Nicole Gwynn is entering her third season as head women’s volleyball coach.
Gwynn is a native of Hamilton, Mont. and graduated from Southern Virginia in 2012 with a Bachelors of Arts in family and child development.
While attending school she was a libero and setter for the Knight's volleyball team and is top five all-time in assists and digs. She was a key member of the 2011 team which finished the season 21-12.
After graduation, Gwynn returned to Montana and coached the freshman volleyball team at her former high school, and she also coached a club team in Missoula, Mont.
Nicole has played a crucial role in the development of the women’s volleyball program. She has mentored hitters Penny Gwynn and Hannah Allred who were ranked fourth and fifth in the Capital Athletic Conference for kills per set. Allred also achieved second-team All-CAC Honors in the 2016 season.
The women’s volleyball program has been making steady progress during Nicole’s time at SVU. She has been pivotal in the continued growth of the program and the individual players.
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.
Thomas Snelson enters his second year head coach of the men's tennis team and is the assistant women's volleyball coach.
Snelson graduated from Brigham Young University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science. While in school, he played #2 singles and doubles for the BYU tennis team. As a senior he helped the Cougars reach the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA.
Currently Snelson holds professional ratings in the Professional Tennis Registry for adult development, high performance, 11-17, and 10 & under. He was a high school coach for three years and has spent four years as a private tennis coach.
In his first year he led the men's tennis team to a first-round win in the CAC playoffs, recording the first post-season win by any Southern Virginia program.
Snelson was married to his wife Monique in 1987. They are the proud parents of five children, all tennis players. His oldest son played at BYU-Hawaii and has a daughter currently playing at Auburn University.