Tuesday's match will be the first meeting between the two programs
The Buckeyes and Cardinals face off for the first time this season in a highly-anticipated match
The Buckeyes and the Antelopes will play Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. ET
The Buckeyes and the Ramblers face off at 5 p.m. ET in Chicago
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Sean Byron is in his eighth season as an assistant coach for the Ohio State men's volleyball program, serving primarily as the offensive and recruiting coordinator. He has two national championships to his credit--one as a head coach and one as an assistant coach--in addition to accumulating over 500 victories during his time on the sidelines. Coach Byron has coached just shy of 1,000 career matches at the high school, collegiate, and international level.
During his time in Columbus, the Buckeyes have compiled a 135-66 (.672) record, won five of seven MIVA regular season titles, 4 MIVA tournament titles, and captured the NCAA championship in 2011. He coached six AVCA All-Americans (three First and three Second Team), as well as the 2014 Newcomer of the Year winner, Driss Guessous. He coached 10 Second-Team All-MIVA league selections, 17 First-Team All-MIVA selections and 4 MIVA Players of the Year since 2008.
Coach Byron has invested much time with USA Volleyball in various roles, including head coach, team leader, and assistant coach. He coached qualifying teams for three World Championship Tournaments (2013 Izmir Turkey, 2009 Venice Italy, and 1998 Dominican Republic) for the U-19 and U-21 divisions. He served as an assistant coach in the World University games in 2005 and the Pan American Cup in 2011.
Prior to Ohio State, Byron spent 8 years (15 seasons) in the unique position of men's and women's volleyball coach at Rutgers University-Newark. His teams at Rutgers-Newark qualified for NJAC and EIVA playoffs 14/15 seasons and he compiled a 232-225 (.508) record. Before his time at Rutgers-Newark, he coached three seasons at East Stroudsburg University (PA).
He began his coaching career at his alma mater in Springfield Massachusetts as a member of the teaching faculty and head men's volleyball coach. In his first season as a head coach at Springfield, Byron's team won the Molten DIII National Championship, and in two seasons his teams were 31-18 (.632). Prior to Rutgers-Newark he coached three seasons at East Stroudsburg University (PA).
Byron also teaches National Certification courses for aspiring club, high school, and college coaches through USA Volleyball's Coaching Accreditation Program (C.A.P.) as an esteemed member of USA's teaching CADRE. He is an accomplished writer, having written journal articles and contributing a chapter on setting for Volleyball Skills and Drills, an all-encompassing master skills book developed by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Additionally, Byron was the subject of Coaching Volleyball's feature story in the May/June 2003 issue.
Byron holds both Bachelor (1993) and Master (1999) degrees in Physical Education from Springfield College. As an undergraduate, Byron started as an outside hitter on the volleyball team and served as co-captain his senior year. He is married to Julie Byron and they have two daughters, Grace (age 10) and Calleigh (age 7). They live in Westerville, Ohio with their dog, Chloe.