Assistant Coach, University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
NCAA Division I
Chris Gaskill just completed his first season as assistant volleyball coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Iowa, where he is currently the youngest assistant coach in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes finished 2008 with the program's most overall wins, 14, and most conference wins, 6, since the 2000 season. Gaskill came to Iowa from Illinois State University, following head coach Sharon Dingman, when she took the reigns of the Hawkeye program in 2008.
With already over 100 wins as an assistant coach, Gaskill has high aspirations for his team and for himself. "I want to help get Iowa volleyball into the Top 25 and then become a head volleyball coach at the Division I level," he said. "One day I would also like to be more involved with the highest level of our women's program here in the U.S."
Before his one-year stint at Illinois State, Gaskill was an assistant coach at Appalachian State University for five seasons. He started at Appalachian State as a student assistant while getting his degree and playing volleyball for Lees-McRae College.
"Chris has worked hard to get where he is and he has a great vision for the game and also big goals of where he wants his career to be," said Lees-McRae assistant coach Megan Wargo. "He creates strong relationships with his players and pushes them to their limits."