UTEP women's volleyball head coach Ken Murphy has been named the 2012 Conference USA Coach of the Year.
Photos by Ivan Pierre Aguirre
The UTEP volleyball team defeating Southern Miss, 3-1. Photos by Ivan Pierre Aguirre
Angela Mooney concluded her eighth season as an assistant coach for the UTEP volleyball program in 2011.
She is an instrumental figure for the Miners, and she has a plethora of duties. Included among them are recruiting, training middle blockers, scouting the opposition, participating and running daily drills and organizing UTEP's annual summer volleyball satellite camp.
Mooney has played a pivotal role in developing UTEP's frontcourt defense into an elite unit since her arrival in the Sun City. She has mentored the Miners to three straight seasons with a top-80 national ranking for blocks per set.
UTEP was unranked in that category in 2004 & 2005 before Mooney's tutelage led to it tallying 1.82 blocks per set to secure a national rating of 258th in 2006. The Miners improved to 2.01 blocks per set in 2007 en route to climbing to 216th nationally before breaking through to the tune of 2.06 blocks per set for 121st across the nation in 2008.
The Orange and Blue vaulted up to 28th in the country with 2.60 blocks per set in 2009. In 2010, the Miners were ranked 42nd in the nation averaging .40 blocks per set. UTEP continued its net dominance in 2011 with 2.28 blocks per set to check in as one of the top programs in Conference USA.
Sophomore Xitlali Herrera ranked 81st nationally and sixth in C-USAin blocks per set (1.11) and became the second Miner in program history to be selected to the All-Conference USA first team. Herrera was also named a AVCA All-Midwest Region Honorable Mention.
Three players -- Jeane Horton, Cassandra Burruel and Patty Jarmoc -- ranked nationally in blocks per set in 2010, the most in the past decade. Horton was recognized for her play by being tabbed to the C-USA All-Freshman team. She was the lone freshman to rate amongst the lead leaders for blocks per set.
Mooney has extensive coaching experience at the club level. She coached for the Texas Power Volleyball Club from 2001-04. In her inaugural season as head coach, Texas Power won the Sun Country Regional Championship, qualifying for the 2004 Junior Olympic National Tournament. Mooney was an assistant for Texas Power the previous three years, helping the team make appearances at the AAU national tournament in 2001 and the National Invitational in 2002.
In 2005, Mooney teamed with the El Paso Sunspots Volleyball Club as the head coach of their top 18's team. The Sunspots' 18-Heat won the Sun Country Regional Championship, qualifying for the 2005 Junior Olympic National Tournament.
In 2009, Mooney captured her fourth regional championship in five years as head coach to the Sunspots 18's and again returned to the Junior Olympic National Tournament held in Miami, Fla. She was also named the co-head coach of the 2007 Sun Country High Performance team that competed in Ft Lauderdale, Fla. She currently coaches the 12's.
Mooney came to UTEP after a prolific volleyball career at Texas Tech University where she played from 2000-03. She tallied 930 kills, 348 digs and 229 blocks. She currently holds various hitting and blocking records. She was named Academic All-Big 12 in 2003.
The Lubbock native earned her bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech in May 2004. Mooney is married to David Herman. The couple welcomed their first child, Jacob Herman in June 2011.