Dave Markland | Head Coach
Markland is beginning his 15th year as Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Head Volleyball Coach. Markland has elevated the program to the national stage especially after completing the best year in school history in 2015.
That year, Lenoir-Rhyne went 25-8 overall and won the South Atlantic Conference Tournament Championship for the first time in school history and advanced to the regional quarterfinals. The Bears made their fourth-ever berth to the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
Markland has compiled a 266-190 record as Bear mentor since being hired in the spring of 2003 and became the winningest coach in Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Program history six seasons ago.
Markland has also led Lenoir-Rhyne to its only two South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championships (2004 and 2006) and trips to the playoffs in 2004, 2012, 2014 and 2015.
In 2014, the Bears went 22-10 on the year, tied for fourth in league play and earned a berth to the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Tournament. In addition, Haley Rhyne earned All-SAC First-Team accolades for the third consecutive season.
In 2012, Lenoir-Rhyne fashioned a 19-12 mark, upended highly-touted Wingate and Tusculum and earned its first berth to the postseason in eight seasons.
Eleven years ago, Markland received his second South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year award as Lenoir-Rhyne captured its second regular season championship in three years with a record of 25-13 (12-2 in the South Atlantic Conference).
In 2004, Markland guided the team to two firsts: a SAC Regular Season Title and a berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs. The Bears finished 27-8 overall and 12-2 in league play. Their victory total was the second-highest in school single-season history.
Markland won the SAC Coach-of-the-Year honors for his efforts that year as well.
The rise began in his first year in 2003 when the squad improved from a 12-21 mark and 2-12 record in SAC play in 2002 to 16-19 and 5-9, respectively, despite fielding a young team.
Markland arrived in Hickory, N.C., after serving as the head coach for Davie County High School from 2000 until 2002. His teams from the Mocksville, N.C., school won two Central Piedmont 4A Conference Championships and earned a NCHSAA 4A playoff berth in 2002 for the first time in school history.
A 1977 graduate of Appalachian State University with a degree in health and physical education, Markland has 10 years of coaching experience at the Division I level including seven years as Head Coach for Appalachian State (1992-98) and three as an assistant for the University of North Carolina (1989-91).
During his tenure at ASU, Markland’s squad won three Southern Conference Championships, two Southern Conference Tournament Championships and twice qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
Markland, who guided the Mountaineers to a 152-87 overall mark, also earned Southern Conference Coach-of-the-Year honors twice.
All told, Markland has compiled a 418-277 record as a collegiate head coach.
Markland is in his eighth year as the Associate Director of Intercollegiate Athletics for Lenoir-Rhyne University as well.
Markland spent three years as Lenoir-Rhyne’s Assistant AD (2007-10) before being elevated to the associate’s role in the summer of 2010.
As an athlete, Coach Markland distinguished himself as a three-time All-American with the Men’s Major Slow Pitch League of the Amateur Softball Association.
While at Appalachian State as an undergraduate, he competed in track and field, setting school and Southern Conference records in javelin. A four-year letterman, Markland earned Team MVP Honors his junior and senior seasons and still holds the school javelin record.
Markland received his master’s degree from Appalachian State in 1979.
Markland’s wife, Cheryl, is a physical education teacher at Clyde Campbell Elementary in Hickory. The couple has one daughter (Ashley) and one son (Bradley). Ashley is a rising senior on this year’s volleyball team.
Katelyn Holley | Graduate Asssitant
Katelyn Holley is beginning her second year as a graduate assistant for the Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team in 2017.
Holley came to LR after playing four years at Averett University (2012-15), an NCAA Division III school in Danville, Va., and a member of the USA South Conference.
During her career, Averett won two league north division championships as she finished with 1,112 digs and 180 aces as a member of the Cougars’ volleyball team.
As a senior, Holley ranked 44th in the nation in total service aces and tied for fifth all-time in NCAA Division III for consecutive points served.
Holley has worked for the past six years coaching and teaching volleyball camps in three states which included four trips to California.
As a prep star, Holley was co-captain of her team’s first state championship squad and was selected to the VISAA All-State First Team. Holley still holds the school record for aces in a single season (118) and was named the 2011 All-Metro Volleyball Player Of The Year by the Danville Register and Bee.
Holley graduated from Averett this past May with a bachelor’s degree in physical education with her Teaching License. In addition, Holley was a USA South Academic All-Conference honoree.