Honors and Awards:
2017 BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year.
Marquette head coach Ryan Theis will begin his sixth season at the helm of the Golden Eagles in 2019. Theis was named the fifth head women's volleyball coach in Marquette University history on Feb. 14, 2014.
Heading into the 2019 campaign Theis (pronounced TICE) is the 17th winningest coach in Division I with a 263-101 career record (.723 winning percentage) and a 119-47 record at Marquette. In his 11 years as a head coach he has never had fewer than 21 wins in a season with a career-best 28 victories with the Golden Eagles in 2018.
2018 was a banner year for Theis and Marquette as the 28 victories were a program-record for wins. The Golden Eagles earned an eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth and were seeded nationally (No. 14) for the first time in program history. A pair of sweeps in the first and second rounds over High Point and Cincinnati, respectively, sent Marquette to its first-ever Sweet 16 appearance and a program-best final ranking at No 15. Allie Barber was named to the AVCA All-American second team, Martha Konovodoff an honorable mention All-American and the Golden Eagles earned the AVCA team academic award. Barber was the AVCA East Coast Player of the Year, while along with Konovodoff, Jenna Rosenthal and Anna Haak, earned All-BIG EAST honors.
Theis guided Marquette to 22 wins and a 15-3 BIG EAST record in 2017, while reaching the finals of the 2017 BIG EAST Championship. Along with his staff, he earned BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year, while Allie Barber was selected as BIG EAST Player of the Year and Hope Werch earned Freshman of the Year honors. In addition, three Marquette players (Allie Barber, Jenna Rosenthal, Lauren Speckman) earned All-BIG EAST honors. The Golden Eagles earned a seventh-consecutive NCAA Tournament berth, falling in the first round to Wisconsin.
The 2016 campaign saw the Golden Eagles earn a sixth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, while four Marquette players earned All-Conference honors in Theis' third season on the bench. Allie Barber was named Co-BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and earned All-BIG EAST first team honors with Jenna Rosenthal, Taylor Louis and Meghan Niemann.
Rosenthal earned her first AVCA All-East Coast Region award in her career with Louis, while Niemann was an honorable mention honoree and Louis repeated as an AVCA All-American Honorable Mention.
The first year was a success under Theis' tenure as Marquette earned its fourth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament with a 24-9 overall record and 14-4 mark in the BIG EAST. Autumn Bailey, Lindsey Gosh and Meghan Niemann were selected to the BIG EAST All-Conference first team, while Bailey was named the Player of the Year. Bailey and Gosh also earned AVCA All-East Region honors.
Theis' second year on campus was also a success, as his Marquette squad finished the regular season with a 22-12 record overall and a 12-6 mark in the BIG EAST. Following the strong regular season showing, MU made its fifth-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Behind Theis, the Golden Eagles advanced to the tournament's second round after defeating UNI in opening round play. Taylor Louis and Meghan Niemann were recognized with BIG EAST All-Conference honors, and Louis was named an AVCA All-America Honorable Mention.
Theis, a 2000 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee graduate, returned to Milwaukee after a six-year tenure at Ohio University, where he led the squad to a record of 144-54 (.727). That mark placed him third in the history of the Mid-American Conference.
Under his leadership, the Bobcats made four NCAA Championship appearances, including a pair of trips to the second round (2009 and 2010), and claimed four MAC tournament championships. Both NCAA second round defeats came at the hands of seeded-hosts in pivotal fifth sets.
A two-time MAC Coach of the Year (2009 and 2013), Theis mentored three AVCA All-Americans during his tenure in Athens and helped 13 players earn all-conference accolades, including three conference player of the year selections.
Theis, a native of Madison, Wis., left Ohio tied with Ohio State head coach Geoff Carlston, whom he replaced in 2008, for the most victories in Bobcats' history with 144. He compiled a 79-17 (.823) record in league action at Ohio while winning three regular season league titles (six East Division championships) and was a combined 28-4 over his final two conference campaigns.
His 2013 team, which featured AVCA All-Americans Abby Gilleland and Kelly Lamberti, finished 27-6 overall, swept No. 8 Oregon and No. 21 Western Kentucky, and climbed as high as 18th in the AVCA Coaches' Poll. The Bobcats also ranked 23rd nationally in attendance in 2013 as an average of 1,719 fans packed the Convocation Center.
Theis also placed a great deal of emphasis on his student-athletes' success in the classroom as his squad's collective grade point average never dipped below a 3.28 during his final five years at Ohio and multiple players earned Academic All-MAC honors each season.
The team also achieved a top-10 APR score during the first four years of Theis' tenure and earned multiple AVCA Team Academic Awards.
Prior to his arrival in Athens, Theis accumulated eight years of NCAA Division I coaching experience at various stops. In addition to his coaching duties, he spent six of those years in the role of recruiting coordinator at three different institutions.
Theis spent two seasons at the University of Florida (2006-07) as offensive and recruiting coordinators. During his two seasons in Gainesville the Gators compiled an overall record of 59-6 (38-2 Southeastern Conference), won a pair of conference titles and advanced to the NCAA regional semifinals.
His first recruiting class at Florida, which comprised the Gators' freshman class in 2007, included two of the nation's top 30 high school players and rated among the 10 best classes in the country. Theis was also critical in the signing of the Gators' 2008 class, which featured four players in the national top 30, including the top overall recruit, and was named the nation's No. 1 class by PrepVolleyball.com.
He also helped teams at each of his previous assistant coaching stops - Northwestern, Indiana and Eastern Illinois - to NCAA tournament appearances.
Theis began his collegiate playing career at Milwaukee in 1996, but the program was discontinued after the season. He then served as head coach while playing for the UW-Milwaukee club team from 1997-00, and was a two-time All-Midwest 10 selection as a setter and a three-time team captain. In 1999-00, he also worked as a student assistant for the women's scholarship team while earning his bachelor's degree in kinesiology.
Theis and his wife, Jenny, have three sons, Carter, Caleb and Colby.