Brings NCAA Championship experience to the Dukes
Pheister comes to the Bluff after serving one season as an assistant at University of Arkansas. While in Fayetteville, Pheister helped the Razorbacks to a NCAA Championship berth with a 22-10 overall record and a second place finish in the SEC Western Division with a 13-7 record.
During the 2011 season, Pheister served as an assistant coach for Big East champion Cincinnati. The Bearcats finished with a 27-10 overall record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship. He was responsible for training and developing the team's setters, including All-Big East performer Caylin Mahoney.
As a player, Pheister is a graduated from Ball State in 2010 where he was a four-year letter winner as the team's setter. He was a three-time All- Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association selection and was a two-time team captain for the Cardinals. Pheister left Ball State with 4,103 career assists, the fourth-highest total in program history.
A native of Shorewood, Wis., he began his coaching career at Muncie Central High School in Muncie, Ind., where he was an assistant for the varsity team and head coach of the freshman squad. Pheister helped Muncie to the 2009 Indiana state championship. He also has club coaching experience that includes a third-place finish at the AAU national tournament by Junior Olympic team Munciana 14-1.