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Lizzy Stemke was named head coach of the University of Georgia women's volleyball program on Dec. 22, 2010. Stemke, the sixth head coach at Georgia since the program's inception in 1978, comes to Athens having spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Nebraska.
In her first season at the helm of the Bulldogs in 2011, Georgia went 11-19 overall including a 7-13 record in Southeastern Conference play finishing tied sixth in the league.
A former All-American and U.S. National Team member, Stemke helped guide the Huskers to a 116-15 record and four NCAA Volleyball Championship appearances during her time with the program. In Big 12 play from 2007-10, the Huskers went 72-8 with three Big 12 titles.
Stemke's roles at Nebraska included serving as the co-recruiting coordinator, offensive coordinator, setter training, video coordinator, academic and community involvement liaison, and assisting with summer camps and coaching clinics. She played a major role in the recruitment of a pair of top-10 recruiting classes, including the 2009 class that was ranked second nationally by Prepvolleyball.com. Her contributions to NU's success were noticed as she was named one of the country's top-10 assistant coaches by Volleyball Magazine in February of 2010.
Stemke coached two All-American setters at Nebraska in Sydney Anderson and Rachel Holloway. In 2009, Anderson became a two-time All-American, averaging 11.53 assists per set to help Nebraska to a sixth consecutive NCAA Regional Final. In 2008, Anderson earned second-team AVCA All-America honors ranking eighth nationally in assists at 11.60 per set, as the Huskers replaced four All-Americans from the previous season. In Stemke's first year at NU, the Huskers finished in the top three nationally in assists per set (16.42) and hitting percentage (.327) while Holloway finished her college career ranking ninth nationally with 13.58 assists per set.
Prior to Nebraska, Stemke was an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina from 2005-06. At UNC, Stemke served as setters' coach, handled opponent scouting and video exchange, recruiting, team travel and community outreach. In 2005, the Tar Heels won the Atlantic Coast Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Stemke also has additional experience coaching both at the collegiate and club levels. Since 2007, she has worked with setting and defensive clinics at the Nebraska Volleyball Academy while also assisting with numerous tryouts and summer camps with USA High Performance. Stemke spent the 2003 season as a volunteer assistant at the University of Central Florida, and the Knights won the Atlantic Sun Conference championship and reached the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history before finishing with a 23-7 record.
During her time in Florida, Stemke also co-founded the Team Orlando Volleyball Club and acted as its head recruiter and setter and defense clinic coordinator. She has also spent time working with the Triangle Setting Academy, the Wisconsin Power Volleyball Club, the All-American Volleyball Camps and Next Level Volleyball Camp.