Camp Director, Head Volleyball Coach
Ben Briney will begin his ninth season as head coach this fall at Truman. He has led the team to a 183-88 record. He led the team to the 2014 GLVC West Division as well as the 2014 and 2016 Conference Tournament titles. The team has been nationally ranked for 57 weeks, including two weeks in the Top Ten, as well as making five trips to the NCAA tournament during his tenure.
Briney also coached the school’s second AVCA National Freshman of the Year and only 4x All American in Megan Sharpe. As head coach Briney has coached 26 AllConference award winners, two Conference Freshman of the Year, a Conference Player and Libero of the Year, and three players to 8 AVCA All-American awards. During his time as an assistant, the Bulldogs went 137-22, twice made the National Quarterfinals, and advanced to the National Semifinals in 2008. Briney also coached six different players to 11 All-America Awards
Assistant Camp Director, Truman Assistant Coach
Erin Higgins comes to Kirksville for her first season at Truman after a successful three-year tenure as the head coach for the Blue Devils of Davenport Central High School in Iowa. With Higgins at the helm, Central only ascended after she took over and improved its finishes in the Mississippi Athletic Conference (MAC) from eighth in 2014 to fifth in 2015 and fourth in the fall of 2016. During that span, Higgins coached 10 All-Conference, three All-Metro and three All-District performers.
Higgins played her collegiate volleyball in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) at Missouri-St. Louis as a four-year starter/letterwinner at right side for the Tritons. The Pleasant Valley product was named First-Team All-GLVC in 2009 before second-team nods in both 2010 and 2011 when she was a senior co-captain. In the program's record book for a career, she is seventh in three different categories including kills (1,027), attempts (2,627) and block assists (244).