Named head coach on Jan. 15, 2009, Ashley Hardee has quickly transformed University of North Dakota volleyball into a powerhouse program.
In the best start by a head coach in UND history, Hardee raked in two Great West Conference regular season titles, three GWC tournament titles, and a pair of GWC Coach of the Year accolades before leading his team to a successful first year in the Big Sky Conference in 2012. His impressive 88-33 record (.727) is easily the winningest percentage in UND history.
In 2010, the Fighting Sioux finished 25-5 overall and went a perfect 12-0 in the Great West Conference to capture their second consecutive regular season title and tournament crown. The Sioux finished the season on a UND record 15-match winning streak and set a new school record when 1,038 fans showed up to watch the Fighting Sioux take down South Dakota on Oct. 14.
Named GWC Coach of the Year, Hardee wasn't the only one honored for a tremendous season. Junior Annika Smed was named the 2010 Great West Conference Tournament MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates senior Erin Joki and freshman Erica Turner. To cap off an outstanding season and career, Joki was named the GWC Player of the Year.
Freshman Ellen Krueger received GWC Setter of the Year honors and was named to the GWC All-Newcomer along with classmate Ronnie Munkeby.
Joki, Krueger, Smed, and junior Devin Trefz were named to the All-GWC first team. Joki, Munkeby, Smed and Trefz also received GWC all-academic honors.
In his first year at the helm, Hardee led the Fighting Sioux to both a regular season title and the inaugural Great West Conference tournament championship.
The Sioux reeled off a 22-6 record overall, an 11-1 mark in league play and went undefeated at home for the first time in program history. The six setbacks were also the fewest ever by a Sioux squad in program history.
Hardee, who was the only one of 21 first-year Division I head coaches to lead his team to a conference title, closed out his rookie season with a 12-match winning streak.
For their efforts, three Sioux earned all-tournament honors and senior Megan Langseth captured MVP honors. Langseth also earned Setter of the Year accolades and was named to the All-Great West first team along with teammates Britta Hanson and Trefz. Smed was named to the second team to give the Sioux a league-high four players on the all-conference teams.
In addition, Hanson, Smed, Trefz and Joki earned Academic All-Great West honors for their efforts in the classroom.
Hardee arrived at UND following an eight-year stint at New Mexico State University, where he was promoted to associate head coach in 2008 after spending the previous seven seasons at NMSU as an assistant coach. As a member of the NMSU staff, Hardee helped guide the Aggies to five NCAA Division I postseason appearances and an AVCA Top 25 ranking in each of his last three seasons.
The Aggies went 210-52 (.802) overall and 110-14 (.887) in conference play during Hardee's tenure, including six 25-win seasons.
In 2008, Hardee and the Aggies qualified for their fifth NCAA tournament in the past six seasons and advanced to the second round for the first time in program history. NMSU went 26-9 overall and 15-1 in conference play, capturing the school's first WAC regular season championship under 2008 WAC Coach of the Year Mike Jordan. NMSU was ranked 25th nationally entering the NCAA tournament.
Hardee tutored seven all-conference first team selections in eight seasons, including four in 2008. He also coached three-time AVCA All-American Kim Oguh and a pair of ESPN the Magazine Academic All-Americans. Hardee also served as NMSU's recruiting, academic and summer camp coordinator.
Hardee, a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association, also boasts a wealth of head coaching experience at the club level. He coached the Diamondback Volleyball Club in Las Cruces, N.M., from 2003-07 and twice qualified for the Junior Olympic Nationals. During that same period, Hardee was a Sun Country Region (SURVA) High Performance Head Coach for USA Volleyball and won a national championship in 2006.
Prior to that, Hardee spent two seasons as head volleyball coach at J.H. Rose High School in Greenville, N.C., where he amassed a 40-9 record and won back-to-back conference championships in 1998 and 1999. In 1998, Hardee was named Big East Conference 4A Coach of the Year.
Hardee received a bachelor's degree in health and human performance with an academic concentration in mathematics from East Carolina University in May 2000. Ashley and his wife, Dori, have two sons, Noah and Dylan.
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