NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb volleyball coach Brandon Rosenthal has announced the hiring of Todd Garvey as a full-time assistant coach.
Garvey spent the 2016 season on the coaching staff for Ohio University. The previous season he was on the staff for Purdue as a volunteer assistant.
He will officially start work at Lipscomb Feb. 20.
“Todd is someone I have known for quite some time,” Rosenthal said. “He has a wealth of knowledge. He has been around the game for quite some time. His father is a coach. His brothers are coaches.
“I love his demeanor. His work ethic is really impressive. When we were talking about trying to find someone who would make us better Todd really made an impression on us. He is very mature and knows how to coach and motivate and that translates into what we are trying to do.”
Rosenthal and Garvey have a strong coaching connection. For eight seasons Garvey was the head coach for Mercy Academy in Louisville, Kentucky. His teams were 320-41 and won three state championships.
“I have known Brandon for over 10 years,” Garvey said. “It was a no-brainer to come here to Lipscomb. I know he has accomplished a whole lot, but he isn’t satisfied.”
In 2008 he was honored as USA Volleyball Magazine National Coach of the Year as he guided his team to a No.2 finish nationally and the Kentucky State Championship with a 40-1 record.
The 2014 team finished 40-1 and earned the Prep Volleyball national championship.
“I am looking to get better as a coach every year and I think Brandon is one of the top coaches in the business,” Garvey said. “He has been coveted by a lot of universities. A lot of people would love to have him.
“Lipscomb reminds me of Mercy with its smaller size and the core values Brandon has.
Three of Garvey’s former players from Mercy Academy - Jewell Dobson, Megan Stout and Morgan Elmore – have been or are a part of the Lipscomb program. Three other former Bisons - Caitlin “Dot” Dotson, Katie Bradley and Sophie Kellerman - played for Garvey’s Union Volleyball Club team.
“They are all really good players and good people too,” Garvey said. “All of them had great things to say about Lipscomb.”
Garvey was named Kentucky Region 6 High School Coach of the Year seven times. In 2009 he was named one of AVCA’s 30-under-30 Award winners.
“Todd has a great rapport with the athletes he works with,” Rosenthal said. “He has a very good understanding of what we are trying to do here.
“He has been able to watch us from afar. All of his athletes who have come here have really been well-prepared.”
Garvey’s coaching philosophy is very similar to Rosenthal’s.
“I enjoy watching players develop on and off of the court,” Garvey said. “The girls I coached at Mercy, and in club volleyball, still keep in touch with me. I think Brandon shares that same approach and the same values with me.”
Garvey graduated from the University of Louisville in 2003 with a degree in exercise physiology and sports administration.
“Brandon has a big vision for the program,” Garvey said. “I am really excited to get started at Lipscomb and looking forward to working with Brandon and help him accomplish some of those goals.
“What he has accomplished at Lipscomb has been special. He is only going to continue to get better.”