Jan. 9, 2013
MADISON, Wis. – Head volleyball coach Kelly Sheffield has announced the hiring of Brittany Dildine as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin. Dildine, an assistant coach under Sheffield the last four years at Dayton, will join the Badger staff as the recruiting coordinator as well as on-court assistant.
“I couldn’t be more excited to bring Brittany with me here to Wisconsin,” said Sheffield. “She and I worked together for the past four years at Dayton. She is a great trainer in the gym and does a fantastic job of recruiting. Her passion for the game, her unbelievable work ethic, and how she relates to people absolutely set her apart. She is ready to hit the ground running.”
In her four seasons at Dayton, Dildine aided the Flyers to a 110-20 (.846) mark, including a 57-2 (.967) mark in Atlantic 10 Conference play. Dayton won four straight A-10 Conference titles and also advanced to four straight NCAA tournaments.
“I am thrilled for the opportunity presented by coach Sheffield and University of Wisconsin,” said Dildine. “I have been working with Kelly for nearly four years and I believe that he has the drive, knowledge, and leadership skills to win this school a Big Ten Conference title one day. I would not miss this journey for anything.
“The University of Wisconsin is a recruiting coordinator's dream. After visiting the area, it is very evident as to why Madison has been recognized as America's Best College Town. We will be able to attract some of the most talented young athletes in the country.”
Dildine, who coached the Flyers’ defensive specialists and passers, proved to be one of the top assistant coaches in the country after Dayton was named College Volleyball Update's Defensive Team of the Year in 2010. The Flyers led the Atlantic 10 in opponent hitting percentage and blocks in 2010 and 2011, as well as digs in 2010.
During her four seasons, Dayton has had five All-Americans, four conference players of the year and seven first-team all-conference honorees. Included in the list of award winners under Dildine’s tutelage were Amanda Cowdrey, a first-team all-conference honoree in 2010, who ranked fourth in the A-10 in digs per set during conference play. Paige Vargas earned second-team honors in 2011, ranking second in the league in digs per set, and Janna Krafka was named to the all-rookie team in 2012 after leading Dayton with 4.47 digs per set.
Dildine came to Dayton after serving as a volunteer assistant coach for her alma mater, Purdue, during the 2008 season. She began her coaching career with the Performance Point Volleyball Club and Harrison High School Volleyball Club that same year.
The Lafayette, Ind., native excelled in two sports as a student-athlete for the Boilermaker’s nationally ranked volleyball and women’s basketball programs. Dildine guided the volleyball team to two NCAA Regional appearances as a defensive specialist and helped the basketball team to an NCAA Elite Eight appearance in 2007.
“Much of my excitement is fueled by some great experiences against the Badgers in the past,” said Dildine. “When you are an athlete and you step on the court in the Field House, it is an experience that is hard to forget. It was always apparent that volleyball was important to the community and the institution.”
As a player, Dildine became the 10th Boilermaker in program history to reach 1,000 digs and finished her career ranked fifth in career digs with 1,243. Dildine also notched double-digit dig tallies 60 times in her career, including 20-or-more digs on eight occasions.
“Big Ten volleyball is arguably the toughest, most competitive conference in the country,” said Dildine. “Being a Big Ten athlete, I understand that the battles across the net come at you full steam ahead and I want it no other way. I have tremendous respect for the coaches in this conference and am honored to join such an elite group of professionals.”
In the classroom, she earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership and supervision in 2007 and a bachelor’s degree in health promotion in the spring of 2009. Dildine was one of three in her graduating class to earn the Outstanding Achievement Award.