KRISTY BAYER | HEAD COACH
Wherever Kristy Bayer goes, success soon follows.
From her time as a player at Grand Valley State University, to her time as an assistant volleyball coach at Emporia State and Grand Valley while earning her master's degree, through her current status as the Arkansas Tech Volleyball Head Coach while pursuing her doctorate in higher education from the University of Memphis, and being a mother, Bayer has been associated with success.
Bayer, who is entering her 13th season at Tech in 2016, guided the Golden Suns to the Gulf South Conference Tournament during her inaugural campaign with the Golden Suns in 2004 and then in 2005, she led Tech to a 25-12 record and a 9-5 mark in the GSC West Division and a second straight berth in the GSC Tournament. In her third season in 2006, she led Tech to a 20-16 overall record and in 2007, she helped guide Tech to a 22-13 overall record and a berth in the GSC Tournament. In 2008, Bayer led Tech to a 31-5 overall record and its fourth GSC West Division title since joining the league in 1996. In 2009, Bayer led Tech to a 24-13 overall record and its third straight berth in the GSC Tournament and in 2010, helped lead Tech to its second GSC West Division title in the last three seasons and a win in the GSC Tournament for the first time since 2002. Tech finished the 2010 season with a 31-5 overall record and an 11-1 mark in GSC West Division play. Her 2011 squad finished with a 35-4 record and a 16-0 mark in the GAC as the Golden Suns took home both a regular season and GAC Tournament title en route to advancing to the NCAA D-II South Central Regional for the second time in school history. The Golden Suns finished with a 27-10 overall record and an 11-3 conference record and runner-ups in the GAC Tournament for the 2012 season. In 2013, the squad finished with a 25-12 overall record and a 9-5 conference record. The Golden Suns won the conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the third time in school history. The Golden Suns repeated that effort in 2014, posting a 29-6 overall record including a 13-1 mark in GAC play, once again winning the GAC tournament and advancing to the NCAA Regionals for the third time in four years. Bayer and the Golden Suns compiled a record of 26-7 in 2015, including her 300th victory, to claim their third GAC regular-season title in five years.
In her twelve years at Tech, Bayer, who was named the 2008 GSC West Division Coach of the Year and earned GAC Coach of the Year honors in 2011, 2014 and 2015, has compiled a 308-123 overall record and is the all-time winningest volleyball coach at Tech in terms of wins.
Prior to her time at Arkansas Tech, Bayer spent one year as an assistant coach at Emporia State (Kan.). Bayer then went on to be an assistant volleyball coach at her alma mater, Grand Valley State University (Mich.), in 2002 and 2003. With her on the staff, Grand Valley State posted back-to-back 30-win seasons, advanced to the NCAA Division II Final Four both seasons and finished in the top five of the final American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division II top 25 poll both seasons. She also has five years of experience coaching the Far Out club team in Michigan.
Before becoming a coach, Bayer lettered and started for four seasons as a setter at Grand Valley State University from 1997-00. As a player, she was a two-time All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and two-time All-Great Lakes Region selection. In addition, as a senior, she was Second-Team NCAA All-American, a Third-Team Asics All-American the same year and a Daktronics All-Region pick. She holds the GVSU career assists record (5,441) and single-match assist mark (74) and is first on the GLIAC's career-assist record holder (5,441) and stands 28th on the NCAA Division II all-time assists chart. In addition, she was inducted into the Grand Valley State Athletic Hall of Fame in October, 2007.
Bayer is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association and the NACWAA, NACDA, AVCA, and USTA. She is a B2E Campus Mentor and a member of the Gender Equity Committee on campus. She is currently involved in the following committees: AVCA Head Coaches Committee, NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship Committee (South Region), Chair of the GAC VB Coaches, GAC Tennis Liaison, AVCA Coaches Poll Committee, the AVCA Mentor Program, the AVCA Regional Poll Committee, the ATU Drug & Alcohol Task Force, the GAC Long-Range Planning Committee, the Institutional Aid Committe and the NCAA Division II Softball Committe. She serves as an ambassador for the Tech Faculty-Staff Giving Campaign while also serving as chair of the GAC's Senior Woman Administrators. She has previously been involved with the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, NACWAA Mentor Program, the NACWAA Membership Committee, the ATU International Women's Week Committee, NCAA Volleyball Rules Committee, NCAA Men's South Region Tennis Ranking Committee, NCAA Women's South Region Tennis Ranking Committee, GSC Tennis Liaison 2006-2011, NACWAA Membership Committee, NACWAA/NCAA Leadership institute graduate NCAA Women's Tennis South Central Region Ranking Committee, NACWAA Awards Committee, the AVCA New Attendee Committee, and the ATU Hazing Prevention Task Force.
Bayer is the co-founder and club director of Suns Volleyball Club. She was named to the "Future 40" by the Russellville Courier.
Bayer, a native of Jackson, Michigan, is also the Assistant Athletic Director and Senior Women's Administrator and is married to former Wonder Boys football player B.J. Bayer. The couple resides in Russellville and are the proud parents of a son, Brooks, and a daughter, Sloane.
EMILY TODD | STUDENT ASSISTANT
Emily Todd was a two year standout for the Arkansas Tech University Golden Suns. She transferred from DI University of Colorado after her sophomore year. At Arkansas Tech University, she was a two time First Team All-Conference outside hitter, earning New Comer of the Year in her first season. She was named captain of the 2014 squad. During her two seasons at Arkansas Tech University, she led the team to two conference championships and two NCAA appearances. Todd graduated Magna Cum Laude from Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education. Todd is currently a graduate assistant coach with the Arkansas Tech University Volleyball Program.
Todd has coached three years with the Suns Volleyball Club. She has also conducted many camps within the state of Arkansas, and she has worked one-on-one with many local players.
ASHELY JACKSON | RUSSELLVILLE HIGH SCHOOL HEAD COACH
Jackson (formerly Camp) has been tabbed to lead the Russellville High School Volleyball Program. Jackson concluded a successful stint at Beebe High School where she lead the volleyball program for the last five years. During the 2014 and 2015 seasons, her Beebe squad took first in the 5A Central Conference, and Jackson was named Coach of the Year. Under Jackson, the Lady Badgers competed in the State play offs for the past three years and made it to the quarter finals the past two. Jackson has coached within the Fatchmo Volleyball Club and Conway Juniors.
Jackson was a four year libero/defensive specialist for the Arkansas Tech University Golden Suns Volleyball Team. She graduated from Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education.
Jackson hails from Conway, AR where she was a standout player.
e state of Arkansas, and she has worked one-on-one with many local players.
Katie Huff | Graduate Assistant Coach
Katie Huff was a four year starter for the Arkansas Tech University Volleyball program and a contributor to two regular season championships, two GAC Tournament championships and two NCAA appearances. In 2015 she was named captain of the squad and earned GAC All Conference honors as well as 2015 Arkansas Tech Female Student Athlete of the Year. Huff graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education.
Huff currently serves as a Graduate Assistant Coach at Arkansas Tech University. She has coached with the Suns Volleyball Club for five years and has helped with many of our camps in the past.