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 seventh season as an assistant coach for the men's volleyball team.
He came to the Buckeyes after eight seasons with the Rutgers-Newark men's team. He held the unique position of the only NCAA head coach to guide a Division I men's program and a Division III women's program simultaneously.
The Raiders advanced to the semifinal round of the EIVA Championship tournament in seven of the last eight-seasons at Rutgers-Newark. The Buffalo native was named the 2002 EIVA Coach of the Year after leading his men's squad to within a game of the Final Four. That squad finished with a record of 19-10 and was ranked 14th in the final NCAA Division I/II AVCA poll.
Hired in December 1999 by Rutgers-Newark, Byron joined the Scarlet Raider staff from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania, where he served in a similar role during 1998.
In 2003, the women's team posted an NJAC championship with a win over Richard Stockton, and Byron added NJAC Women's Volleyball Coach of the Year to his growing resume. That squad secured the program's first NCAA Championship Tournament berth. He has earned conference "coach of the year" notice as both a men's and women's coach at Rutgers-Newark.
Prior to his service at East Stroudsburg, Byron served as an assistant coach at Springfield College in 1995 and 1996 before taking over as head coach for the 1997 season. In two years as head coach, he guided Springfield to 31 wins overall and the inaugural 1997 Molten Division III national championship.
In the summer of 2002, he coached the USA Youth Men's National team to a Bronze Medal finish in the World Championship Qualifier in Santo Domingo.
In 1998, and 1999 Byron served as assistant coach for the USA Junior National Team which posted records of 5-2 and 8-1 in international competition. He served as a head coach in 2000 and an assistant coach in 2001 at the USA High Performance Camp Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Byron coached with the Under 21 Jr. National team in 2006 that won a silver medal and qualified for the 2007 World Championships. In 2005 he worked with the World University Games staff which traveled to Izmir Turkey. He serves as a C.A.P. (Coaching Accreditation Program) teaching Cadre. Byron has served on the AVCA All American committee since 1998 and Chaired this committee in 2006 & 07.
Byron has served as a clinician for the NCAA Y.E.S. (Youth Education Through Sports) program since 1995, speaking about the program at AVCA National Conventions in 1998 and 1999 as well as at the 2000 Men's National Championship in 2000. He is an active member of the AVCA, serving as a voter for the organization's Top 15 Poll since 1997, and was member of the Board of Directors for the International Volleyball Hall of Fame from 1994-98.
Byron holds both Bachelor's (1993) and Master's (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.