Billy Ebel returns for his third season with the Lipscomb Lady Bisons volleyball team.
Ebel was named a recipient of a “30 under 30” Award by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). The honor is designed to honor “up-and-coming” coaching talent at all levels of volleyball. Award winners must have been 30 years or younger in 2014.
Ebel, 27, was nominated for the award by Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal and some of his past mentors. This is his first time to win the award.
“He’s one of those young coaches that have a great understanding for the game and the running of a program,” Rosenthal said. “He is extremely knowledgeable in the planning and execution of a high level practice.”
Ebel had the opportunity to plan and oversee practices this summer in a new setting. Ebel was one of the six coaches for the U.S. Collegiate National Team Program working under the direction of Master Coaches Mike Hebert and Ken Preston.
The 36 players who participated are all in college with one or more years of eligibility remaining and were participating in what is basically a second tryout period for the U.S. Women’s National Team. They were working out in New Orleans in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls’ National Championships. The players were divided into three teams. Ebel coached a team along with Millicent Van Norden from the University of New Orleans. Their team won the tournament between the three teams.
“This summer was a huge honor for Billy,” Rosenthal said. “Not only did he get to coach a college all-star team, but he was also being evaluated and mentored by some of the greats of the game.
“One in particular, Mike Hebert, is a member of the Volleyball Hall of Fame as a coach. He is somebody I respect a ton. I have spent some time with him over the years. He is kind of the Yoda of volleyball as far I am concerned. To have Billy be able to spend some time with him was huge.”
Ebel has ties to some of the former Lipscomb volleyball athletes such as Jake Pease, Alex Kelly, Abby Fay and Meghan Hinemeyer and Lauren Ford because they all grew up in the same area. He coached Ford as a club player.
Ford and Ebel are from the same hometown of Lenexa, Kansas; although they went to rival high schools.
Ebel joined the University of Missouri-Kansas City staff in February 2011 as a volunteer assistant coach and stayed on the staff as a graduate assistant coach. He is working on his master’s degree in higher education.
He worked for Christi Posey for three seasons at UMKC.
“I’ve learned a lot about coaching, recruiting, establishing my own philosophy and my own coaching staff, “ Ebel said. “A lot of that goes hand-to-hand with Coach Rosenthal’s thoughts and ideas on how we want to represent the program.”
Prior to joining the UMKC staff, Ebel served as a defensive coordinator at Bishop Miege, his former high school team. He helped the Lady Stags to the 2010 Kansas State Championship.
Ebel served as a volunteer assistant coach at Muncie Burris Laboratory High School in Muncie, Indiana for three seasons. He helped guide the Owls to the Indiana Class 2A State Championship in each season and one national runner-up finish.
Ebel earned his Bachelor of Science degree in sports administration and management in 2010 from Ball State University.
He played men’s volleyball, lettering four years from 2007-2010. 2010. He was the team captain in 2010. He was an All-Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association First Team selection in 2010 and a seven-Time MIVA Defensive Player of the Week.
Ebel finished his career tied for 10th in program history with 688 digs, while ranking third in matches with double-figure digs (33), holding the No. 11 slot in digs-per-game average (1.87) and ranking 14th in games played (367). He set the school’s single-season record with a 3.05 digs-per-game average in 2010, while ranking third in matches with double-figure digs (18) and fourth in digs (336).