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University of Michigan volleyball head coach Mark Rosen announced the hiring of former West Virginia and Ohio State assistant Sean Byron on March 17, 2016. In his first season working with Michigan's setters, Byron helped coach freshman MacKenzi Welsh to an AVCA All-America honorable mention selection, four Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards, and a Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection.
Byron came to Michigan after spending the 2015 season at West Virginia University, where his primary responsibilities included coordinating the Mountaineer offense, recruiting and scouting opponents.
Prior to his time at West Virginia, Byron spent eight seasons working with the men's volleyball program at Ohio State University, serving as the Buckeyes' offensive and recruiting coordinator. During his time in Columbus, Byron helped to guide the Buckeye squad to five MIVA regular-season titles, four MIVA tournament titles and the 2011 national championship.
Before joining the staff at Ohio State, Byron was the head men's and women's volleyball coach at Rutgers University-Newark for eight seasons. During his tenure, Byron's men's squad qualified for the EIVA tournament and consistently ranked in the top 15 of the nation, while the women's squad advanced to both the ECAC and NCAA tournaments. Prior to his appointment at Rutgers University-Newark, Byron was the head men's and women's coach at East Stroudsburg for two seasons and spent two years as the head men's coach at Springfield College, where he guided the team to the Molten Division III national championship in 1997 while also serving as an assistant professor of physical education.
In addition to his collegiate experience, Byron has a wealth of national-level coaching experience to the Wolverine squad. For more than 20 years, he has been involved with USA Volleyball and has been an assistant coach for the Boys Under-21 U.S. National Team for multiple seasons. Byron was also the head coach of the under-19 squad in the summers of 2002, 2008 and 2009, helping the team win gold medals at the North and Central American tournaments and a bronze medal at the 2002 NORCECA World Championship Qualifier. Additionally, Byron was an assistant coach on the U.S. National B-Team (2011), served as both the head coach and as an assistant coach for the U.S.A. High Performance Team (2000-01) and coached at the 2005 World University Games.
As an outside hitter at Springfield College, Byron earned a bachelor of science in physical education 1993 and a master of education in physical education from the school in 1998. He is also an instructor for the Coaching Accreditation Program (C.A.P.) National Certification courses for aspiring club, high school and college coaches in the United States and boasts several published works on various volleyball skills.