HBU Volleyball Camps
Meet the Staff
Entering his fifth season at the helm of the Huskies, Herman has HBU coming off a 17-17 overall record and a runner-up finish in the Southland Conference Tournament, the program’s third season as a member of the league. In 2015, he led HBU to the SLC Tournament for the third consecutive year. Jessica Wooten and Allison Doerpinghaus were names second team all-conference. Kayla Armer and Bailey Banks were also earned honorable mention with Banks picking up the Newcomer of the Year.
In 2014, he led HBU to a second consecutive sixth-place regular season finish and berth in the SLC Tournament, as Jessica Wooten was named first team all-conference and Allison Doerpinghaus was tabbed the league’s Newcomer of the Year. Setter Kayla Armer also earned honorable mention.
In 2013, Herman led the Huskies into their first season as a member of the Southland, going 14-17 overall and 9-9 in league play. HBU earned the sixth seed in the conference tournament and upset third-seeded Oral Roberts, before falling in the semifinals. Senior middle blockers Caiti Wenger and Madeline Gaffney each earned all-conference recognition, with Wenger making the first team and Gaffney claiming honorable mention.
Herman set the bar high in his first season with the Huskies in 2012, leading them to a 20-11 record and a share of the Great West Conference regular-season title. He was named GWC Co-Coach of the Year, landing four players on the all-conference teams, including three first-team selections, and GWC Player and Setter of the Year in Victoria Weatherly.
Prior to HBU, Herman spent two years as head coach at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. In 2011, the Lady Celts posted a 19-17 overall record and finished fourth in their first season of Red River Athletic Conference competition. During his first season, UST set the school record with 24 wins and captured its third-straight Association of Independent Institutions Conference Championship. At the conclusion of the regular season, Herman was named coach of the year, four players were named to the all-conference team, including player of the year Casey Mulryan, who was also an all-region selection and honorable mention all-American.
Prior to UST, Herman spent three years as the technical director and coach at Absolute Volleyball Academy in League City, Texas, where his 18’s team won the Club National Championship in 2009, his 17’s team finished ninth in the Open National Championship in 2010 and fifth at the Club National Championship in 2011.
Herman was an assistant coach at Rice University from 2005-09, helping the Owls to an NCAA Tournament berth during the 2008 season. During his time at Rice, he coached four honorable mention all-Americans, six all-Region, 10 all-conference and five academic all-district selections.
Before coming to the Houston area, Herman was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Iowa State University from 2001-2005. The Cyclones’ 2004 recruiting class ranked among the top 30 nationally and the 2003 squad posted the program’s best finish in eight years. While at ISU, the team had 21 academic all-Big 12 and one academic all-America selection.
Herman, who earned his bachelor’s degree at Fort Hays State in 1999, began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Southwest State University in Marshall, Minnesota, where he was also the junior varsity head coach. The team posted two 20-win seasons and finished among the top three in the conference, with six all-conference performers. While at Southwest State, he also coach at Southwest Minnesota Juniors Volleyball Club.
Herman and his wife, Lee-Anne, reside in Kingwood and have a son, Treydon.
Cameron Sitler enters his second season as an assistant coach for HBU's indoor and beach volleyball programs.
Sitler was the assistant coach at Texas-Pan American for the past five seasons developed the Sting Sand Volleyball Program. He had also been a club coach and tier trainer for Rio Grande Valley Juniors since 2011.
As a player, Sitler began his career at Newman College in Wichita, Kan., before playing three seasons at King College in Bristol, Tenn. During his collegiate career, he coached club programs in Bristol and Wichita and in the Houston area during the summers.
A Pearland, Texas, native, Sitler graduated from King College with a bachelor's degree in technical communication and political science in 2010. He also received his Master's degree in communication from UTPA in 2014.
HBU's Beach volleyball program finished its first official NCAA Division season in the spring of 2016.
Lauren Ramatowski enters her first season as an assistant coach for HBU's indoor volleyball team.
Ramatowski comes to HBU after serving as the head coach at St. Teresa’s Academy in Kansas City. At HBU, she will work with all positions, while also assisting with recruiting, team travel and equipment.
In her one season at St. Teresa’s, Ramatowski led the Stars to a second place finish in the Class 4A Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA). A Missouri 4A High School Volleyball Coach of the Year nominee, she earned Kansas City Missouri Region Coach of the Year honors and served as head coach of the Missouri All-Star Team, coaching the squad to a win over the Kansas All-Star Team in the annual Missouri-Kansas All-Star matchup. Ramatowski coached four athletes to all-district honors, including two first-team all-region and one first-team all-state selection.
Ramatowski also has experience at the club level, serving as head coach of the Mid-America Volleyball Club, leading the 14-1 Team to a 14th place finish in the Open Division at the USA Volleyball Nationals in 2015. Just prior to heading to HBU, Ramatowski’s 2016 MAVS 14-1 team was ranked No. 1 in the country for their age division.
Prior to working with the MAVS, Ramatowski served as an assistant coach at the former UT Pan American, now called UT Rio Grande Valley, in 2014. There, she oversaw the development of Broncos’ liberos and outside hitters, also coordinating recruiting and organizing summer youth camps.
Ramatowski served as a graduate assistant at Truman State for two seasons, while also leading as camp coordinator for the Gold Medal Squared satellite camp organization.
Ramatowski was a four-year letterwinner at libero at Kansas State from 2007-2010. She holds the record for most digs in a five-set match (41), ranking second all-time in career digs (1,755) and second in most sets played (464), holding the mark for most sets played by a freshman (119) and sophomore (123).
With the Wildcats, she earned first team Academic All-Big 12 honors three times, CoSIDA Academic All-District honors as a senior and helped the program to two NCAA Volleyball Championship appearances.
Ramatowski graduated from K-State in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing, earning a Master of Arts in Leadership and Sports Administration at Truman State in 2012.
Ramatowski and her husband, JC Ramatowski, reside in Houston with their two dogs, Jack and Tucker.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Jerry Aldridge is in his fourth season as volunteer assistant coach with HBU volleyball.
Aldridge brings more than 20 years of international playing and coaching experience to the Huskies’ program. He began his volleyball career while serving in the United States Air Force, becoming a top national middle blocker recruit, before leaving the military after receiving a scholarship to play at Brigham Young.
Prior to serving as assistant coach under HBU head coach Trent Herman at St. Thomas, Aldridge was the head coach at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Ark., and spent nearly 12 years serving as director and coach for the Delta Juniors and Little Rock Juniors Volleyball Clubs. He currently serves as a master trainer and coach with the Texas Tornados in Houston.
He and his wife Shannon, reside in Lake Jackson and have two daughters, Shaylee and Peyton, and a son, Colt.
Other coaches at camp will include former and current members of the HBU Volleyball Team and college coaches from around the area.