KERA DUKIC | HEAD COACH
After a stellar playing career at Arkansas Tech where she earned all-conference and all-region honors, Kera Dukic returns to her alma mater to serve as head volleyball coach.
Under her tutelage, Whitney Battoe was named all-America and The Sun Conference Player of the Year. Three Bobcats were named to the all-conference first team, while her team matched its on-court success with academic success as seven players were named Academic All-Sun Conference.
Prior to her stint at St. Thomas, Dukic spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Central Region rival Central Oklahoma. During her three-year tenure at UCO, the Bronchos went a combined 89-14, with six players earning all-conference honors and one player earning All-America honors in her final season.
Dukic started her coaching career at Arkansas Tech as a graduate assistant under former head coach Kristy Bayer. During her three years on Bayer's staff, Dukic helped the Golden Suns go 87-26, winning two conference titles and advancing to two NCAA tournaments. Dukic earned two all-Gulf South Conference honors during her playing career and was named Daktronics Second Team All-Region as a senior. She was awarded the NCAA Division II Degree Completion Award in 2011.
As a standout setter at Arkansas Tech, Dukic was a part of two league championship teams. She finished her career with 2,693 career assists, ranking fifth all-time in program history.
CHRIS NOOK | Assistant Volleyball Coach / Recruiting Coordinator
Chris Nook joined Arkansas Tech in the fall of 2018 as the assistant women's volleyball coach.
Prior to Arkansas Tech, Nook spent three seasons at the University of Florida as the women's volleyball team's technical coordinator. In that role, he conducted statistical and video analysis, film breakdown and opponent scouting, and was the assistant camp director. During Nook's time at Florida, the Gators won back-to-back SEC conference championships and reached the NCAA Division I Finals in 2017.
Nook also spent one year as the director of volleyball operations at Marquette, after serving as a volunteer assistant coach for Florida Gulf Coast, Virginia Commonwealth and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has spent time with USA Volleyball as a technical coordinator, apprentice coach and assistant coach, and Nook has over nine years of experience coaching seven club volleyball teams.
Nook earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Law from Wisconsin-Milwaukee, before getting a Master of Business degree in Athletic Administration from Southern New Hampshire.
Emily Tripp | Graduate Assistant Coach
Emily Tripp joined ATU in the Fall of 2018 as the graduate assistant volleyball coach and is pursuing her masters degree from Arkansas Tech, graduated from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith with a Bachelor of Arts, where she was the starting libero for four years and team captain. She has experienced four conference tournaments, the NCAA Final Four, and the NCAA Elite Eight tournaments in her collegiate career.