BOONE – Appalachian State University volleyball head coach Matt Ginipro announced the hiring of Taylor Sherwin as an assistant coach on Friday.
“I’m very happy to add Taylor to our staff,” said Ginipro. “Her playing and coaching experience will be an excellent addition to our team. She was a setter in the toughest league in the country and led Ohio State to a Sweet 16 appearance her senior year, so she knows what it takes to succeed at a high level as a player. This past year, she was on the bench of a program that made it to the national semifinals and got to learn from a head coach who has won two Olympic medals.”
Ginipro continued, “I know our players are going to love being coached by someone with Taylor’s background and can’t wait to get her in the gym with the team this August for preseason.”
“I am extremely excited to join the App State volleyball family and I want to thank Matt, Chad and the team for this great opportunity,” said Sherwin. “This group is a hard working program that has a clear vision of where they want to be and I can’t wait to join them in this journey.”
Before coming to the High Country, Sherwin spent the past season as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Minnesota. With Sherwin on staff, the Golden Gophers finished the 2015 campaign with a 30-5 overall record, including a nearly-perfect 18-2 mark in Big Ten Conference play. Minnesota made it all the way to the National Semifinal where they dropped a four-set match to the eventual National Runner-Up Texas Longhorns.
In her time at Minnesota, Sherwin had the ability to learn under the Golden Gophers’ head coach Hugh McCutcheon, a former head coach of the United States men’s national volleyball team and the United States women’s volleyball team. In the 2008 Olympics, McCutcheon led the men’s national team to a gold medal, defeating Brazil. At the 2012 Olympics, McCutcheon led the women’s team to a silver medal, losing in four sets to Brazil.
Prior to her arrival in Minneapolis, Sherwin completed a four-year playing career at Ohio State University. In her final year with the Buckeyes, Sherwin was a 2014 AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) All-America honorable mention after a Sweet 16 NCAA run. As an All-Big Ten honorable mention, Sherwin averaged 10.96 assists per set in conference play, which ranked fourth in the Big Ten.
During her senior campaign, she racked up 1,375 assists (12th-most all-time at OSU). The setter was selected as the Big Ten Setter of the Week twice in 2014 and four times in her career. Her 3,624 career assists rank fifth all-time at Ohio State. During her time in Columbus, Sherwin was a three-time captain and most valuable player.
Sherwin began her coaching career immediately after with Mintonette Sports in 2015. She led and coached the 18-1s club team, where she coordinated the team’s training, team travel and implemented practice plans.
Sherwin graduated from Ohio State in 2015 with a degree in speech and hearing communications.