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The University of Texas at Tyler has announced the hiring of Lyndsay Mashe to lead the Patriot volleyball program as its head coach. Mashe comes to UT Tyler from East Texas Baptist University where she produced a program-record 194 victories as its head coach over the past 10 seasons.
“We are thrilled to have someone with Lyndsay’s credentials as our new women’s volleyball coach,” said Dr. Howard Patterson, Vice President for Student Affairs. “Lyndsay is a proven winner on and off the court and the UT Tyler women’s team is excited to learn that Coach Mashe is coming to Tyler. She has knowledge and experience as a player and coach and temperament to take UT Tyler to the next level and beyond.”
Mashe brings exceptional volleyball acumen and leadership to UT Tyler after accumulating a 194-120 overall record and to 118 wins in the American Southwest Conference throughout her career. A Longview native, Mashe played high school volleyball at Longview Pine Tree and then two seasons at Panola College before becoming an All-ASC performer as a junior and senior from the setter and defensive specialist positions at ETBU. She spent one year at Atlanta High School as its head coach before taking over in Marshall in 2006 where she would become the all-time wins leader in program history. Mashe becomes the fifth head coach in UT Tyler program history and inherits a team that is coming off a 20-12 season.
“I am extremely excited about the opportunity at UT Tyler and I think the program has unbelievable potential,” Mashe said. “I have always been impressed by the facilities and the campus is beautiful. After speaking with Dr. Patterson and getting his vision for the program I felt like this was the right place for me. I truly believe we are going to do big things here and I cannot wait to get started.”
Mashe led her team to a 21-7 record last season and to an 8-3 record in ASC play. She has amassed a 47-14 conference record over the past four seasons. Her team established a program record by winning 32 matches in the 2013 season and she has recorded five 20-win seasons during her career. Mashe has helped guide the playing careers of three AVCA All-America selections (Kolby Sharp, Mallory Sanders and Adaeze Elonu) and has a pair of ASC East Division championships and postseason appearances in nine of 10 seasons. The 32 victories in 2013 is the single-season record in the history of any current ASC volleyball program.
“I want people to walk away thinking that my team always wins and loses with class, that they give 100-percent effort every time they step on the court and that they are always supportive of each other,” Mashe said. “I want my players to approach practice with the determination of getting better every day. As seasons get going, practice time decreases because of games, so you have to make sure you are making the most of every single day. As far as the approach to the matches I expect maximum effort and a winning mentality. We are going to play with a lot of energy and will be a fun team to watch.”
Mashe started her collegiate head coaching career in 2006 by leading the Tigers to a 15-2 conference record and securing the divisional championship. Her team would also win the ASC East Division in 2008 with a 14-3 conference record. That first year came after she coached Atlanta HS to a 24-10 record and to the second round of the Class 3A playoffs.
As a student-athlete, Mashe was a two-time all-conference setter at Panola College before transferring to ETBU where she played in 2003 as a libero/defensive specialist and in 2004 as a setter for the program she would eventually lead as its head coach. Mashe ranks fifth in ETBU history with 1,524 career assists in her two seasons with the Tigers where she also had 82 aces and was an ASC All-Academic selection as a senior.
A staple in the East Texas volleyball scene since her high school playing days, Mashe was an All-State performer for the Pine Tree Lady Pirates.
Mashe graduated from ETBU in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Education. She is married to Kris Mashe and they have one son, Brady, and one daughter, Peyton.
“I would like to thank Dr. Mabry, Dr. Patterson, and the search committee for this opportunity,” Mashe said. “Also, I would like to thank everyone at East Texas Baptist University for their support during the past 10 years. I am extremely honored to be the head coach at UT Tyler and look forward to building a championship program.”
On her coaching philosophy that she brings to the UT Tyler volleyball program:
“I have developed in several ways as a coach over the last 10 years but three stand out in my mind - first would be in my recruiting strategies. Recruiting is one of the most important parts of running a successful program. Second would be how we run practices. I started my career running several skill specific drills but now try to spend over half the practice running game-like drills and scrimmages. This keeps the pace of practice more intense and fun. Third would be the expectations of each player. I hold each player to high standard so that our team can achieve at a high level. My philosophy is to bring high energy to the team but expect discipline and execution.”
On how she was as a player at Longview Pine Tree, Panola and ETBU and how that influenced her career as a coach:
“I would describe myself as a very coachable player that always gave maximum effort. I would do whatever the team needed me to do in order to win. Winning always came first. Those are the type of players I am looking for at UT Tyler. A team-first mentality is a must. I want our players to be very supportive of each other and to always give their best effort.”
Lyndsay Mashe Information
Hometown: Longview, Texas
Family: Husband, Kris; Son, Brady; Daughter, Peyton
High School: Longview Pine Tree
College: ETBU ‘05
Overall Record: 194-120
2015: ETBU (Head Coach, 21-7)
2014: ETBU (Head Coach, 17-12)
2013: ETBU (Head Coach, 32-10)
2012: ETBU (Head Coach, 19-12)
2011: ETBU (Head Coach, 10-20)
2010: ETBU (Head Coach, 12-18)
2009: ETBU (Head Coach, 20-11)
2008: ETBU (Head Coach, 24-9)
2007: ETBU (Head Coach, 20-11)
2006: ETBU (Head Coach, 19-11)
2005: Atlanta High School (Head Coach, 24-10)