Jeff Hulsmeyer joined the K-State coaching staff in 2009, and since beginning of his coaching career at Western Kentucky, he adds 21 years of coaching experience, either as an assistant or head coach, to the K-State program.
With the Wildcats, Hulsmeyer serves as the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator. The K-State recruiting classes under Hulsmeyer have been ranked among the nation's elite, including a No. 27 ranking in 2014 by PrepVolleyball.com.
Offensively, the Kentucky native has helped a pair of Wildcat setters transition to new roles. In 2010, Hulsmeyer helped convert Caitlyn Donahue from defensive specialist to setter, and Donahue responded by finishing second in the Big 12 Conference in assists per set in just her second season at the position in 2011. After Donahue's career came to a close following the 2012 campaign, Hulsmeyer oversaw the transition of redshirt freshman Katie Brand into the starting setter role, a role in which Brand seized and earned All-Big 12 Freshman Team honors.
In his first year on the staff, Hulsmeyer showed his prowess developing the K-State offensive strategy by helping Kelsey Chipman to be among the Big 12's most efficient attackers. Chipman finished third among Big 12 hitters with a .345 hitting percentage and earned All-Big 12 honorable mention. Including Chipman, six Wildcats have earned All-Big 12 honors for their offensive performances under Hulsmeyer's direction.
Prior to joining K-State, Hulsmeyer was the head coach at Georgetown College, an NAIA school in Kentucky. He led the Tigers to a 75-14 record over two years and a No. 5 national ranking in 2007. In both years at the helm of Georgetown, he was named the conference and region coach of the year, while he also saw two players combine for three NAIA All-American honors.
Hulsmeyer's head coaching experience, which amounts to nine seasons, includes four seasons at the helm of Purdue from 1999-2002. At Purdue, Hulsmeyer went 44-79 (.358), and helped the Boilermakers win the President's Cup as the team with the highest GPA at the school. In Hulsmeyer's four years, the team placed 20 student-athletes on the Big Ten All-Academic Team.
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 an overall losing record. Before becoming the head coach at Western Kentucky, he worked on the staff as a graduate assistant while working towards 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 from 1996-98, where he saw success on the recruiting trail. The Fighting Illini reached the NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinal in his last season and finished with a No. 14 ranking.
In addition to his coaching experience, Hulsmeyer worked as a director of volleyball operations for the MidAmerica Sports Center in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was responsible for marketing and promoting sporting events at the center. Hulsmeyer also coached a club team for two years while working at the MidAmerica Sports Center. 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 at the USA indoor volleyball open level, Hulsmeyer moved to Newport Beach in southern California to train with AVP players. From 1989-95, Hulsmeyer spent his summers recruiting while also 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, Kansas. 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.