Updated May 18, 2011
Tammi Fries enters her second season with Saluki Volleyball, her first as director of volleyball operations.
Fries (pronounced FREEZE) came to SIU from East Tennessee State, where she served as assistant coach from 2006 to 2011. Her primary responsibilities at ETSU were training middle and right side hitters and serving as the team's recruiting coordinator. She also assisted in practice planning and opponent scouting. Fries's tenure saw the Buccaneers average 18 wins per season over her five seasons, including a 26-9 record and an appearance in the Atlantic Sun Tournament championship match in 2010.
Four Bucs players earned all-conference accolades under Fries's tutelage, including first-team All A-Sun selections Alysa Long (2010) and Jennifer Sartor (2006). In addition to her duties at ETSU, Fries served as the coach of the Kingsport Volleyball Club during her time in Tennessee.
Prior to ETSU, Fries completed her master's degree in sport management in 2006 at the University of Florida. She was involved in coaching at the club and high school level during her two years in Gainesville, Fla., including stints with the Gainesville Juniors Volleyball Club and the Buchholz High School junior varsity team. She also served as operations intern for the University of Florida volleyball team during spring 2006.
Fries completed her bachelor's degree in athletic training in 2004 at Campbell University, where she was a four-year letterwinner for the Fighting Camels volleyball team. The Winnabow, N.C., native was voted Campbell's most valuable player in 2002 and served as a team captain in 2003. Fries earned academic all-conference honors all four years at Campbell.