Ryan Theis | Head Coach | Women’s Volleyball | Ohio University

Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?

We are looking for student-athletes who are the right fit for Ohio University and Ohio Volleyball. Typically these student-athletes have a strong desire to be successful and want to work hard and have fun along the way. We look for student-athletes who are easy to communicate with and who put their teammates and the program ahead of themselves.


Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?

We had a former player who her senior year lost her starting position to a younger player. We brought this player in to let her know we were going to go with the younger player in the lineup for the upcoming weekend. The senior in the meeting said that she appreciated me bringing her in, but it wasn’t necessary. She understood that she wasn’t playing well, and she wanted me to do what’s best of the team. She said, if her not playing is what’s best of the team, then that’s what I should do.