Grove Returns to Volleyball Coaching Staff

Head coach Suzie Fritz announced Friday the hiring of Jeff Grove to her coaching staff.

Aug. 9, 2002

Manhattan, Kan. - Jeff Grove was named an assistant volleyball coach at Kansas State on Friday in an announcement by head coach Suzie Fritz. It will be Grove's second tour of duty with the Wildcat program after serving as an assistant coach, along with Fritz, on former head coach Jim McLaughlin's staff from 1997-99.

Grove will serve as the team's top assistant coach under the second-year head coach and will help in the development of all phases of the program with specific duties as defensive coordinator. He will coordinate and evaluate all statistical and video applications for the program as well as coordinate tape exchange and opponent scouting reports.

"I'm really excited about Jeff joining the staff," said Fritz. "He brings a great deal of familiarity and experience with our system and training techniques. I'm happy that I was able to get him to come back to K-State after a stint in private practice. He was a key element in the early development of this program. He's another solid addition to the staff."

Grove joins the staff after serving the last three years as a Systems Engineer and Director of Client Services for ARK Digital Technologies, a San Diego, Calif.-based company who is the leading manufacturer of statistical and video editing hardware and software for approximately 80 universities and several professional sports franchises. He worked in the development of custom video editing for ARK and trained clients on all software and hardware.

One of the original members of Jim McLaughlin's staff at K-State, Grove was a significant component in building the successful Wildcat program of today. He helped guide the team to a 60-34 overall record from 1997-99 and three consecutive bids to the NCAA Tournament, including second-round appearances in 1998 and 1999. He was responsible for coaching the outside hitters, including K-State's first All-American Dawn Cady and Team USA alternate Kim Zschau. He also assisted with team travel and recruiting.

Before joining McLaughlin's staff, Grove spent four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Wyoming from 1993-96. During his tenure on the Cowgirl staff, the program posted a 54-64 (.458) overall record and a 25-33 mark in Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play. In 1994, the Cowgirls posted a 17-13 record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament where they lost to Washington in the first round. While at Wyoming, he served an internship with the U.S. National Teams at their training center in San Diego, Calif. He coordinated a blocking study for the men's team and assisted the women's team in daily practice sessions.

Prior to joining the staff at Wyoming, Grove spent the 1992 season as an assistant coach at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He also served as the team's interim head coach in the spring of 1993, managing the program in all facets until a new head coach was hired.

Grove began his coaching career while an undergraduate at Azusa Pacific University, a Division II school in Azusa, Calif. He served three years as the lone assistant coach for the women's team, developing the APU program into one of the nation's elite NAIA-level teams, culminating with a fifth-place finish at the 1991 NAIA National Tournament. In addition to his duties with the women's squad, he played and coached the men's club team at Azusa.

A native of Goleta, Calif., Grove earned his bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in Business Administration from Azusa Pacific in 1991. He is married to the former Julie Abbott and the couple have two children, Kaitlyn, 2, and Jonathan, born in May 2002.

Grove, 33, takes the slot vacated by the resignation of associate head coach Jason Watson, who became the top women's assistant coach at his alma mater, Brigham Young University, in July. His duties begin immediately.