Tim Horsmon returned as the head coach of the Flyer volleyball program on Dec. 18, 2013 and is entering his 10th overall season at UD in 2018. Horsmon spent six seasons at Maryland and previously had a very successful tenure at the helm of Dayton’s program (2003-07).
Over his nine seasons as head coach at Dayton, Horsmon has amassed a 238-65 overall record.
Following the 2017 season, senior Amber Erhahon was named the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and went on to garner AVCA All-America Honorable Mention accolades, the program's 14th player to earn national recognition. Horsmon also celebrated senior Jane Emmenecker's fourth A-10 Setter of the Year award as she became the first person to accomplish that feat in conference history.
Horsmon led the 2016 squad to its second 30-win season in three years, the program's second-consecutive 14-0 Atlantic 10 season and the Flyers once again won the A-10 Regular Season and Tournament titles. UD made the program's 12th appearance in the 2016 NCAA Tournament and the team headed into national post-season play ranked 23rd in the AVCA Top 25 poll. The team's final RPI came in at 33.
For the third-consecutive season, Horsmon was tabbed Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year and junior Jane Emmenecker claimed her third-consecutive Setter of the Year award in 2016. Sophomore Margo Wolf picked up Libero of the Year accolades and a total of seven players were honored on A-10 All Conference Teams.
In his second season back as the Flyer front man, Horsmon put together a 25-match winning streak after opening the season 0-4 in 2015. Dayton once again returned to the NCAA Tournament, and after dispatching Villanova in the First Round, UD squared off against Penn State, falling 3-1 to the host Nittany Lions.
Dayton repeated as both the A-10 Regular Season and Tournament Champions in 2015. Additionally, Flyers earned four of the five major conference awards in senior Alaina Turner as Player of the Year, senior Janna Krafka as Libero of the Year, sophomore Jane Emmenecker as Setter of the Year and with Horsmon picking up his third-career Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year award.
Horsmon wasted no time righting the Dayton Flyers’ volleyball ship after returning to the program prior to the 2014 season. UD went 30-6 in 2014, making the program’s 10th NCAA Tournament appearance and advancing to the Second Round for the sixth time. UD also claimed both the Atlantic 10 Regular Season and Championship titles for the fifth time in the last six years.
Post-season accolades were aplenty for UD in 2014, beginning with the Flyers earning four of the five major conference awards in Turner as Player of the Year, Krafka as Libero of the Year, Emmenecker as Setter of the Year and with Horsmon picking up his second career Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year award. Turner, along with senior Isolde Hannan, went on to earn AVCA All-American Honorable Mention as well, marking Dayton’s 12th and 13th All-America award winners to date.
From 2003 through 2007, Horsmon led the University of Dayton to unprecedented success. In five seasons, his teams won four Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Championships (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007) and earned four NCAA Tournament berths (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007) -- the first conference tournament championships and NCAA berths in program history. Horsmon finished his first stint at Dayton with a 128-43 overall record and a 59-8 mark in league action.
During his first tenure at Dayton, Horsmon coached four consecutive A-10 Players of the Year (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006), back-to-back Atlantic 10 Setters of the Year (2005, 2006), two A-10 Rookies of the Year (2003, 2007), four A-10 Most Outstanding Players of the Conference Tournament (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007) and eight AVCA Honorable Mention All-Americans. His 2007 team finished with a 33-2 overall record, a second-round NCAA Tournament appearance and a ranking in the CSTV/AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll, reaching as high as 12th during the season. Horsmon was named the 2007 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Northeast Region Coach of the Year and the 2005 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year.
In 2013, Horsmon’s Maryland squad finished the season with a 13-19 overall mark, placing two players on ACC All-Conference rosters and in 2012, he mentored his sixth AVCA All-American Honorable Mention selection. Seven of his players were named to the ACC All-Academic Team during his time at Maryland. Over his six seasons with the Terrapins, Horsmon compiled a 79-114 record and was 35-85 in ACC play.
From 1999 through 2002, Horsmon served as head coach of Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh. Almost immediately, he turned around a program coming off five consecutive losing campaigns. In four seasons, Horsmon guided the Colonials to three Northeast Conference regular-season championships (1999, 2001, 2002), four Northeast Conference Tournament championships (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002) and four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. His record in conference play was a dominant 42-2. Horsmon earned Northeast Conference Coach of the Year honors in 1999 and 2002.
