- David Boos
Dave Boos, a renowned volleyball coach with 20 years of experience at the highest level, enters his sixth season at Florida in 2015, his fifth as associate head coach for the Gator volleyball program.
Boos, a defensive mastermind who is involved in all aspects of the Florida program, was instrumental in guiding the Gators to their 13th undefeated SEC season and the program’s 21st SEC title in 2014. Florida held its opponents to just a .172 hitting efficiency, tops in the SEC, while the Gators additionally ranked second in the league in blocks (2.37/s) and first in aces per set (1.53). The middle blocker duo of Simone Antwi and Rhamat Alhassan tag-teamed for two All-America honors, while Alhassan additionally paced the NCAA with her .458 hitting efficiency en route to SEC and AVCA Regional Freshman of the Year honors.
The Gators had arguably its best passing trio in the back row last season with three seniors in Maddy Monserez, Holly Pole and Taylor Unroe, who stabilized UF on serve-receive and set up the potent offense for the Orange and Blue.
Boos crafted a stellar 2013 campaign for the Gators, highlighted by SEC Libero of the Year honors for Unroe, marking just Florida’s second defensive player of the year honor. Florida paced the SEC by holding its opponents to just a .173 hitting efficiency, while registering 170 service aces (1.57/s), first in the conference. Unroe was tops in the SEC with her 0.38 service aces per set, 41 overall, while ranking in the top 10 in the league with 3.84 digs per set. First Team All-American senior middle blocker Chloe Mann, a candidate for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, registered 0.85 blocks per set -- top 20 in the conference -- to balance out her potent .506 hitting percentage, but it was sophomore AVCA All-Southeast Region Honorable Mention honoree Simone Antwi who led the Orange and Blue with 0.89 blocks per set. Antwi, who played on the USA Volleyball Collegiate National Team on the European tour over the summer, paced UF with 96.0 total blocks.
In his third season, Boos continued to impact the Gators’ defensive scheme and service efforts in 2012, as UF tallied 269 blocks as a team with First Team All-American Mann averaging 1.15/set. Florida led the SEC in opponent hitting percentage (.164) and was top five in blocks (2.45/set) and service aces (1.43/set). Unroe was top five in the SEC in digs her junior campaign (4.40/set) and service aces (.32/set) while also registering the best serve receive percentage in the nation (.963).
The Gators’ defense was phenomenal in 2011, as Florida registered 2.38 blocks/set (third in the SEC) with both starting middle blockers averaging nearly a block/set. The Gators’ service game was equally stellar, leading the SEC in aces/set (1.56). Senior outside hitter Kristy Jaeckel averaged .42 aces/set to lead the SEC and rank 27th in the nation, and senior setter/right-side hitter Kelly Murphy was fifth in the conference with .32 aces/set.
Boos made a dynamic impact during the 2010 campaign, primarily with the team’s defensive scheme and service efforts. Those two areas flourished in Boos’ first season with the Gators as Florida led the Southeastern Conference in both blocks per set (2.84) and service aces per set (1.64). The Gators ranked 10th nationally in rejections per frame and 21st in the country in aces per set. Junior middle blocker Cassandra Anderson led the conference and ranked 28th in the nation in blocks per set at 1.27, while junior right-side/setter Kelly Murphy was the conference leader and 32nd in the country in service aces per set at 0.40.
Boos joined the Gators after spending three seasons as the head coach at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. He re-built a storied Cardinals program, tripling the team's win total from his first season in his final year of 2009. Exemplifying his prowess as a recruiter, four players from Boos' 2010 recruiting class were named to PrepVolleyball.com's list of Senior Aces.
Boos re-united with Wise after serving as her assistant coach on the USA A2 Women's National Team in May 2006. On that squad, he acted as defensive coordinator, while assisting in practice planning and opponent scouting. Additionally, his international experience includes serving as a coaching intern on the USA National Training Team in February 2003.
Boos joined Ball State after five seasons as the associate head coach at Minnesota from 2002-06 under former head coach Mike Hebert. He helped the Gophers to a 142-38 overall record, including an 80-20 Big Ten mark.
Minnesota reached the NCAA Tournament in each of Boos' five years on the staff, earning trips to the national semifinals in 2003 and 2004, including the school's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division I National Championship match in 2004. He also assisted a team that captured the program's first ever Big Ten Championship in 2002.
Prior to joining the Minnesota coaching staff, Boos spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Indiana (1999-2001), where he helped guide the Hoosiers to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1999. Boos began his collegiate coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Wisconsin-Oshkosh from 1995-98.
Over his coaching career, Boos has helped guide his student-athletes to 33 Academic All-Big Ten selections, 14 All-Big Ten honors, 12 AVCA All-Region awards, 10 AVCA All-America accolades, four Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors, four NCAA Division III All-America selections, one Big Ten Player of the Year and one NCAA Division III Player of the Year.
Boos was a player for the Wisconsin-Oshkosh men's club team from 1994-1999 and served as the club's head coach from 1996-1999. He led the team to the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Division II National Championship as the setter and head coach in 1996. A four-time First Team All-Wisconsin Volleyball Conference selection, Boos guided the program to conference championships in 1997, 1998 and 1999. The 1998 squad finished the season ranked in the NIRSA Division I Top 5. Boos compiled a 144-36-4 overall record as the club's coach.
Boos graduated cum laude from Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a bachelor's of science degree in 1998. He is married to the former Amy Ward and the couple welcomed their first child, Kaelyn, in 2012 and son, Ethan, this summer.
Boos At A Glance
Education: B.S., University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 1998
Player (1994-99) and head coach (1996-99) for the men’s club team
Tallied a 144-36 record and led the team to the 1996 NIRSA Division II National Championship as a setter and a coach.
- UW-Oshkosh: Volunteer Assistant Coach, 1995-98
- Indiana: Assistant Coach, 1999-01
- Minnesota: Assistant Coach, 2002-03
- Minnesota: Associate Head Coach, 2004-06
- Ball State: Head Coach, 2007-10
- Florida: Assistant Coach, 2010-2011
- Florida: Associate Head Coach, 2011-present
- Wife: Amy
- Daughter: Kaelyn
- Son: Ethan