Colleen Bayer is in her fourth season as an assistant coach for the University of Georgia. Bayer’s on-court training responsibilities include the training of Georgia’s pin hitters and passers and assists in the coordination of the offense.
Off the court, Bayer is the liaison to academics, strength and conditioning and nutrition. Since taking over the academic oversight, the Bulldogs have had 20 players named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. In 2014, Georgia posted a 3.22 team GPA, which was the fifth highest among all women’s teams at Georgia.
She also serves as the director of camps, community outreach and alumni relations and helps freshmen make the transition to college.
Prior to her time at Georgia, Bayer spent seven seasons as the assistant coach at Wisconsin. While there, she assisted with recruiting efforts, academics, alumni relations, camps and team development.
Bayer was a four-year letter winner at Wisconsin from 1995-98. She played her first two seasons as a defensive specialist and back-up setter. Bayer took over the starting setter job as a junior and senior, earning All-Big Ten honors in 1997 and 1998. She was also a two-time AVCA All-District 2 selection and was named to the 1997 and 1998 NCAA Regional All-Tournament teams, leading the Badgers to top-eight finishes. Bayer was the Badgers’ team captain in 1998 and also earned two Academic All-Big Ten honors. With Bayer setting, Wisconsin won the 1997 Big Ten Championship and finished second in 1998.
Following her collegiate career, Bayer played with the United States Professional Volleyball league. She was a member of the USPV Dream Team in 1999-2000. Bayer played professionally with USC-Muenster in Muenster, Germany, in 2000 before returning to play one year with the Minnesota Chill of the USPV. She served as the captain of the Chill, which won the 2002 USPV league title.
Bayer served as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Sting Volleyball Club in 1996 and with the Wisconsin Select Volleyball Club in 1997. In 2000, Bayer worked as an assistant coach with the 16-1 team of the Sports Performance Volleyball Club. Her team finished ninth in the country and won the AAU National Championship.
Bayer was the head freshman coach and varsity assistant coach at St. Charles (Ill.) East High School in 2001, aiding the varsity squad to the Illinois state championship. Since 2002, she worked at the Great Lakes Center in Aurora, Ill., as a sales assistant and office manager. A native of Pewaukee, Wis., and a graduate of Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha, Wisc., Bayer graduated from Wisconsin in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies. She and her husband, Dave, are the parents of three children: Max, Ben and Samantha.