July 5, 2016
By Russell Dorn
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Tucker Bitting, a highly-accomplished club and high school coach in the Indianapolis area, has joined the University of Notre Dame coaching staff as its volunteer assistant coach, two-time national championship winning head coach Jim McLaughlin announced recently.
“I grew up in northern Indiana and it was evident very early on that Notre Dame would be a place that would not only provide me the opportunity to learn but a place that I could help them get to where they want to be, which is winning titles,” said Bitting.
“If you’re in the volleyball community, you know the impact that Jim (McLaughlin) has had. He’s one of the top coaches in the country and has been for years. He’s got experience, knowledge of the game and professionalism. His ability to converse is great. He’s very passionate about things he cares about and he speaks with conviction. I’m incredibly excited to be able to work under him.”
Bitting, a 2011 Ball State graduate, comes to Notre Dame from the Indianapolis area, where he was a girls volleyball coach for the Asics Munciana Volleyball Club. With Asics Munciana, he led his squads to a 186-34 (.845%) record over three years of coaching. He improved his record each year, finishing 2015 with a 67-8 record with the 16U Cardinals.
With the Cardinals, he coached the team to the 2015 AAU 16 Club National Championship and picked up wins at the JVA World Challenge, Bluegrass national qualifier and Lakeshore Volleyfest.
“When Tucker walked in the room for his interview he immediately increased the energy level. He’s one of those people that can do that. He’s very positive and has a great vibe about him,” said McLaughlin. “He has a good process of working with people, which is important in coaching. I feel like he can help our program. He has deep roots in the area and will be able to give us some quality feedback when we are recruiting the region.”
Bitting previously coached alongside Wes Lyon to help guide the 14U squad to a fifth-place finish at the 2014 AAU National tournament, as well as assisting Phil Leswing and the 13U team to an 11th-place showing at the 2013 AAU National tournament.
In addition to duties with the Asics Munciana organization, Bitting also has experience with high school coaching, serving as an assistant at Carmel High School in 2015 and at Daleville Community Schools in Daleville, Indiana from 2010-13.
Bitting graduated from Ball State in 2011 with a Bachelor of General Studies with minors in coaching and psychology. While at Ball State he served as a student assistant volleyball coach for the men’s squad during the 2011 season.
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Russell Dorn, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2011 and coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame volleyball, rowing and baseball programs. A native of Greenwood, South Carolina, Dorn graduated from Furman University in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in history before earning his master’s degree in sports communications from Georgia State University in 2011.