With over 15 years of coaching experience under his belt, Jeff Wismer joined the Lipscomb volleyball staff in the spring of 2012 after stints at Villanova and rival Belmont.
Wismer spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons as the top assistant at Belmont leading the Bruins to new heights with his help. In 2011, the Bruins surged to an 11-2 conference record finishing atop the Atlantic Sun standings for the first time in school history sharing the regular-season championship with Lipscomb.
“I’ve always wanted someone in our program that would challenge me as a coach and help me think of new ideas and ways of doing things,” said Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal. “Jeff brings that to the table along with knowledge of the game some fresh ideas.
“One of the big things about Jeff is his ability to voice his opinions and really put his input into spaces where it will work and will help us, but at the same time.”
Along with leading Belmont to a first-place tie in the A-Sun, Wismer also helped coach Bruins standout outside hitter Maggie Johnson, who was named the co-Player of the Year by the A-Sun Coaches as well as garnering A-Sun Volleyball Scholar Athlete of the Year honors and honorable mention AVCA Southeast Region laurels. Wismer also trained all-conference right side attacker, Jen Myer and was instrumental in the creation of Belmont’s defensive system that resulted in libero Jaime Lundstrom finishing in the top 50 nationally in digging and the Bruins finish as the top defensive team in the A-Sun.
“Jeff’s experience and expertise in the recruiting world are already helping tremendously,” said Rosenthal. “His contacts and knowledge of what’s going on not only in this area but nationwide has helped quite a bit.”
Before joining the Belmont program in 2010, Wismer spent time as the top assistant coach and club coordinator at Villanova. During that 2009 campaign, Villanova notched impressive victories over Connecticut, Virginia Tech and Virginia among others.
Following the 2009 campaign, Wismer spearheaded the 2010 Wildcat recruiting class that was highly regarded by PrepVolleyball.com. Also during his stint in Philadelphia, he helped lead the Philadelphia Volleyball Academy land three teams in the Junior Nationals tournament as the associate club director.
Before making his way to the “City of Brotherly Love”, Wismer helped direct NAIA stalwart Taylor University in Upland, Ind. and NCAA Division III power Eastern University in Philadelphia.
In his one season with Taylor, the Trojans finished the campaign 32-8 earning a No. 18 ranking in the final top-25 poll much in part to NAIA All-American Setter Betsey Brown, who Wismer trained.
His two- year stint at Eastern saw the Eagles dominate the Freedom Conference with a 35-2 record as conference champion and advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the fourth time in school history. While with Eastern, Wismer was responsible for training outside attackers including Kara Hildebrand and Emma Klein, who were named back to back Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Player of the year, respectively. Hildrebrand went on to earn All-America honors.
Wismer’s collegiate coaching career began at Gwynedd-Mercy College in Gwynedd Valley, Pa. after spending time in the high school and club ranks including over 100 wins as head coach at Central Bucks West and Hatboro Horsham High Schools. He also spent eight years as a special education teacher at New Life Youth and Family Services, a non-profit, Christian alternative education school in Schwenksville, Pa.
During his collegiate playing days at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa, Wismer captained the Falcons to a pair of Middle Atlantic Conference championships. Wismer graduated from Messiah in 1997 earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in social studies education.
Along with his collegiate experience that has seen Wismer coach three college All-Americans, nine college all-region selections, he is well respected in the club community having spent a number of years directing and coaching in successful clubs including the renowned Asics Munciana 17-U squad and has trained over 100 men’s and women’s college athletes.
Wismer is married to the former Andrea Colbert from Philadelphia, who played field hockey at Messiah. The couple resides in Brentwood.