Four-Year Pirate Coach, AD Terry Holland Mutually Agree On Departure
Highly-Regarded Coach Accepts Full-Time Position on Pirate Staff
Jeri Estes joined the East Carolina volleyball staff on a full-time basis in April of 2012 following a brief stint with the program during the 2011 season.
"I am eager to work with Coach Rolf to achieve our shared goals of developing our regional talent pool, creating a winning program that will make ECU the program of choice for good volleyball players regionally and nationally, and emphasizing to our student-athletes the concepts of top-notch training, match preparation, fitness, individual commitment, hard work and personal character," Estes said. "We want our athletes to be great competitors not only in volleyball, but also in life."
Estes has completed his tenure with professional Russian club team Uralochka-NTMK, which he coached for the last ten years. During a highly-competitive Russian SuperLeague season, he served as Head Coach and Director of Youth Development and led Uralochka-NTMK to a second-place finish in league play.
"It's a great honor and privilege to work for Terry Holland, who is one of the most talented and respected coaches, administrators and advocates of college athletics in the country," Estes stated. "His vision of athletic excellence at ECU is inspiring and encompasses strong academics, great facilities, successful fundraising and outstanding community and administrative support."
Estes' experience as a volleyball coach spans the full spectrum of women's volleyball competition, including top-level junior club competition, NCAA Division I championship tournament experience and the highest international and professional level play - including two Olympic Games. He has coached and trained some of the best women's players in the world, including Logan Tom, Danielle Scott, Robyn Ah-Mow Santos, Misty May, Keri Walsh, Tayyiba Haneef and numerous other elite international players. In addition, he has worked with some of the most respected and successful college and international head coaches in the world in legendary Russian coach Nikolai Karpol, Brian Gimmillaro at Long Beach State, United States Olympic coaches Mick Haley and Toshi Yoshida, and UC Santa Barbara head coach Kathy Gregory.
"Jeri Estes and his family joining our program is a tremendous opportunity for our staff and players," Rolf said. "Jeri and I have known each other for many years. We have a great appreciation for each other's work and we complement each other very well. We understand the importance of loyalty, commitment and excellence on the court, in the classroom and within our university. Jeri, Jackie and I are very excited about the chance to work together as we continue to build a strong Pirate Volleyball program."
As a head coach, Estes produced successful tenures with the Saint Louis Quest in the United States Professional Volleyball League (USPV), Volero Zurich VBC in the European Champions League and Dinamo-Moscow in the Russian SuperLeague. Estes has won three national titles in as many countries - the United States, Russia and Switzerland.
During the 2010 NCAA volleyball season, Estes served as associate head coach at UC Santa Barbara and guided the Gauchos to a 16-13 record and 10-6 mark in the Big West Conference. He also mentored setter Dana Vargas, one of the most decorated players in program history, and middle hitter Stacey Schmidt to all-conference, all-west region and American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America accolades.
Estes began his career as an assistant coach for Long Beach State from 1994-99, helping the squad to a national title in 1998 as the first undefeated team in NCAA history. While he was with the program, the 49ers made two final four appearances, earned five NCAA Tournament bids, captured three Big West Conference titles and produced four seasons in which the team finished in the national top 10.
After his stint at LBSU, Estes joined the United States National Team as an assistant in 1999 and 2000. With his help, the Americans won the North America, Central America and Caribbean (NORCECA) Volleyball Federation Olympic Qualifying Tournament, produced fifth-place results at the World Grand Prix and the Montreux Volley Masters and placed fourth at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
From 2000 to 2004, he assisted Karpol with the Russian National Team which was ranked No. 1 in the world two consecutive years, won the silver medal at the Olympic Games in Athens and earned gold at the 2002 World Grand Prix, 2002 Montreux Volley Masters and 2001 European Championships. The squad also took second at the 2000 and 2003 World Grand Prix competitions.
While working as the Associate Head Coach for Uralochka- NTMK, Estes helped lead the team to a silver medal in the Indesit CEV Cup, and a bronze in the Russian Super-League. Uralochka is the most successful professional women's team in international volleyball history with eight first-place finishes and nine second-place showings in the European Champions League - the highest-level professional volleyball league in the world.
As head coach of Volero Zurich VBC from 2003-06, the team earned promotion from the second league to the first league after his first season, then placed first in the highest division of the Swiss League the next two consecutive years - enjoying a 74-match winning streak. Estes also led the team to a fourth-place finish out of 64 squads in the Top Teams Cup. Volero Zurich was the 2004 champion in the Second Division of the Swiss League and subsequently won gold medals at the Swiss Cup and in the Swiss Super League in 2005 and 2006. Closer to home, Estes was one of four coaches chosen to coach teams in the inaugural USPV season. He guided the Saint Louis Quest to a third-place finish and coached the league's most valuable player.
In December of 1996, Estes co-founded the Mizuno Long Beach Volleyball Club in the highly-competitive Southern California region. Mizuno Long Beach has developed into one of the premier junior club programs in the nation, producing numerous SCVA regional championships, National Junior Olympics appearances and medals, and countless Division I scholarship athletes. In the fall of 2010, he served as the program's Head Trainer, coordinating training of fundamental and advanced volleyball skills for 19 junior teams in the age 13-18 categories.
Estes attended California State University, Long Beach and graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and correctional counseling. He is married, and has a son.