Hampton has been a key factor in developing a talented young core that boosted the program to its highest win total since 2012, as South Carolina went 18-12 in 2016. Freshmen Mikayla Shields, Courtney Koehler, Claire Edwards and Alicia Starr each played major roles for the team in their first seasons, and enter 2017 as players to watch for the Gamecocks.
In 2015, she helped recruit a stellar class of six freshmen who combined to start 43 matches and play major roles across every position. Aubrey Ezell would be a highlight, as she earned three weekly SEC awards and was named to the conference’s All-Freshman team at the end of the year.
Hampton spent the 2013 season as an assistant coach at Butler University and brings a wealth of experience as a coach and player to the Gamecock staff. A native of Richmond, Ind., Hampton works on the offensive side with the Gamecocks’ outside hitters and middle blockers.
With the help of Hampton, the Bulldogs had their best season of head coach Sharon Clark’s 14-year tenure in 2013 as they went 24-8 overall and 11-5 in BIG EAST play. Hampton helped outside hitter Belle Obert (first team), middle blocker Erica Stahl (first team) and setter Morgan Peterson (second team) earn All-BIG EAST honors. Stahl was also named first team All-East Region by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Prior to coaching at Butler, Hampton served as head coach at Niagara in 2012. She guided the Purple Eagles to a 15-14 record, including a 12-6 mark in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Under the tutelage of Hampton, outside hitter Kari Honomichl was named MAAC Player of the Year, becoming the first Niagara player to earn the honor.
Hampton has also served as an assistant coach at Pittsburgh, George Mason and Indiana. During the 2011 season, she helped the Panthers to an 18-15 record. From 2007-11 Hampton was an assistant coach at George Mason and worked with the middle blockers, setters and defensive specialists. During the 2009 season, Hampton played an integral role in leading the Patriots to a 23-9 overall record and a Colonial Athletic Association Conference title, earning an NCAA Tournament berth. Middle blocker Holly Goode was named the CAA Player of the Year and AVCA All-East Region with Hampton’s guidance in 2009.
Hampton gained her first assistant coaching experience at Indiana from 2005-06, working with the Hoosiers’ middle blockers. Middle blocker Mandy Eberle set single-season records for block assists and total blocks for the Hoosiers in 2005.
Coaching club volleyball has also been a big part of Hampton’s career. She began with the Indy Juniors in 2002 and last coached a club team in 2011-12 with the Pittsburgh Elite. Her 2004 Indy Juniors 18-1 squad qualified for the USA Nationals, and every senior earned a spot on a collegiate roster.
During her playing days, Hampton was a standout for IPFW from 1994-97. She garnered AVCA All-America honors and was a three-time GLVC All-Conference and two-time All-Region selection. Hampton, who was inducted into the IPFW Hall of Fame in 2010, was also a two-time IPFW Player of the Year. She earned her degree in communications with a minor in media production from Purdue University while attending IPFW.
Following her playing career at IPFW, Hampton played as an outside hitter in the European Professional league, playing in Finland, Italy, Portugal and Turkey from 1998-2001. Hampton is married to Arisca Hampton. The couple resides in Columbia.
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