The first head coach in South Carolina beach volleyball history, Moritz Moritz, enters his fourth season leading the program. The Gamecocks soared to new heights in 2016, setting a new program record for wins despite playing one of the most challenging schedules in the country.
It was a season chock-full of "firsts" for the team. The 2016 season marked the sport's first as a NCAA-sponsored championship sport, and the program also enjoyed its first season as a member of the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA). The team also won their first-ever matchup with a top-10 team, after the Gamecocks upset 10th-ranked Florida International in the semifinal round of the inaugural CCSA tournament. The team ended the season with a loss to eventual national champion Southern California, but were ranked 20th in the country by DiG Magazine.
The team will be battle-tested heading into 2017, after facing 18 teams that were ranked in the DiG Magazine national poll. The Gamecocks would bring home six wins against ranked opponents in 2016. Invidiually, Macie Tendrich and Katie Reilly set the school record for overall and dual wins in a season (26-10) and made the conference's All-Tournament team.
In Carolina's inaugural season in 2014, Moritz led the Gamecocks to five wins while facing a schedule that featured duals against three teams ranked in the AVCA Top 10, including national runner-up Florida State. In the second match of the season, Moritz guided the Gamecocks to the program's first victory on March 8, a 3-2 win over Jacksonville at the UNF Sand Invitational in St. Augustine Beach, Fla. In the program's first home dual, the Gamecocks defeated Oregon 4-1 on March 21 in front of 1,102 fans at the Carolina Beach Volleyball Complex. Moritz and the Gamecocks gained some momentum heading into the offseason as they claimed a 3-2 win over College of Charleston at home to close out the season.
During the 2015 season, Moritz guided Carolina to a 14-7 record, which is nearly triple the win total of the program's inaugural season, and a No. 17 ranking in the final DiG Magazine Poll. South Carolina's pairs combined for an 83-58 overall record, including a 65-40 mark in dual play. Four Gamecock pairs finished the season with winning records.
From 2011-12, Moritz worked with the Gamecock indoor team, concentrating his on-court work with middle blockers and all defenders. The 2011 Gamecocks led the SEC in digs per set, and Gamecock libero Paige Wheeler earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors twice. He also assisted in scheduling, scouting, recruiting, video breakdown, game and practice planning and work with the Gamecock academic program.
Moritz spent five seasons at Idaho, where he worked as the defensive coordinator as well as film breakdown, academics and the Vandals' community service efforts. Idaho never finished below .500 in Western Athletic Conference play during Moritz's time with the team.
Prior to moving to Moscow, Moritz spent eight years in the Fort Collins, Colo., area. He worked at Colorado State as a volunteer assistant coach for five years and as an interim assistant coach for another while also working with the Norco Junior Volleyball Club and as an assistant coach for a season at Fort Collins High. His first coaching job came in California as an assistant coach with Pacific Palisades High School and with the Island Juniors club.
Married to the former Kevann Tuell, the couple has two children, son Curren and daughter Gracyn. Moritz earned his bachelors from Colorado State in 2006.
Moritz's Coaching Timeline
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