ASHLEY STRYFFELER | ASSISTANT COACH
Ashley Stryffeler enters her fifth season with Campbell volleyball in the 2017-18 season. Formerly Ashley Weers, she rejoined the Campbell volleyball coaching staff in 2013, her second stint as an assistant coach. Weers spent the 2010-12 campaigns as an assistant coach, while earning her Masters of Business Administration.
Stryffeler has helped Campbell improve in each of the last four seasons. In her first year, the Camels went 4-10 in the conference and most recently finished with a 10-6 mark in 2016 and a championship appearance in 2015.
With Stryffeler's assistance CU improved on its numbers in 2016, finishing third in the conference in hitting % (.206 in the conference, .44 improvement), kills per set (825 total in conference/13.31 per set, 122/1.19 improvement), and assists (777 total in conference/12.53 per set, 120/1.20 improvement). Campbell also led the league defensively in opponent hitting percentage (.162 in conference play), improving on 2015's mark by 32 points.
“Ashley, being the best volleyball player to ever wear a Campbell uniform, brings immediate notice to the direction we are headed,” said head coach Goral. “She is an exceptional asset to have on staff with her background at the university along with skills in training, recruiting and running the program. The best part is that she is passionate about Campbell, the team and bringing a winning tradition to the Creek.”
In 2012, the Littleton, Colo., native was head coach of the 13- and 15-under club teams and administrative assistant at the Montana Volleyball Academy. Weers was responsible for all facets of the two programs, including the design and implementation of practice and game plans.
She additionally took on the role of head junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach at nearby Loyala Sacred Heart High School in Missoula, Montana. The assistant coach helped implement game plans for the varsity team, while also supervising the entire junior varsity program.
As an assistant at Campbell, she was responsible for supervising student-athlete academic coursework, so that they stayed on-track to graduate. Weers additionally, dealt with managing the budget that included travel itineraries and ordering equipment for the team.
In those two seasons, the Camels totaled 26 victories as the program moved from the Atlantic Sun to the Big South Conference.
During a four-year playing career, Weers was a prolific presence at the net for the Camels, ranking seventh in total blocks with 304, sixth in block assists at 237 and ninth in block solos at 67 in the program’s record book.
She was tabbed to the 2009 All-A-Sun First Team, becoming just the third Camel to collect the honor in program history, 2008-09 A-Sun All-Academic Team and 2006 A-Sun All-Freshman Team. Weers became the fifth Campbell volleyball player to receive multiple conference accolades.
During her senior campaign, she posted the best single-season attack percentage in school history, notching a .368 rate, which also led the Atlantic Sun and ranked 21st nationally.
The middle blocker was a two-time A-Sun Player of the Week during the season, taking the league's first weekly honor of the season after grabbing NC State/Hilton RTP Classic all-tournament recognition following a 4-0 record and later earned the honor after aiding the Camels to five consecutive league victories, while converting 36 of 82 attacks for a .341 hitting percentage.
With Weers leading the way on the court, the Camels recorded their best season since 2001, notching 17 wins in 2009, a 10-win turnaround from the previous year. The Camels also made their second-consecutive A-Sun Tournament appearance for the first time since 1997-98.
Weers has coaching experience at the club level, serving as a coach for the Harnett Area Volleyball Club (HAVC). She has been a camp instructor at college camps at Campbell and Montana.
At Campbell, Weers completed her bachelor’s degree in sport management in May of 2010 and finished a masters in business administration in May 2012.
Ashley married Campbell Strength and conditioning coach Mike Stryffeler in 2014.
ROBBIE BELDEN | ASSISTANT COACH
Belden comes to Campbell after a two-year stint as a volunteer assistant coach at UConn in 2015 and 2016. While at UConn, Belden helped train the setters, worked with the staff to build offensive game plans, assisted with team travel plans, and helped put together opponent scouting reports.
"Rob's experience as a player and coach at several levels rounds out our staff nicely," said Goral. "He can train every position and assist in developing our offensive and defensive philosophies. He understands the different aspects of managing a program, and is proficient with recruiting and scouting. I'm looking forward to having two assistants with a lot of experience and versatility. Having a dedicated and effective staff will certainly help move this program towards our goals."
At Campbell, Belden will assist with recruiting, team travel, and opponent scouting. He will also help continue to develop the offensive attack for the Camels.
"I am excited at the opportunity to join a program that is already competing for conference championships and I look forward to helping Campbell volleyball reach its goals," said Belden. "I hope to continue to improve the offense and help the team score more points offensively while building on the strong defense already in place.
Prior to his time at UConn, Belden worked as an assistant coach at Hartford for three seasons, working with the team's setters as well as the offense. He also provided his efforts towards the team's recruiting as well as the opponent scouting. During his final season, the team finished with a record above. 500 for the first time in 20-plus seasons. The team also had three players make the all-conference team during that season.
Throughout his time at Hartford and UConn, he also served as a head coach for the Husky Volleyball Club for seven years. He coached teams between the U15-U17 age group, having four of them qualify for junior nationals.
He received his undergraduate degree in 2011 from UConn with a degree in political science. He earned his masters in Athletic Administration from Springfield College in 2015.
He played volleyball at Glastonbury High School where he was a setter and earned all-state honors during his senior year. He also played four years of club volleyball at UConn and was the club president for three of those years.