“I am excited to announce Tyler Wills as the next head coach of our men’s volleyball program,” commented Bartelt. “Tyler is the exact type of person we were looking for with the passion and drive for the game to grow our young program. He has a bright future in coaching and I’m honored he has joined our Sabre family.”
Wills comes to Marian after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach for women’s volleyball at Transylvania. The Pioneers went 43-16 over the past two seasons including a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship this past season after going 28-5 with a perfect 8-0 mark in conference play. This earned Transylvania a trip to the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history where the Pioneers were eliminated by eventual national runner-up Emory. Transylvania closed out the final national poll ranked 19th in the nation.
“First off, I would like to thank Jason Bartelt, my family, and the great coaches who have helped me to get here,” commented Wills. “I can’t wait to get in the gym and look forward to building a program that competes every day, excels in the classroom, and is a standout when it comes to campus and community involvement. Marian is on the rise and the men’s volleyball program especially is. I love the game and can’t wait to instill that passion and competitiveness in the guys.”
Prior to his time at Transylvania, Wills spent one season at Buena Vista where he served as a recruiting coordinator and spearheaded scouting operations. The 2017 season saw the Beavers go 22-10 reaching the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament championship.
Wills also spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Louisville prior to Buena Vista. While at Louisville, Wills was part of a coaching staff that led the Cardinals to a 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference championship. During his first season at Louisville, the Cardinals went 24-7, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He also spent time coaching U-17 teams for the Kentucky Indiana Volleyball Association during his time in Kentucky. Under Wills, those teams placed third and second, respectively at the AAU National Tournament in 2016 and 2017.
His playing career saw him compete at NAIA member Clarke University where he was a standout all four years of his career. Wills was a four-time AVCA All-American, a four-time all-conference first-team selection, and a two-time conference player of the year. In 2014, Wills led Clarke to a third-place finish at the NAIA National Tournament.
Wills is a native to Dubuque, Iowa and earned a bachelor of arts in business finance with minors in accounting and sport management while at Clarke.