COLLEEN ENRICO | ASSISTANT COACH
Colleen (Ourada) Enrico '14, one of the best players in the history of Augsburg volleyball, will enter her second season on the Augsburg volleyball coaching staff, while adding the role of assistant athletic director in 2017.
Enrico began serving as an assistant coach for the Auggies in the 2016 season, in which the Auggies finished 18-10 overall and a perfect 11-0 in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play, winning the league regular-season title. She had also served a summer internship for Augsburg volleyball in 2014.
A native of Omaha, Neb., Enrico spent the 2015 season as a graduate assistant coach at Wayne State College in her home state. The Wildcats finished 28-8 and reached the NCAA Division II national semifinals in the 2015 campaign.
An outside hitter during her Augsburg career, she earned American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III All-America third-team honors in both 2013 and 2014, also earning AVCA All-Central Region and All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors both seasons.
One of the best all-around players in program history, Enrico has a prominent place in Augsburg volleyball's career record book, in the top-10 list in 11 different categories. Her 1,547 kills and 3.33 kills per-set are both second in school history, while her 4,534 attack attempts are tops and .218 attack percentage is 10th best. She holds Augsburg's school record with 329 total blocks, while ranking second with 89 solo blocks and 240 block assists, and ninth in blocks per-set (0.71). She played in a school-record 131 matches and 465 sets in her career.
The second Auggie to ever record both 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career, she recorded 51 kill-dig double-doubles in her four seasons. Teams she played on finished 84-35, sharing the MIAC regular-season title and reaching the NCAA Division III national tournament in both her junior and senior seasons, while reaching the MIAC playoffs in three of her four years.
Enrico earned her bachelor's degree in psychology and special education from Augsburg in 2014, and will earn her master's degree in organizational management (sport management and recreation concentration) from Wayne State in 2017.
TIJA RUDZITIS | ASSISTANT COACH / GRADUATE FELLOW
Former collegiate volleyball player Tija Rudzitis (Northwestern-St. Paul '13) is serving in her second season the Augsburg volleyball coaching staff as a graduate fellow assistant coach in 2017. Most recently, Rudzitis has served as an assistant coach at Legacy Christian Academy in Andover, Minn., coaching hitting and blocking. She also serves as a volunteer coach for the Crossfire Volleyball Club in Andover. In 2016, she competed at the U.S. Volleyball national team's open tryouts in Colorado Springs, Colo.
A 6-3 middle blocker, Rudzitis played her first three seasons of college volleyball at Colorado Christian University (2009-12), where she led the Cougars to two appearances in the National Christian College Athletic Association national tournament. She earned NCCAA all-region honors in 2010, and earned Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Academic honors twice, as a first-team honoree in 2010 and second-team honoree in 2011. She was a team captain in the 2011 season.
She transferred to the University of Northwestern-St. Paul for her senior campaign in 2012, earning All-Upper Midwest Athletic Conference honorable-mention honors as part of an Eagles squad that won the UMAC title and qualified for the NCAA Division III national tournament. She averaged 2.71 kills and 1.18 blocks per-set in her senior season.
A native of Andover, she played her high school volleyball at Meadow Creek Christian School. A four-year starter, she was part of teams that reached the Minnesota state tournament twice. She earned All-Minnesota Christian Athletic Association honors twice, a first-team selection in 2008 and second-team selection in 2007.
Rudzitis earned her bachelor's degree in music from Northwestern in 2013, and will be pursuing her master's degree in leadership at Augsburg
ALEX BERGER | ASSISTANT COACH
Alex Berger (Northern Michigan '15) enters her second season on the Augsburg volleyball coaching staff in 2017.
A libero/defensive specialist during her career with the Wildcats, she earned All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first-team honors in both her junior and senior seasons. One of three Wildcats to ever reach the 1,500 mark in career digs, she finished second in school history with 1,748, including a single-season school record 569 (4.82 per-set) her senior year and 512 (5.02 per-set) her junior year. She earned team Most Valuable Player honors her senior season.
She earned all-state honorable mention and all-conference honors during her high school career at Shakopee High School, part of a team that won the Class AAA state title in 2009. She also played club volleyball for Mizuno Northern Lights, the Shakopee Volleyball Association and USA High Performance.
Berger was a sports science major at Northern Michigan.
KATHRYN GAYDOS | VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACH
Kathryn Gaydos (Saint Benedict '14) enters her third season on the Augsburg volleyball coaching staff in 2016.
Gaydos played collegiate volleyball as a setter at the College of Saint Benedict, where she earned Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year and All-MIAC recognition in her initial college campaign. She was named to the All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team in 2011 and 2013, and was the MIAC's Elite 22 Award for academic excellence in 2013. She averaged 7.12 assists per-set in her collegiate career.
In addition to her coaching at Augsburg, Gaydos also serves as an assistant coach for the Northern Lights junior volleyball club.
JESSY JONES | ASSISTANT COACH
DEVIN DIEDRICH | VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACH
COURTNEY LEMKE | STUDENT ASSISTANT COACH