Jeff Hulsmeyer joined the Kansas State coaching staff in 2009 and adds 17 years of experience as an assistant and head coach to the Wildcat program. His previous coaching stint came at Georgetown College in Kentucky where he saw quick success. At K-State, his responsibilities include serving as the offensive coordinator as well as recruiting coordinator. His impact was felt immediately at K-State with the 2010 recruiting class ranked in the Top 30 by PrepVolleyball.com.
As the head coach of Georgetown College, an NAIA school, he led the Tigers to a 75-14 record over two years and a No. 5 ranking in 2007. Both years he was named the conference and region coach of the year. Before his time at Georgetown College, Hulsmeyer was the head coach at Purdue from 1999-2003. At Purdue, he helped the Boilermakers win the President's Cup as the team with the highest GPA at the school. During his four years at Purdue, the team placed 20 student-athletes on the Big Ten All-Academic team.
At K-State, he has worked with the setters and helped convert Caitlyn Donahue to the position from defensive specialist. In her second season at the position, Donahue ranked second in the Big 12 Conference in assists per set at 11.22. She also had 16 double-doubles in 2011 as well as posted the first triple-double by a Wildcat since Gabby Guerre in 2004.
In 2013, Hulsmeyer will help redshirt freshman Katie Brand succeed Donahue at the Wildcats' starting setter position. Brand sat out the 2012 season to watch and learn from Donahue and Hulsmeyer, prepping her for the role in the future.
Assisting with the offensive strategy for the Wildcats in Hulsmeyer's first year on staff, K-State saw Kelsey Chipman rank among the most efficient attackers in the Big 12 Conference and earn All-Big 12 Honorable Mention.
As the recruiting coordinator Hulsmeyer has continued to bring in some of the top regional and national talent into Manhattan. When asked about his role Hulsmeyer said, "I love recruiting to Manhattan and Kansas State. It's such a friendly city with great support for an outstanding university and volleyball program."
"Jeff has been a wonderful addition to our staff," Fritz said. "He brings great experience at all levels and is a proven trainer and recruiter. His enthusiasm for coaching, his character and integrity and his level of commitment to our program and our players will be exceptional."
Hulsmeyer also had two coaching stints in the Sun Belt Conference as head coach at Arkansas State and Western Kentucky. At Arkansas State he led the then-named Indians to conference championships in all three seasons. During those three years, the team never lost a regular season conference match and made two NCAA Tournament appearances by winning the conference tournament.
In three seasons as the head coach of the Hilltoppers, Hulsmeyer led Western Kentucky to two Sun Belt Conference runner-up performances. He turned the team around in his first season with a 32-9 record a year after the Hilltoppers had a losing record overall. Before becoming the head coach at Western Kentucky, he worked on the staff as a graduate assistant while working toward a master's degree.
Hulsmeyer is a two-time Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year winning the award once in 1991 with Western Kentucky and again in 1994 when leading Arkansas State to a conference title.
He has also served as an assistant coach at Illinois where he saw success on the recruiting trail. The Fighting Illini reached the Regional Semifinal in his last season at Illinois and finished with a No. 14 ranking.
In addition to his coaching experience, Hulsmeyer has worked as a director of volleyball operations for the MidAmerica Sports Center where he was responsible for marketing and promoting sporting events at the center and coached. While at MidAmerica Sports Center, Hulsmeyer also coached a club team for two years. Each season, the team finished fifth nationally in the 16-year old open division.
Hulsmeyer played indoor and professional beach volleyball for a stint before taking to the court as a coach. After playing club volleyball in college at Kentucky and the USA open level volleyball indoors, Hulsmeyer moved to Southern California's Newport Beach to train with AVP players. From 1989-95 Hulsmeyer spent his summers recruiting and playing professional beach tournaments on the East Coast.
Hulsmeyer is a graduate of Kentucky where he earned his bachelor's degree in political science. He is married to the former Michelle Hall of Halstead, Kan. Michelle was a two-time All-American on the volleyball team at Barton County Community College where she is also a member of the school's hall of fame. After two years at Barton County, she went on to play at Arkansas State where the team reached the NCAA Tournament each year.
The couple has four children Zach, Ben, Hannah and Jack.