In addition to his collegiate experience, Horsmon served as head coach of the adidas Penn Juniors 18-year-old Elite team and the Southern Maryland Juniors - both of which are club Junior Olympic teams. The adidas Penn Juniors were regionally ranked on the east coast and the Southern Maryland Juniors were ranked No. 1 in the Chesapeake Region in 1999.
Horsmon, a Maryland native, began his coaching career in 1996 as head coach at Calvert High School in Prince Frederick, Md. In three seasons, he amassed a 60-5 record and won the Class 3A Maryland State Championship and a regional title in 1998. That year, Horsmon was named Washington Post Coach of the Year.
Horsmon holds a bachelor of science degree from Frostburg State University (1991) and a teaching certificate from Salisbury State University (1993). He is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association and serves as a voter for the AVCA Top 25 poll.
Alyssa D'Errico joined the Dayton volleyball staff in January of 2017 and will be in her second season on staff during the 2018 season. She serves as the recruiting coordinator and her on-court focus is blocking and defense.
During May of 2017, D'Errico served on the coaching staff of the U.S. Collegiate National Team - Thailand Tour. She was also recognized by the AVCA as one of its Thirty Under 30 honorees in April of 2018. D'Errico also served as the head coach of the USA Select A1 program during the summer of 2018 and was on staff for the USA Holiday National training program in Colorado Springs held at the Olympic training center during the winter of 2016 and 2017.
A former professional player and four-time NCAA National Champion at Penn State, D'Errico spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons as an assistant coach at Louisville and helped lead the team to the program's first ACC Championship. Prior to UofL, she played three seasons as a libero overseas on the professional circuit, including stops in Spain, Croatia, and France. In 2011-12, she played in Spain for Feel Volley Alcobendas Club in the Superliga and was MVP of the Princess Cup. She continued her career in Split, Croatia, playing for ZOK Split 1700 in the top league, where she helped guide her team to the semifinals, taking a match off perennial powerhouse Rijeka, for the first time in club history. Her final professional season landed her in the top French league (LNV) playing for Istres Ouest Provence Volleyball, helping guide the team to a quarterfinal appearance.
A 2010 graduate of Penn State, D'Errico is the only player in NCAA Division I volleyball history to have won four national championships after winning state championships in her last three years of high school. She was also a part of numerous streaks including the record-setting 109-consecutive-match win streak and a 65-match Big Ten Conference win streak. Penn State was undefeated in Rec Hall (PSU's home court) and won 24-consecutive NCAA tournament matches during D'Errico's time with the team. The three-year captain capped her career with a Big Ten Conference Pre-Season All Big Ten Selection and a post-season Honorable Mention All Big Ten Selection. She finished her career with 1,245 digs (eight all-time at Penn State) and 146 aces (seventh overall). Off the court she earned 2010 ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District II team honors, the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, was the 2011 Student Athlete Advisory Board "Above and Beyond" Award Recipient and the 2010-11 Clyde "Pops" Team Award Recipient. The three-time Big Ten All-Academic team led her team to four Big Ten Conference Championships.
After her playing career, she spent a year as a volunteer assistant at Georgetown University in 2012. In other coaching stops, D'Errico also jointly runs US Elite Volleyball Camps (since 2011) with former Nittany Lions Blair Brown Lipsitz and Max Lipsitz. She was appointed the Director of Camper Development in 2012 for TriState Elite Volleyball Camps and serves as one of two head clinicians for their recruiting showcase, in December, alongside Jen Flynn Oldenburg. Highly touted for her volleyball IQ and high-level playing experiences, she was chosen as a clinician for high school and club coaches at both the OHSVCA (2011, 2012, 2018) convention and New York State clinics (2014). D'Errico has coached in various clubs including Virginia Elite (2012) and Virginia Juniors (2014), as both an assistant coach and a head coach, respectively, while also serving as a high school assistant coach for the Thomas Edison Eagles in Alexandria, Va.
Tim Balice will be entering his first season as a Dayton volleyball assistant coach in 2018. A former Dayton volunteer assistant coach, Balice spent the last three seasons as head coach at Urbana University in Urbana, Ohio. He will focus on training and recruiting for the Flyers.
Balice raised the level of success for the volleyball program at Urbana, where he constructed the first back-to-back winning seasons and the first post-season victory during the school's NCAA era. He posted an overall record of 52-48 (27-21 MEC) after three seasons, most recently leading the Blue Knights to their fifth-straight conference tournament appearance in 2017. UU finished 2017 19-17 overall while tying the program's best record in league play at 10-6.
