball team conduct conditioning workouts and drills during the spring in preparation for the 2009 fall season.