Millicent Van Norden, Director of Volleyball
Van Norden's Camp Experience:
Millicent Van Norden has instructed in camps across the country for well over a decade. The experiences stem from being a part of the USA Volleyball High Performance and Collegiate National Team training programs to being the camp coordinator for my own programs including the University of Pittsburgh where I served as the assistant coach. Coaching in camps with Wake Forest, Clemson, UNC-W, University of South Carolina, NC State, and conducting satellite camps for different hight school program allows for a broad based perspective on hosting a high quality event. Now that we are establishing the New Orleans Volleyball way, I am happy to share my experience with participants.
Van Norden's Coaching Experience:
2015 LSWA's Coach of the Year and finishing the season with a 5th place seed entering the Southland Conference Tournament New Orleans Volleyball has soared to new heights this year. Wrapping up her second indoor season with New Orleans Volleyball a complete turn around including an overall record of 19-16. Van Norden came back down South from her most recent stint as head coach at Maryland-Eastern Shore, and brings 13 years of experience to New Orleans with 13 of those coming as a head coach. In that span, Van Norden registered a record of 179-227. The LaPlace, La. native started her career at her alma mater Alcorn State where she won 57 games in her first two seasons, and led the Braves to back-to-back SWAC Eastern Division titles.
From there, Van Norden toured the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for four different head coaching stops and won the league’s Coach of the Year award twice. Van Norden’s first job in the MEAC was at North Carolina A&T where she compiled a 23-7 record in conference play from 2005-07. Van Norden won her first Coach of the Year honor in ’05.
Van Norden then went to South Carolina State and spent four seasons at the helm. While with the Bulldogs, she transformed the program for an 8-23 overall and a 1-7 team in conference play to a conference championship squad in 2010 that included a NCAA tournament appearance. It was with South Carolina State that she won her second MEAC Coach of the Year honor.
Her next stop was a one-year tour at Coppin State in 2011. Van Norden then moved into an assistant’s role for the 2012 season at the University of Pittsburgh. While there, the Panthers had a mark of 17-14 and fell in the Big East Tournament Quarterfinal.
Van Norden earned letters at Alcorn State in volleyball and track and field. On the volleyball court, she was a two-time All-SWAC selection and was named the pre-season volleyball SWAC Player of the Year in 2000. On the track, Van Norden was a USA Track and Field Indoor National Participant and a provisional qualifier in the long jump and the 100-meter hurdles in that same year. She currently owns the school and SWAC record in the heptathlon with 5,071 points.
Amy Grabiec, 1st Assistant Indoor & Beach Volleyball Coach
University of New Orleans
Amy Grabiec began with the University of New Orleans as a volunteer Beach coach Spring 2017 and accepted a full-time position following the conclusion of the beach season. This is her first season as the Assistant Indoor and Beach coach.
In her rookie season at Tulane, Grabiec helped the Green Wave to their best year to date in Tulane's short four-year history with an 18-10 overall record and a No. 19 national ranking, according to the final DiG Poll, and the Green Wave notched their third straight winning season.
Grabiec joined the Green Wave family following club coaching stints with the East Valley Junior Volleyball Club and High Performance Arizona in 2014 and 2015 as well as a summer playing for the USA U26 National Sand Volleyball-Elite 10 in 2014 and the Arizona Region of the Premier Volleyball League the last two years.
With East Valley in 2015, Grabiec worked as the head coach with both male and female athletes aged 12-18 and helped prepare to compete in four local and two national tournaments. As an assistant with the team in 2014, she worked as a positional strength coach and implemented day-to-day practice drills. She was also a performance intern with Athletes' Performance in 2013, the head coach of the Spirit Volleyball Club 14s for the 2011-12 season and worked the Cleveland State Volleyball Camp from 2008-12.
After completing her degree, Grabiec moved on to the University of Louisiana at Monroe for the 2012-13 academic year where she was a member of the Warhawks' inaugural sand volleyball program. That year, ULM posted a 7-4 regular-season mark and earned a spot in the AVCA Collegiate National Championship. Primarily playing with the No. 2 pairs team, Grabiec tallied a 12-12 overall record and participated in the AVCA Championship pairs tournament.
As an undergrad, Grabiec starred from 2008-11 at Cleveland State where she posted 1,481 digs, 155 assists, 99 service aces and 10 digs in 425 sets of work with the Vikings. Her career digs total ranks second in school history, while her 545 as a junior and 447 as a senior sit second and ninth in single-season history, respectively. She helped lead Cleveland State to a combined 81-42 record, including a 26-8 mark in 2008 when the Vikings won the Horizon League regular-season title.
A four-year prep letterwinner at St. Joseph's Academy, Grabiec was a two-time all-district selection. As a senior, she claimed first-team all-district honor while setting school records with 516 digs and 47 aces, and also holds single-match records of 45 digs and eight aces. The starting libero each of her final two high school seasons, Grabiec was twice named to the all-academic team.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Grabiec earned her bachelor's degree in health science and psychology from Cleveland State in May 2012 and completed her master's degree in exercise science from ULM in May 2013. She claimed Dean's List recognition all four semesters as an undergrad and was earned the John Konstantinos Athletic Academic Honors each spring from 2009-12.
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