Dr. Tom Peterson was named as the university's first head men's volleyball coach.
Coach Peterson is one of the most decorated and well-credentialed volleyball coaches in the country, with numerous visits to the NCAA tournament, including seven men's championship appearances and two national titles as a head coach.
With more than 30 years of collegiate coaching experience, Peterson has coached at several prominent programs, including Brigham Young University, Penn State University, the University of Utah, Utah State University, the University of New Mexico, Utah Valley University, Weber State University and Salt Lake Community College. In 2004, Peterson led BYU's men's volleyball team to a national title and was named Volleyball Magazine's "Coach of the Year" — ten years after guiding Penn State to a national title in 1994.
In addition to his coaching achievements, Peterson holds a bachelor's degree in physical education, a master's degree in professional leadership and a doctorate of education in physical education administration — all from BYU. Peterson's dissertation focused on the methodology of U.S. national volleyball coaches.
Jon Baker enters his first season as an assistant coach for both women's and men's volleyball at Southern Virginia.
Baker has over 20 years of coaching experience at the club, high school, and collegiate levels. Most recently, Baker was an assistant coach at Southern Utah University. As the defensive coach for the Thunderbirds, the team finished in the top 20 in the nation in blocks among Division 1 schools.
Baker has worked at many volleyball clinics and camps across the country, and has coached numerous high school and club teams, including leading the Adidas National 18 team to the USA National Tournament. He currently holds CAP 1, USAV IMPACT, and NFHS certifications in volleyball coaching.
Jon and his wife, Debby, recently moved to Buena Vista with their son, Logan Jon Baker.
Debby Baker enters her first season as an assistant coach with the men's volleyball team.
Russell Tompkins is an assistant men's volleyball coach at Southern Virginia University.
Tompkins graduated in 1979 from Utah State University, Logan, Utah with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics. While there, he was a setter on the USU men’s volleyball team.
Following graduation Tompkins served a two-year LDS mission in Santiago, Chile from 1979 to 1981.
Professionally Tompkins has worked for several international food processing and finance companies, and has held numerous management positions. As an entrepreneur, he worked with an incubator The Hatchery, to fund early stage companies. He currently manages numerous real estate investments.
In 2008 he moved his family from New Jersey to Buena Vista, Va., and lives just one block from Southern Virginia’s campus.
From 2007-12, Tompkins served as the chair of the President’s National Advisory Counci. Four of his children and two of their husbands also attended Southern Virginia University.
Tompkins lives in Buena Vista with his wife, Jeanne, and together they have 9 children and 13 grandchildren.