Erin Cooper joined the Raven volleyball coaching on staff on Feb. 1, 2013, as the head coach. She comes to Benedictine College after a brief stint as the assistant coach at powerhouse Heart of America Athletic Conference foe MidAmerica Nazarene University in 2010.
Prior to MNU, she served as an assistant coach for three years (2007-2010) with volleyball program Mercer University in Macon, Ga. Cooper’s instruction on the floor helped the Bears finish with the best record in school history.
Cooper spent seven years as the head coach at Seminole State College in Seminole, Okla. She was hired to start the program and after three years of inception, the Trojans made it to the NJCAA National Tournament, finishing ninth. Cooper was also recognized as the Region II Coach of the Year for her accomplishments during that season. Throughout her time spent at SSC she coached numerous all-region players, academic all-Americans, and one NJCAA all-American.
Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, KS is where Cooper began her head coaching career. She took the Conquistadors to its first 30-win season.
A native of Wayne, Neb., Cooper starred in her hometown at Wayne State College lettering in both volleyball and basketball. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Wellness and master’s in Sport Management and Administration.
She currently resides in Kansas City, Mo., with her husband, Kenneth, and twin girls, Kendall and Kaylee.
Doug Tabbert joined the Benedictine volleyball staff in July as the new assistant coach. He brings ample experience having held head coach and an assistant coach positions at the NCAA-II, NCAA-III, and NAIA levels.
His ability to positively impact a program has been well demonstrated. After becoming the sixth head coach in seven seasons at NCAA-II Cameron University, his first squad--despite being picked to finish last in the pre-season conference poll--more than doubled the number of conference wins from the previous season and earned the program’s first conference tournament bid in four years. During his single season as an assistant at NCAA-II South Dakota School of Mines, the volleyball program finished with its first winning record in three years and only the second winning season in the head coach’s six-year tenure. During his four-year tenure as an assistant at NCAA-II University of Nebraska at Kearney, the Lopers had an overall record of 129-17 and a conference record of 71-4 including four regular season conference championships, two conference tournament championships, four NCAA tournament appearances, and final national rankings of No. 19, No. 6, No. 12 and No. 5. In addition, he served as the position coach for three different first-team all-American middle hitters and two all-American setters.
A native of Perry, Kan., Tabbert holds B.S. degrees in psychology and business administration from Baker University and a master’s degree in developmental kinesiology from Bowling Green State University (Ohio). In addition to coaching collegiately he has provided mental skills training to numerous college athletes, including a member of the 1996 U.S. Summer Olympic team.