On December 10, 2018, Southern Arkansas University Department of Athletics announced that an agreement had been met with Lindsey Partridge to be the new Head Coach of the Mulerider Volleyball program. Finalization of Partridge's hire is pending final approval by the SAU Board of Trustees.
"After conducting an extensive nationwide search, I truly believe our search committee has chosen an outstanding coach that I feel like can take our volleyball program to new heights," noted SAU Director of Athletics, Steve Browning.
"Lindsey's experience in the Central Region, knowledge of the game, and her ability to translate that knowledge is what allowed her to rise to the top of a strong candidate pool. Our volleyball program has a storied history and I look forward to working alongside Lindsey to get our volleyball program back to its winning ways," added Browning.
"I want to thank Athletic Director Browning and Dr. Berry for this incredible opportunity. Southern Arkansas Volleyball has a fantastic future ahead of them and I'm just blessed that I got chosen to be a part of it," remarked Partridge. "The people I've already met, including the team, and the facilities on campus won me over. I'm excited to be a part of an already wonderful tradition at SAU and part of the community of Magnolia. Expectations are high and I can't wait to hit the ground running."
Partridge, who becomes the ninth head coach of the Mulerider Volleyball program since 1977, comes to Southern Arkansas from Northern State University where she spent three seasons, including two as a full-time assistant coach, with the nationally-prominent Wolves of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).
During her time in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Partridge helped lead the program to 65 wins in her three seasons, which included nine victories over programs ranked in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division II Top 25 with six of those wins coming against teams ranked in the poll's top ten. Additionally, Northern State appeared in back-to-back Central Region Tournaments in 2017 and 2018 with the most recent appearance coming on the heels of the program's first NSIC Conference Championship and a school-best 26 wins.
No stranger to the national spotlight, Partridge, in her three seasons at NSU, was a part of a program that spent a total 42 weeks in the AVCA Division II Top 25, including ten weeks in 2018 among the nation's top five, while spending two weeks as the top team in the country.
Following her first year as a graduate assistant coach in 2016 and upon her promotion to full-time assistant coach, Partridge became the team's defensive coordinator where she was in charge of blocking schemes and floor defense. She also took over as the program's recruiting coordinator and handled all aspects of in-season travel, scouting and planning.
In Partridge's two seasons overseeing the Wolves' defense, Northern State posted back-to-back campaigns with opponent hitting percentages under .180 and as a unit recorded over 1,700 digs and 200.0 total blocks in both 2017 and 2018 against formidable NSIC competition.
This past season, Partridge helped guide the unit to top-five marks in the NSIC in opponent hitting percentage (.169), digs (1,892) and total blocks (218.5). She also served as middles position group coach and this past fall that unit was part of a Wolves offensive attack that led the nation in hitting percentage (.292) with middles Jenna Reiff (2x All-NSIC) and Morgan Baufield both ranking in the top 30 individually in Division II in that category.
Before becoming a graduate assistant at Northern State, Partridge played collegiately at Missouri Western State University of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA). During her five-year stint as a middle hitter for the Griffons, the Savannah, Missouri, native was an All-MIAA selection her senior season and a four-time recipient of MIAA Academic Honor Roll plaudits. Overall, she appeared in 98 matches and 331 sets where she registered 477 career kills at an attack percentage of .219, and added 260.0 total blocks.
In addition to her dynamic collegiate coaching and playing experience, Partridge has spent considerable time on the club circuit with the North East South Dakota Junior Olympic 16u team (2017), the Kusler Klinics 18u club team (2017), and the St. Joe Storm Volleyball Club 13u and 14u teams (2014-16). While at NSU, Partridge was also in charge of organizing and helping run summer camps and tournaments.
Academically, Partridge received her Bachelor of Science in Education (Elementary Education) from Missouri Western State University in 2016 and obtained her Master of Science in Education in Sport Performance and Leadership from Northern State University in 2017.
Graduate Assistant Coach
Meg Grose enters her first season as a graduate assistant for the Mulerider Volleyball program. In 2018, Grose will oversee day-to-day volleyball operations among several other responsibilities within the program, which will include working specifically with the SAU setters.
Grose comes to Magnolia and joins Coach Davis’ staff after a collegiate playing career at NAIA-Division I Peru State College (Neb.). A four-year starting setter for the Bobcats from 2014-2017 and a two-time team captain as a junior and senior, Grose recorded 1,405 assists at 3.94 assists per set and 112 service aces to finish with career marks among the program’s top 10 in both statistical categories. Additionally, Grose notched 535 career digs.
In her four years at PSC, Grose helped lead the program to a combined 94 wins, the winningest four-season stretch since the turn of the millennium, which included three seasons with 24 or more victories and an impressive 32-9 mark in 2016.
A standout prep player at Peoria High School (Ariz.), Grose was a four-year starting setter for the Panthers where she garnered All-District, All-Section and All-State honors.
Grose, a native of Peoria, Arizona, brings a strong volleyball IQ, quality coaching experience and strong leadership skills in addition to her collegiate and prep playing experience to the Mulerider Volleyball program.
Since 2013, Grose has been involved with multiple club teams which included coaching 14-, 15-, and 16-year-olds at the White Tank Mountain Volleyball Club and the American Sports Center in Avondale-Goodyear, Arizona. During those stints, Grose was responsible for on-court coaching, practice planning, and player and skill development.
Additionally, Grose assisted the 15u National Team for Club Legacy in Omaha, Nebraska. Most recently, Grose worked for Code Blue Volleyball on the campus of PSC where she organized and conducted team practices and games as well as developed and coordinated competitive programs, while also focusing on player and skill development.
Grose graduated from Peru State College in May of 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. During her time at PSC, Grose was a four-time honoree on the Dean’s List and a two-time Heart of America Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete. As a senior, Grose was named an NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete.
Her high academic achievement was a part of the Bobcat Volleyball Program earning American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Honors in all four of her seasons, while the team also ranked in the Top 10 academically among NAIA programs in 2016-17 and 2017-18.
Furthermore, Grose was a four-year member of the Bobcats’ Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and served as the organization’s vice president from 2016-2018.