JACKSONVILLE – Jacksonville State has turned to Todd Garvey to lead the Gamecocks volleyball program, athletics director Greg Seitz has announced.
Seitz named Garvey the seventh head coach of the Jacksonville State volleyball team on Friday, bringing a resume to JSU that includes a remarkable run at the prep level and then success as a Division I assistant.
He comes to the Gamecocks from Lipscomb University in Nashville, where he currently serves as the Associate Head Coach. Prior to that, he was an assistant at Purdue and then Ohio University.
“We are excited to open this new chapter in our volleyball program and have Coach Garvey join us as our new head coach,” Seitz said. “When looking for a new coach, it quickly became clear that Todd was the perfect fit to lead our program. He has had great success on multiple levels and is highly respected across the country. We’re thrilled to welcome him to the Gamecock family.”
Garvey also brings eight years of head coaching experience at the high school level. He led the Mercy Academy program in Louisville, Ky., from 2007-14, and racked up a 320-41 record and three state championships, including a 40-1 mark and the Prep Volleyball National Championship in 2014.
He was named the 2008 AVCA and USA Volleyball Magazine National Coach of the Year and while at Mercy he saw six of his eight teams earn a Top 20 national ranking.
” I would like to thank Greg Seitz and President Beehler for the opportunity to lead the Jacksonville State volleyball program,” Garvey said. “I also want to thank all of my mentors and people who have helped me along the way. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work with this team and University and look forward to building on the tradition that the coaches and players before me worked so hard to build. I can’t wait to get started.”
Garvey has been around the game his entire life and started his career as an assistant at Mercy Academy under his father, Ken Garvey. After taking over for his father in 2007, the Jaguars went 78-5 in his first two seasons and won the 2008 state title. They would go on to win state championships in 2009 and 2014, while finishing as runners-up in 2010 and 2012.
He moved from Mercy to Purdue, where he served as the Boilermakers’ volunteer assistant coach in 2015. That season, he helped guide Purdue to a 23-10 record and a 13-7 mark in Big Ten play, led by All-American middle Faye Adelaja. Three Boilermakers earned all-region honors by the AVCA, two were named to the All-Big Ten Team and eight were named Academic All-Big Ten.
From Purdue, Garvey moved to Ohio University, where the 2016 Bobcats went 16-14 overall and 11-5 in Mid-American Conference play. That 2016 team featured three All-MAC players and five Academic All-MAC honorees.
In 2017 at Lipscomb, Garvey helped the Bisons to a 16-13 record that featured a 3-1 win over No. 24 Arizona. He coached 2017 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year Carlyle Nusbaum, who led the conference and ranked fourth in the nation with 5.22 kills per set. She went on to earn all-region honors and was one of 12 players named to the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team for its China Tour.
Garvey also coached several years at the club level, starting with MAVA in Louisville with the 13-1, 14-1 and 17-1 teams, helping the squads win seven USAV national qualifiers. In 2006, his 13’s team won the USAV Junior Olympics title. In 2007, his 14’s team finished second in the AAAU National Championship open division. In 2012, his 14’s team finished fifth in the open division at the USAV Junior Olympics.
He then coached the Union Volleyball Club in Louisville, working with the 14-1 and 15-1 teams. In 2013, his team won the 15-Open division of the Wisconsin Dells Tournament and finished third at the AAU National Championship in the open division.
One of the AVCA’s 30 Under Thirty Award recipients in 2009, Garvey received the Kentucky Region 6 High School Coach of the Year award seven times since 2007. He also coached in the AVCA Under Armour High School All-America game in 2008.
He is a native of Louisville and graduated from the University of Louisville in 2003 with a degree in exercise physiology and sport administration.