Sheila Gisbrecht enters her tenth season as the Elms College head Men’s and Women’s Volleyball coach.
In 2012, Coach Gisbrecht’s squad made men’s volleyball history when it won its second New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) tournament championship in four years and earned an automatic bid to the first-ever NCAA Division III Championship in the sport. Coach Gisbrecht, who directed the team to a 9-3 league record and an overall record of 20-8 which tied the program’s record for wins in a single season, was named the NECC Coach of the Year for the second time in four years.
Since taking over the program in the 2009 season, Coach Gisbrecht has built Elms’ men’s volleyball team into one of the elite teams in the region. Her 2009 squad notched a 20-13 record (tied for the program’s highest single-season win total) and won the inaugural NECC Championship, as well as the school’s first-ever Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship.
Coach Gisbrecht, who was named NECC Coach of the Year in 2009, has had one player garner NECC Player of the Year honors, four players earn rookie of the year honors, and had eight players named First-Team All-NECC, three named Second Team All-NECC and seven players named Honorable Mention All-NECC.
Prior to Elms College, Coach Gisbrecht served as the assistant coach of Ohio Wesleyan University’s women’s volleyball program for 11 seasons. During Coach Gisbrecht’s tenure, the Battling Bishops posted five 20-plus win seasons.
Coach Gisbrecht’s collegiate and professional playing credentials are equally impressive. During her collegiate career, she was a four-year volleyball letter winner at Ohio Wesleyan, a three-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) selection, and she capped her career by earning NCAC Player of the Year honors as a senior in 1994.
Also a four-year track and field letter winner for the Battling Bishops, Coach Gisbrecht was a two-time NCAA All-American as well as an Academic All-American. In 2005, she was inducted into Ohio Wesleyan’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
Coach Gisbrecht earned her bachelor’s degree with a teaching certification from Ohio Wesleyan and received her master’s degree in exercise and sports studies at Smith College. In addition to her coaching duties, she serves as the athletic department’s strength and conditioning coach.
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Acosta enters his third season as an assistant coach for the Elms Men's Volleyball program. Acosta was a four-year player for the Elms College Men's Volleyball program from 2009-2012. Acosta earned New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) All-Conference honors in three straight season, claiming back-to-back First Team selections in 2010 and 2011, followed with an Honorable Mention in 2012. Acosta ranks second all-time in career blocks with 219 total blocks, and helped guide the Blazers to the 2012 NECC Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Division III Regional Championships.