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
For almost a decade Angela Mooney has been a fundamental figure for UTEP volleyball. Mooney, who has served as the program's top assistant coach since her appointment, is entering her 10th year in 2013.
Mooney has tutored four All-Conference performers, including three within the past two years. UTEP only had three players to be so recognized in the first 30 years of the program.
All three Miners to receive All-Freshman team accolades have occurred under her tenure, including a pair since she also took on the role of recruiting coordinator in 2007.
As a result of Mooney's coaching and leadership, UTEP's frontcourt defense has developed into an elite unit. She has mentored the Miners to four straight seasons with a top-80 national ranking for blocks per set, including 28th in the country with 2.60 blocks per set in 2009.
UTEP has also thrived in the classroom during her time in the Sun City. In 2011, Stephanie Figueroa became the first Miner since 1991 to be named an Academic All-American. Overall, UTEP has secured 48 academic awards since Mooney's arrival at the institution.
The Miners are also known for giving back to the community, an area which Mooney oversees. The volleyball team has accumulated the most service hours of any UTEP team on four different occasions.
Mooney has established herself as a respected individual in the production of the on campus and satellite volleyball camps. Her background as a club volleyball coach has proven to be essential in attracting top talent for the satellite camps.
The former Texas Tech standout has gradually helped build UTEP into a viable program. The Miners have 35 victories in the past two years, the most since compiling 37 from 1989-90.
Playing a big role in the Miners success has been Xitlali Herrera, who Mooney has personally mentored since 2011.
Herrera has earned both national and conference honors in back-to-back years. The senior is the only middle blocker that plays all six rotations for the Miners. In her first season with the squad, Herrera ranked 81st nationally and sixth in C-USA in blocks per set (1.11) and was named an AVCA All-Midwest Region Honorable Mention.
Last season, the all-around competitor registered 10 double-doubles, including an impressive 17 kills and 15 digs versus Tulsa leading UTEP's defensive and offensive efforts. She led the team in hitting percentage (.300) and rated second in kills (333), digs (290), blocks (101) and aces (20). Herrera became the second Miner in program history to earn consecutive All-Conference USA first team honors and was selected as a member of the AVCA Midwest All-Region team. The middle blocker concluded her junior campaign earning AVCA All-American Honorable Mention honors.
Also making an impact during the Miners' 2012 16-win campaign was senior Cassandra Burruel. The middle blocker checked in at No. 78 in the nation and No. 3 in C-USA in blocks per set (1.18).
Three players -- Jeane Horton, 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.
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.