March 11, 2014
MADISON, Wis. – Brittany Dildine, an assistant coach with the University of Wisconsin volleyball program, was recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as a member of its Thirty Under 30 award winners for 2014. The award honors 30 of the up-and-coming volleyball coaches under 30 years old in the sport at all levels of the game.
“I’m happy for the recognition for Britt,” head coach Kelly Sheffield said. “She works very hard and is very valuable to this program and to me. Britt is crucial to a lot of different things that we do at Wisconsin – she has an active teaching voice in the gym and players get better when she works with them. She is also very good at developing relationships, which is a key to recruiting.”
In her first year on the Badger bench, Dildine mentored the back-row defenders to a Big Ten Conference-leading 15.82 digs per set in 2013. Wisconsin’s defense was a key to its run to a NCAA runner up finish as UW averaged 17.00 digs per set in tournament play.
Individually, senior Annemarie Hickey ranked sixth in the Big Ten with 3.95 digs per set on the season and 5.14 digs per set in NCAA tournament play. Hickey was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 21 while sophomore Taylor Morey was named to the North Dakota State Classic All-Tournament team.
Dildine came to Wisconsin after four years as an assistant coach under Sheffield at Dayton. In her four seasons with the Flyers, she aided Dayton 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.
During her tenure, Dayton 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.
Former Badger Amanda Berkley (2004-07) was also named to the list. The Racine, Wis., native is currently the head coach at Southern Mississippi.