Doug Babington will begin his third year as assistant coach of the Red Raiders.
"The main thing that attracted me to this position was Nancy herself," noted Babington. "She is a great person and very well respected within the volleyball community. In hearing other people talk about her, they have nothing but positive things to say. I feel like this program is heading in the right direction, the Big 12 is a great conference and the facilities are wonderful. I think we can be very successful."
Prior to a two-year stint as assistant coach at Rice University, Babington spent two seasons as the head coach at Galveston College where he led the Whitecaps to a 59-29 record. After graduating from Tri-State University in Angola, Ind., with a B.S. in physical education (1995), he served as an assistant coach at Houston Baptist University (1996-98).
Over the past seven years Babington has worked at several volleyball camps including serving as guest camp director and court coach at Debbie Sokol's volleyball camp, as well as serving as head court coach of the Notre Dame volleyball camp for three years.
Along with his participation in numerous camps around the country, Babington is responsible for the running and coordinating of the Texas Tech Volleyball camps held every summer. Babington serves as Co-Camp Coordinator with Tech's second assistant coach Mike Moffitt.
Babington serves as the recruiting coordinator, as well as other assigned coaching duties. Babington's main duties with the team involve recruiting. With the state of college sports growing so competitive, Babington begins recruiting players starting as early as their sophomore year. His job requires him to travel extensively to visit and watch club and national tournaments around the U.S. to scout that new and rising talent.
"I feel my strongest asset is recruiting," said Babington. "I feel I can continue to bring in the type of athletes that have made this program successful, I have been involved in volleyball for the past 11 years, through playing in college and coaching, and have had success at each level."
During his time at Tech, Babington has also been the head coach of the Tech Men's Club Volleyball team, as well as the head coach of the U.S.A. Sun Country Regional High Performance Youth Team. Babington's team recently placed 8th in nationals at the High Performance Championships held in Austin, Texas, this past summer. The Sun Country region includes players from New Mexico and West Texas.
The Bridge City, Texas, native earned his master's degree in Health and Human Performance from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2001, while receiving his undergrad degree from Tri-State University where Babington also played collegiate volleyball.