Brian Smith finished his sixth season as the head coach of the Millersville volleyball team in 2015. Since taking over the program in 2010, Smith has returned the Marauders to perennial postseason contenders and mentored numerous players to record-setting careers and awards.
Smith, a 1987 graduate of Millersville University, led the program to back-to-back PSAC Tournament appearances in 2012 and 2013–a first at Millersville since 2004-05. He has coached nine All-PSAC East honorees including three-time honoree Brooklyn Smith, who was also named PSAC East Defensive Athlete of the Year in 2013. Brooklyn went on to set the school record for digs in a career with 2,429.
Two of Smith’s players–Allison Huss and Katie Lesinski–entered into rare company at Millersville, totaling 1,000 career kills. They are two of just eight Marauders to reach the milestone. Lesinski also won the PSAC East Freshman of the Year Award in 2011.
Smith’s players have set records in career blocks and career digs. Three of his setters rank in the top 10 in career assists and three others rank in the top 10 in career service aces. In 2015, Brooklyn Smith became the program’s all-time leader in digs with 2,429 for her career.
Smith inherited a program that had missed the postseason for four consecutive seasons and had not posted an above-.500 record in a decade. Smith quickly turned the Marauders fortunes with a postseason appearance in 2012. The Marauders then turned in a 16-16 record and 11-11 conference mark in 2013, marking the program’s first .500 league record since 2005. The upward trend continued in 2015 as the Marauders finished 18-15 and posted the best start in program history (7-0) despite suffering season-ending injuries to its top two offensive players.
Prior to becoming the head coach, Smith was the program’s assistant in 2010. For the four years prior, Smith served as a coach with the LAVA club volleyball team and has been the club director for the last three years. Smith also spent the 2008 season as an assistant at Franklin & Marshall.
In addition to his work at Franklin & Marshall and with LAVA, Smith coached the girls’ junior varsity team at Lancaster Mennonite for four years before taking over the boys’ varsity program for four years. He is also a current board member in the Keystone Region and a USAV official.
Smith gained playing experience during his time in the United States Marine Corps. From 1991-93, Smith was a member of the All-Marine Corps Volleyball Team. He also played at the USAV AA, A and B levels for 14 years.
Smith graduated from Millersville in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in speech communications.
NVA 18 Black
Named PSAC Central Athlete of the Week in week one…Led the team in block assists with 53…Second in kills (236), points (297.5), attack percentage (0.333)…Totaled 54 digs and 14 service aces…Had a season-high 17 kills and 22.5 points against Daemen…Owned a team-best .244 hitting percentage…Recorded 11 kills without an error prior to injury against Shippensburg…Two or more blocks in 18 matches…Opened the season with five consecutive matches with double-digit kills…Totaled 51 kills to just 10 errors in that stretch…Totaled three service aces against East Stroudsburg.
2015 (Match by Match): Ceriani played in 33 matches and 153 sets as a sophomore totaling 254 kills, 14 solo blocks, 48 block assists, 73 digs, eight digs and four service aces…Ceriani had a career-high 16 kills against Wilmington and seven digs against Mercyhurst.
2014 (Match-by-Match): Appeared in a total of 15 matches and 33 sets during her freshman campaign…Tallied 31 kills at a rate of 0.94 per set on 113 total attacks…Also registered one assist, 11 digs, one solo block, 16 block assists, and that equated to 0.52 blocks per set…Her season high in kills was five and she did it in back-to-back matches at Elizabethtown on Oct. 22 and in Pucillo against Cheyney on Oct. 24…Tallied the one assist on Oct. 10 vs. Mercyhurst and had a season high three digs in that same match as well as a personal best four total blocks against the Lakers.
High School: Was a seven-time letterwinner at Northern High School in both volleyball and basketball…For volleyball, her team was second in conference and made it to the playoffs both her junior and senior seasons…Holds the school record for blocks in a single game (9), blocks in a career (126) and she is first among the school’s middle hitters in kills and digs…Was named to the All-Mid-Penn First Team, the District Three Second Team, the all-star team for the Big Spring Tournament…She attended Senior Spike Fest…Received the Unsung Hero Award for basketball in 2012…Member of the honor roll.
Personal: Daughter of Gary and Karen Ceriani…Has two older sisters…Majoring in psychology.