Women's Volleyball

Ryan Theis

Hometown:
Madison, Wis.

Position:
Head Coach

Experience:
First Year

Alma Mater:
Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2000)

Ryan Theis

02/19/2014

Ryan Theis: One-on-One

Theis is Marquette's fifth head women's volleyball coach

07/18/2014

Marquette Volleyball Preseason Update With Ryan Theis

GoMarquette.com's summer interview series continues with an update from first-year Marquette volleyball coach Ryan Theis.

02/19/2014

One-on-one with Marquette Volleyball Coach Ryan Theis

GoMarquette.com goes one-on-one with new Marquette volleyball coach Ryan Theis.

Ryan Theis was named the fifth head women's volleyball coach in Marquette University history on Feb. 14, 2014.

Theis (pronounced: TICE), a 2000 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee graduate, returns to Milwaukee after a six-year tenure at Ohio University, where he led the squad to a record of 144-54 (.727). That mark places him third in the history of the Mid-American Conference and 18th among all active NCAA Division I head coaches.

Under his leadership, the Bobcats made four NCAA Championship appearances, including a pair of trips to the second round (2009 and 2010), and claimed four MAC tournament championships. Both NCAA second round defeats came at the hands of seeded-hosts in pivotal fifth sets.

A two-time MAC Coach of the Year (2009 and 2013), Theis mentored three AVCA All-Americans during his tenure in Athens and helped 13 players earn all-conference accolades, including three conference player of the year selections.

Theis, a native of Madison, Wis., leaves Ohio tied with current Ohio State head coach Geoff Carlston, whom he replaced in 2008, for the most victories in Bobcats' history with 144. He compiled a 79-17 (.823) record in league action at Ohio while winning three regular season league titles (six East Division championships) and was a combined 28-4 over his final two conference campaigns.

Theis' Honors and Accomplishments
Conference Coach of the Year
2013 Mid-American Conference
2009 Mid-American Conference
Individual Awards/Honors
• 3 AVCA All-Americans (4 selections)
• 2 Conference Players of the Year (3 selections)
• 13 All-Conference (23 selections)
• 5 Regular Season Conference Championships
(4 Tournament Titles)
• 4 NCAA Championship Appearances

His 2013 team, which featured AVCA All-Americans Abby Gilleland and Kelly Lamberti, finished 27-6 overall, swept No. 8 Oregon and No. 21 Western Kentucky, and climbed as high as 18th in the AVCA Coaches' Poll. The Bobcats also ranked 23rd nationally in attendance in 2013 as an average of 1,719 fans packed the Convocation Center.

Theis also placed a great deal of emphasis on his student-athletes' success in the classroom as his squad's collective grade point average never dipped below a 3.28 during his final five years at Ohio and multiple players earned Academic All-MAC honors each season.

The team also achieved a top-10 APR score during the first four years of Theis' tenure and earned multiple AVCA Team Academic Awards.

Prior to his arrival in Athens, Theis accumulated eight years of NCAA Division I coaching experience at various stops. In addition to his coaching duties, he spent six of those years in the role of recruiting coordinator at three different institutions.

Theis spent two seasons at the University of Florida (2006-07) as offensive and recruiting coordinators. During his two seasons in Gainesville the Gators compiled an overall record of 59-6 (38-2 Southeastern Conference), won a pair of conference titles and advanced to the NCAA regional semifinals.

His first recruiting class at Florida, which comprised the Gators' freshman class in 2007, included two of the nation's top 30 high school players and rated among the 10 best classes in the country. Theis was also critical in the signing of the Gators' 2008 class, which featured four players in the national top 30, including the top overall recruit, and was named the nation's No. 1 class by PrepVolleyball.com.

He also helped teams at each of his previous assistant coaching stops - Northwestern, Indiana and Eastern Illinois - to NCAA tournament appearances.

Theis began his collegiate playing career at Milwaukee in 1996, but the program was discontinued after the season. He then served as head coach while playing for the UW-Milwaukee club team from 1997-00, and was a two-time All-Midwest 10 selection as a setter and a three-time team captain. In 1999-00, he also worked as a student assistant for the women's scholarship team while earning his bachelor's degree in kinesiology.

Theis and his wife, Jenny, have three sons, Carter, Caleb and Colby.

Theis' Head Coaching Record
Year School Record Pct. Conference Record Pct. Place Notes
2008 Ohio 24-8 .750 MAC 13-3 .813 1st (East) NCAA First Round
MAC Tournament Champions
2009 Ohio 27-7 .794 MAC 15-1 .938 1st (East) NCAA Second Round
MAC Tournament Champions
MAC Regular Season Champions
MAC Coach of the Year
2010 Ohio 22-13 .629 MAC 10-6 .625 1st (East) NCAA Second Round
MAC Tournament Champions
2011 Ohio 23-10 .697 MAC 13-3 .813 1st (East)
2012 Ohio 21-10 .677 MAC 14-2 .875 1st (East) MAC Regular Season Champions
2013 Ohio 27-6 .818 MAC 14-2 .875 1st (East) NCAA First Round
MAC Tournament Champions
MAC Regular Season Champions
MAC Coach of the Year
Overall 6 seasons 144-54 .727 79-17 .823

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