American Volleyball Coaches Association Recognizes Baume
Once upon a time, Brittany Baume ’02 thought her future was in the medical profession. Less than a decade later, Baume has been recognized as one of the top young volleyball coaches in America with a Thirty Under 30 Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), announced in the February/March edition of the AVCA’s magazine Coaching Volleyball.
After teaching and coaching in Japan and then at nearby Urbana University, Baume returned to her hometown in 2005 to serve as the Tigers’ assistant volleyball and women’s basketball coach. With Baume as a coach, Wittenberg posted a staggering 140-17 overall record between 2005 and 2008, including a North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) regular season mark of 53-1. As a Wittenberg coach and player, Baume was a part of seven NCAC regular season titles, seven NCAC Tournament crowns, eight NCAA Division III Tournament appearances and three national semifinal finishes. She is also one of 12 student-athletes in program history to surpass the 1,000-kill plateau.
“The thing that makes Brittany a truly special coach is not just her excellent teaching and training style or her tireless work ethic, it’s the intangibles, like how much she cares about each player, the extra mile she will go for her co-workers, the attention to detail in the office and her profound love of volleyball,” said Head Coach Paco Labrador. “She faced quite a few challenges over the last few years and had to be more than just a coach to many Wittenberg volleyball and basketball players. She faces challenges with strength, poise and compassion.”