SHANNON THOMPSON | ASSISTANT COACH
Shannon Thompson enters her second season as an assistant coach on the Campbell volleyball staff.
"I am really looking forward to working with Shannon," head coach Greg Goral said at the time of her hiring. "I feel that her success both collegiately and professionally will provide our players a blueprint for how to achieve their goals and grow both offensively and defensively. Shannon is an insightful and intelligent woman who will help us with running effective practices, recruiting quality athletes, and managing the day to day operations of the program. Most of all, she is someone with the right personality for this program; very positive, efficient, hardworking and enjoyable to interact with."
A native of Moorpark, Calif., Thompson comes to Buies Creek following one season as an assistant volleyball coach at College of William & Mary. Working primarily with the middle blockers, Thompson guided freshman standout Julia Brown to All-CAA Rookie Team honors in 2017. Brown totaled 106 blocks - the second-most in program history - along with 293.0 points and 212 kills for the Tribe last season.
Prior to her time in Williamsburg, Thompson served as an assistant coach for two seasons at her alma mater, UMass Boston. She helped lead the Beacons to back-to-back Little East Conference titles and NCAA Division III tournament berths, including an impressive 29-5 overall record in 2016. With Thompson as an assistant coach, UMass Boston players totaled five All-America honors, while the Beacon offense improved from 11.21 kills per set and a 0.182 attack percentage in 2014 (the year before she rejoined the team), to 12.47 kills per set and a 0.249 attack percentage in 2016.
Before she began her coaching career, Thompson spent two years as a professional volleyball player in Europe with VC Tirol, based in Innsbruck, Austria.
A three-time AVCA All-American, Thompson enjoyed a wealth of success at UMass Boston from 2009-12. She ended her collegiate career as a four-time LEC First Team all-conference selection and a three-time LEC Offensive Player of the Year. During her four seasons with the Beacons, Thompson helped UMass Boston to an overall record of 108-27 (.800), including four-straight conference tournament titiles and two NCAA Division III Regional crowns.
Thompson graduated from UMass Boston in 2013 with her bachelor's degree in exercise health science before completing her M.B.A. in marketing from UMass Boston in 2017.
RYAN MASON | ASSISTANT COACH
Ryan Mason joins the Campbell volleyball coaching staff after serving as a volunteer assistant coach at Clemson for one season.
As a member of the Tigers volleyball staff, Mason helped lead Clemson to a 19-15 record, including a pair of playoff wins in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship. He was the lead coach for defensive scout video sessions and was the positional lead coach for middle blockers and opposite hitters, while also assisting with offensive tempo and schemes.
Away from the court, he assisted the recruiting coordinator with on-campus visits, and he authored and implemented match-serving strategies.
Before his time at Clemson, Mason was an assistant coach at his alma mater Cal State Northridge (CSUN), serving the men’s volleyball program from 2017-18. He guided the Matadors to a 16-11 record in 2018, picking up their first postseason victory in five years.
Mason was a setter for the Matadors from 2010-15, earning a redshirt year in 2011. He appeared in four matches and six sets in 2013, primarily as a serving specialist, and recorded a pair of digs.
A native of Torrance, Calif., Mason had two stints as head coach of the Supernova All-Stars Volleyball Club, leading his squad to a 15-1 record in 2014-15 before a 16-1 mark in 2017-18. He also served as a trainer at the VIBE Volleyball Lab in El Segundo, Calif., from 2017-18.
Mason earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from CSUN in 2015 and is currently pursuing a master’s of coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University of Irvine.