Stephen Ankney is heading into his third season as a volunteer assistant coach at Juniata. His primary role at the college is an academic counselor and resident director at the college.
Ankney said that the environment and people within the volleyball program make volunteering his time worth it.
“The dedication of the players and the coaching staff shines through in everything that we do,” Ankney said. “That’s a really addicting thing to be a part of.”
Juniata volleyball is well-respected in the volleyball world and having the opportunity to play a role in their continued success is something Ankney takes pride in.
“I’ve come to really care about the team over my time here,” Ankney said. “I really enjoy helping out.”
Ankney said that he continues to be impressed by his colleagues and is thankful for the opportunity to put in the time and effort towards the team’s success.
Before coming to Juniata, Ankney coached the Pittsburgh Renaissance 15-Red women’s team to the 2012-13 Keystone Regional Volleyball Association (KRVA) winter championship title. He also served as an assistant coach for the Obama Academy of International Studies women’s team in the fall of 2012.
At Ohio Northern University, Ankney competed for four years as a member of the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation Division II men’s club program as a middle blocker. The team finished in the top-10 of the NCVF standings during three of his four years with the program, including a third place finish in 2009.
He finished his career ranked top-25 in the ONU program record book for blocks per game, kills per game, solo blocks, and block assists,.