During his time as a volunteer assistant at UD, Balice aided the Flyers to a 30-6 finish in 2014 and a Second Round appearance in the NCAA Tournament, losing to eventual National Champion Penn State. During the 2014 campaign the Flyers were able to win both regular season and conference tournament titles while finishing with a RPI of 56 while receiving votes in the AVCA Top-25 Poll.
Prior to his first stint at Dayton, Balice managed Kalamazoo Valley, compiling an overall record of 36-28, including a 20-8 mark in Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) play. He led the Cougars to back-to-back conference tournament appearances as well as twice qualified for the NJCAA Regional Tournament. The Cougars also had one All-American, one Regional Player of the Year, one Conference Freshman of the Year and eight All-MCCAA selections.
Balice received two bachelor of science degrees (exercise science and biomedical science) in December of 2010 from Western Michigan. He was a varsity student-athlete for WMU’s football program, starting his career as a walk-on and eventually earning a full athletic scholarship. During his time as a student-athlete at WMU, Balice played on the men's club volleyball team as a middle hitter (2005-2007) as well as the WMU club baseball team. Additionally, Balice coached the club women’s volleyball team at WMU 2010-14.
Director of Operations
Taylor Filzen is entering her fifth season on the Dayton volleyball staff as the director of operations in 2018. She serves as the liaison to the administration, equipment, marketing, athletic communications, and facilities staffs.
Additionally, Filzen works with staff members to promote program through fundraising/donor connections and also work with alumni contacts while also coordinating special events. Additionally, she oversees DataVolley scout coding/statistical analysis and is responsible for all program logistics (including tournaments, travel, budget, equipment, etc.).
Prior to coming to UD, Filzen served as the coordinator of athletics communication and administration, began full-time employment in the University of Northwestern Athletic Department after being a three-year student-athlete for the Eagles. Her position was made possible through the NCAA Division III Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship Grant program. In addition to other responsibilities, Filzen was involved primarily in both the sports information and NCAA compliance areas of the athletic department.
During her time as a student Northwestern, Filzen was a member of the Eagles volleyball teams that advanced to NCAA Tournaments in both 2011 and 2012. Off the volleyball court, Filzen served as a co-chair of the Northwestern Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and vice-chair of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) SAAC. Filzen gained experience in the Northwestern Athletic Department after working in both the athletic recruiting and sports information offices during her tenure as a student.
Coaching is in Filzen's blood as she comes from a family that has decades of experience with her mother, Tammy Filzen being the winningest coach in Carleton College women's basketball history. A Northfield, Minn., native and sister to six siblings, Filzen was a member of Northwestern's NCAA Tournament runs in 2010 and 2011 while earning Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Academic All-Conference honors three times.
A 2012 graduate of University of Northwestern with a degree in public relations, Filzen completed internships with the Carleton College Athletic Department in 2011 and the UMAC in 2012. She completed her master’s degree in organizational leadership from Northwestern in May 2014.
Volunteer Assistant Coach
Tyler Kanelos will be in his first year as a Dayton volunteer assistant coach in 2018.
Kanelos came to Dayton after serving as assistant coach at Arkansas-Fort Smith for the previous two seasons, contributing to the Lady Lions' 50-13 record and back-to-back Heartland Conference regular season titles in addition the 2016 HC Tournament title. Responsible for team and individual training with a focus on setters and defense during his time at UAFS, he also was in charge of opponent scouting/game planning and nationwide recruiting. As a member of the UAFS staff in 2016 and 2017, Kanelos coached four AVCA DII All-Americans and had nine players earned All-Conference honors.
In 2015, Kanelos spent the season as an assistant coach at West Florida, focusing on opponent scouting/game planning, blocking scheme, and team and individual training (with a focus on setters and pin hitters). The team posted a 28-7 overall record, claimed the Gulf South Conference regular season title and made its 10th-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Argonauts had two players named to AVCA All-America rosters and they had a GSC-record six all-conference honorees.
After playing one season at DIII Thiel College, Kanelos transferred to Lock Haven in 2012, joining the women's team staff as a student assistant. Over his three seasons at Lock Haven, the Bald Eagles posted three-consecutive 20-win seasons and two won Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) East Division titles. He was responsible for opponent scouting/game planning and team and individual training (with a focus on setters and defense).
Kanelos is a native of Harrisburg, Penn., and graduated from Lock Haven University in 2015 with a bachelor's of science degree in sports administration.
14 years coaching experience
Led team to 2 NCAA Appearances
Coached 20 all-conference players
Played in 4 NCAA Tournaments and 3-time AVCA All-Region Team selection
All-American and career assist leader (Michigan Tech University)