COLLEGE STATION -- Kelly Stumph, Texas A&M Class of 2003, will be returning to Aggieland to serve as director of volleyball operations, A&M volleyball coach Laurie Corbelli announced today.
“We were looking for someone with a strong administrative background, as well as a volleyball background,” Corbelli said, “It is uncommon to get both, and when we became aware that Kelly had an interest to come to A&M, it was a really exciting time.
Her knowledge of the community, the school and the Aggie traditions is an added bonus.”
Born in Fort Worth and raised in nearby Azle, Texas, Stumph has gained extensive experience in volleyball and made invaluable contacts on the national and international scales since graduating with honors from A&M, where she majored in sport management and minored in business.
“I am absolutely thrilled to get back to Aggieland,” Stumph said. “With its unmatched network and rich tradition, my experiences at A&M go far beyond the classroom and have continually provided lucrative opportunities to advance my career. It is truly an honor for me to not only return to a place that I treasure, but to also work in the sport that has been such a huge part of my life.”
“It also is a great privilege to be able to work for the Corbellis. Laurie and John possess a wealth of knowledge about the game of volleyball and have played and coached at the most elite levels. Not only am I excited to learn from their expertise, but I greatly respect them as people and look forward to contributing to the outstanding program that they have established at Texas A&M.”
Stumph comes to A&M after serving nearly three years as manager of awards and events support at the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). She was responsible for managing all aspects of the AVCA awards programs for both men’s and women’s college volleyball players and coaches at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels, as well as NAIA and two-year colleges. Stumph also developed and instituted the AVCA High School Senior All-America program.
Other responsibilities included overseeing the annual AVCA All-America/Player of the Year Banquet and the AVCA Hall of Fame induction ceremony, as well as the Molten Division III Men’s Invitational Volleyball Championship, including the bid process, tournament site and team selection, championship banquet and VIP relations.
During her final semester at A&M, Stumph interned at the United States Olympic Committee’s U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Following her graduation from A&M in 2004, Stumph served as technical coordinator intern at USA Volleyball, where she helped current A&M assistant coach Robyn Romansky and the women’s national team with statistical analysis of athlete performance, as well as team practices and all the logistical arrangements for athlete travel, tournament entry and equipment distribution.
“I am grateful to the AVCA and USA Volleyball for allowing me to work with their groups to further the sport of volleyball,” Stumph said. “Through an internship at USAV, I was able to assist in managing the women’s national team and administrate High Performance camps. The AVCA invited me to come on board, and because of this solid organization, I was able to connect with coaches all over the country and develop as a professional within the sport of volleyball. I have been blessed to be surrounded by excellent staff at the AVCA and USAV, and it is refreshing to know that I will still be connected to them as I continue my career at Texas A&M.”
Her responsibilities at A&M will include coordinating and organizing team travel, on-campus recruiting, tape exchange, equipment inventory and summer camps exclusively for the Aggie volleyball program. In addition, Stumph will help the program develop a larger presence in the community.
“Kelly is fearless at pursuing her goals, and it is somewhat of a dream for her to see Aggieland from a different point of view,” Corbelli said. “She has a new perspective and sees this as an opportunity to make a big impact. She will be a great addition, and we expect great things from her as we continue to grow the program.”
Stumph replaces Jennifer Carey, who was hired as an assistant volleyball coach at Georgia Tech earlier this year.