Eric Stark completed his third season as the head coach of the University of Michigan-Dearborn volleyball team in 2016, as he continues to push the Wolverines back to the top of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.
Stark, a native of South Windsor, Conn., recorded his best season with the Wolverines in 2016, as the team totaled nine wins and won the early season Husson Invitational, winning five matches in two days in Maine.
The 2016 Wolverines received an All-WHAC Second Team selection for junior Briann Alspaugh, while Raechel Warchock was named to the All-WHAC Academic Team and also earned NAIA Scholar Athlete recognition.
Prior to joining UM-Dearborn, Stark was an assistant volleyball coach at Eastern Michigan University, an NCAA Division I program, from 2010-12 and was the associate head coach at Oberlin College from 2007-10. Other college coaching experience includes serving as a student assistant coach at Bradley University from 2002-07. Stark earned his degree from Bradley in 2007.
At the club level, Stark coached the Spirit Volleyball Club in Lorain, Ohio, from 2008-09, and the Huron Valley Volleyball Club in Saline, Ohio from 2011-2015. He was also the recruiting coordinator and strength coach for Huron Valley. Stark has a USAV CAP Level 1 Certification (2006) and was named the 2014 WHAC Volleyball Champions of Character Coach of the Year.
In addition to his role with the volleyball team, Stark is the academic/life skills coordinator for the UM-Dearborn athletics department.
Brittney Williams completed her first season as the assistant coach for the UM-Dearborn volleyball team in 2016, helping head coach Eric Stark guide the Wolverines to nine wins, including a first-place finish at Husson Invitational.
Williams, a native of Omaha, Neb., graduated from Jackson State University in 2008 with a B.S. in psychology.
Prior to joining the Wolverines, Williams was an assistant varsity volleyball coach at Northwest High School in Omaha for five seasons, while coaching the 15 and Under Omaha Starlings Volleyball Club for six years. Williams added one year as an assistant for the Clarksville High School in Clarksville, Tenn., while also coaching the 16 and Under New South Volleyball Club. Williams is going into her second season coaching with the Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy.
Williams began her playing career at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa in 2004, before transferring to Jackson State in the fall of 2005. She was a standout Libero/defensive specialist at JSU, receiving 2007 SWAC Preseason All-Conference honors. She concluded her career eighth on the Tigers all-time digs list and 10th in career service aces.
Brittney's husband, LeRon Williams, is an assistant track and field coach at Wayne State University.