Cameron Sitler recently completed his fifth season as an assistant coach for HBU’s indoor volleyball program. He was named the head coach for the Huskies’ beach volleyball program following the 2018 season, after two years as associate head coach and one as assistant coach.
This season, the Huskies made their seventh-straight Southland Conference Tournament appearance since joining the league in 2013, posting a 17-15 overall record and earning the six seed with a 9-7 conference showing. Junior outside hitter Mikayla Vivens earned her second-straight all-conference honor. In 2018, HBU finished the season with a 16-16 overall record and tied for fifth in the league with an 8-8 mark. Vivens earned first-team all-conference and all-tournament team honors, while senior middle blocker Kayla Davenport earned Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-American recognition.
HBU went 21-10 and made its best showing in the Southland Conference by tying for third with an 11-5 mark in 2017. The Huskies kept their streak of Southland Conference Tournament appearances in tact at five in five seasons of Southland play, advancing to the semifinals. Senior outside hitters Jessica Wooten and Bailey Banks, who became the third and fourth members of HBU’s 1,000-kill, 1,000 dig club, respectively, earned All-Southland First Team honors and Academic All-Southland First Team honors. Senior middle blocker Blair Gillard earned second team all-conference honors and finished as the Southland’s all-time leader in block assists.
The Huskies posted an 18-15 record in 2016 and advanced to the Southland Conference Tournament after tying for fifth. The Huskies claimed tournament titles when they hosted the Barcelona Labor Day Classic, then went across town and won the Flo Hyman Collegiate Classic at the University of Houston. Banks and Kayla Armer were first-team all-conference selections, Gillard broke the SLC rally-scoring record for total blocks and was a second-team pick, while Ashlee Vann earned honorable mention. Banks, Armer and Gillard were each named to the academic all-conference team as well.
In 2015, the Huskies had a 17-17 overall record. HBU, which finished conference play with a 7-9 record, posted a runner-up finish as the sixth seed in the Southland Conference Tournament. At the end of the season, Huskies Allison Doerpinghaus and Jessica Wooten were named second team All-SLC, while Armer and Banks garnered honorable mention. Banks was also named SLC Newcomer of the Year. Wooten and Gillard were named to the SLC All-Tournament Team.
Academically, Armer and Doerpinghaus were named Academic All-SLC first team, while Doerpinghaus was named a CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 First Team and CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team selection, to pick up the first female academic all-America honor for the HBU athletic department since making the transition to NCAA Division I play in 2007.
On the beach side, Sitler has guided the Huskies to back-to-back Southland Showcase titles ahead of the league’s first official championship in the spring of 2020. In 2018, the Huskies’ number one pair of Aeriel Horton and Jessica Wooten and the number two combo of Kayla Armer and Tori Hinojosa each qualified for the USA Volleyball Beach Championships, with Horton and Wooten advancing to bracket play.
Sitler joined the Huskies after serving as an assistant coach at Texas-Pan American from 2010-2014. He also served as High Performance Coach and developed the Sting Sand Volleyball Program in 2014. He had been a club coach and tier trainer for the Rio Grande Valley Juniors since 2011 and served on the 2011 Junior Olympic staff.
As an indoor volleyball player, Sitler began his career at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, before playing three seasons at King College in Bristol, Tennessee. During his collegiate career, he coached club programs in both Wichita and Bristol, in addition to the Houston area during the summers.
A native of Pearland, Texas, Sitler graduated from King College with a bachelor’s degree in technical communication and political science in 2010. He received a Master of Arts in communication from UTPA in 2014.
Molly Howard is in her first season as assistant volleyball coach at HBU.
Howard comes to Houston after one season season as assistant coach at Tarleton State. The Texans posted a 22-11 record last year, advancing to the championship match of the Lone Star Conference Championship and earning a berth in the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament.
Prior to Tarleton, Howard was a graduate assistant coach for her alma mater, Harding University, in Searcy, Arkansas. The Lady Bisons went 53-14 in those two seasons, including a 28-4 mark in Great American Conference play. Harding earned the No. 8 seed in the 2018 Central Regional Tournament, stunning top-seeded Nebraska-Kearney in the opening round.
Howard was a four-year letterwinner, three-year starter and two-time captain at Howard. She was a two-time All-GAC First Team selection, leading the team in kills as a senior and finishing with more than 800 kills and 200 blocks for her career.
The Marianna, Arkansas, native graduated from Lee High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Harding in 2016 and is nearing completion of her Master’s degree in excellence in teaching from Harding.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Jerry Aldridge is in his eighth season as the volunteer assistant coach with HBU volleyball.
The Huskies have advanced to the Southland Conference Tournament in each of their five seasons in the league, with HBU making its best showing by tying for third in 2017.
Aldridge brings more than 25 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, Arkansas, 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.