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Calin Swearingen Returns to Volleyball (1-25-19)
Calin Swearingen, a 6’2 outside hitter from Germantown, has decided to join the UW Oshkosh men’s club volleyball program in his sophomore campaign. He joins a solid sophomore class and will add depth to the outside position for years to come.

Swearingen competed for Germantown high school under the direction of coach Rushmer and also played for Milwaukee Volleyball Club under the tutelage of coach Tonx.

Calin comes into his sophomore year with UW Oshkosh encompassing an honor roll level GPA as well as a very high class rank.

When asked why he decided to come back to the sport of volleyball, Calin responded with these remarks, “The first year of college I wanted to make sure I had adequate time to focus on my academics. Once I found the perfect balance, I realized how much I missed playing the sport and having friends who share the same interests as myself. In the short time I have been playing this season, I’ve already found life-long friends and created great relationships with all of the program.”

UW Oshkosh Men’s Volleyball welcomes Calin to the program.
Alex Harty Takes Over UW-Oshkosh Program (1-17-19)
After spending one year as the UW-Oshkosh men's volleyball Division II head coach, Alex Harty (2014-2017) will pace the sidelines for the Division I team during the 2019 season. He will also serve as the Titans program director. Harty replaces Will Brydon who stepped down at the end of 2018 to dedicate more time to his family.

“Coaching last year for UW-Oshkosh was an incredible experience," said Harty. "From the daily practices, long drives, and challenging tournaments the program and teams become like a family. When you join this family you also add to a long list of decorated and accomplished alumni. I am very excited about this season and the opportunities for the continued success of this program. It is a privilege to help continue to grow the UW-Oshkosh volleyball family.”

Last season Harty mentored the Division II team to the Wisconsin Volleyball Conference regular season title and state championship; as well as an appearance in the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation Division III national semi-finals.

His coaching resume includes being the Winneconne High School girls head coach last season (23-11 record), one year of being an assistant coach at Waupun High School where they made a WIAA state appearance and helping conduct approximately 50 camps throughout the summer. He also coached at Winneconne High School for three years in different roles before becoming head coach.

As a player for UW-Oshkosh, Harty was a member of the 2015 NCVF Division III national runner-up team and the 2016 and 2017 fifth-place teams. From 2015-2017 the teams also won the WVC Division II regular season and state championship titles.

Individual accolades included being named the 2014 WVC Division II Libero of the Year, a 2014 and 2016 WVC Division II First Team selection and a 2014 and 2016 placement on the WVC State Championship All-Tournament team. He was a 2017 team captain.

Harty graduated in May of 2018 with a bachelor of science in nursing. He is currently working as a register nurse in Fond du Lac. Harty originally hails from Racine and attended St. Catherine’s High School.
Coach Brydon Steps Down (1-2-19)
After leading UW-Oshkosh for one season, Will Brydon has decided to step down as Division I head coach and program director.

"Stepping away from UW-Oshkosh Men's Volleyball was an extremely difficult decision, but it is one that I know is best for me and my family right now," said Brydon. "I want to express my sincere thanks to the many people that helped me on my journey to the helm of the program: the current program athletes, our current and former coaches at all levels, and the amazing alumni. Oshkosh Volleyball is a family, and time away from your family is never easy, but I know they will continue to ascend to great heights, and when they do, I'll be cheering them on, even if I can't be on the sideline for it."

Brydon accomplished many things as a player and coach for the Titans. While wearing the black and gold he was the 2011 and 2012 Wisconsin Volleyball Conference Division II State Championship Most Valuable Player and a 2012 WVC Division II honorable mention selection. Also in 2012 he was named a National Collegiate Volleyball Federation Division III honorable mention All-American after helping the Titans to the Division III National Championship.

After taking home a national title he came back to mentor the Titans Division II team as head coach for three seasons accumulating a 136-28-2 overall record. Winning nearly 82 percent of the matches he coached, he led the Titans to three straight WVC Division II regular season and state championship titles, a NCVF Division III national championship runner-up finish in 2015 and two fifth place performances in 2016 and 2017. Those teams were filled with student-athletes that garnered all-conference and All-American honors.

"I truly loved every minute of working with those amazing guys," said Brydon when asked about his time as the Division II head coach.

Last season Brydon led the Division I team to a 39-12 record while winning the WVC Division I regular season conference and state championships. The Titans finished third at the Las Vegas Open, fifth at the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Championship and ninth at the NCVF Division I National Championship. It was the tenth straight year that the Titans finished ninth or better at the end of the year tournament. Individual accomplishments for UW-Oshkosh were highlighted by Nick Davies and Peter Nordel who were each named honorable mention All-American.

For his work at the high school level he was named a 2016 AVCA Thirty Under 30 Award Winner. That award was created in 2009 to honor up-and-coming coaching talent at all levels of the sport, and in 2016 was expanded for high school coaches. At the time Brydon was the head coach at Winneconne High School, a position now held by one of his former players Alex Harty.

The UW-Oshkosh men's volleyball team wishes Coach Brydon and his growing family the best of luck and can't thank him enough for nearly ten years of dedication.
Dustin Stueck to Become a Titan (10-23-18)
Dustin Stueck, a Libero / Defensive Specialist from Winneconne, WI, has recently decided to become a Titan and join the program next Fall as part of the 2023 recruiting class, according to Head Coach Will Brydon. Dustin is the first commitment for that class and is set to join the perennial powerhouse program during the 2019-20 school year.

Dustin is a product of Winneconne High School, which unfortunately does not have its own volleyball program. Dustin has not let that discourage him, though, and has stayed involved in his high school’s women’s volleyball program by serving as the team manager for all four years. He also plays club volleyball for Wisconsin Volleyball Academy, under the direction of Jon Ellmann and B.J. Bryant, where he was most recently coached by Tom Larson and Samuel Moua.

While at UW-Oshkosh, Dustin plans to major in Business Management with a minor in Sociology. He is the son of Craig Stueck and Lisa Larson.

“I had the pleasure of working with Dustin when I served as the Varsity Girls Volleyball coach at Winneconne High School. He impressed me with his work ethic and genuine love for the game, and I always hoped I would have the chance to personally coach him,” added Coach Brydon. “With his commitment to our program, I am happy to have the opportunity to help him grow his skills at the next level, and I know he will continue to push our program to new heights with the rest of his class.”

When asked about why he chose UWO, Dustin replied, “I chose Oshkosh because I wanted to stay close to home while still getting a good education. I also chose to play at Oshkosh because I know a lot of the players / coaches and knew they had a good work ethic and team/family atmosphere, and I wanted to be a part of a winning program.”

The Titans most recently captured back-to-back-to-back NCVF Division 1 National Championships in 2014, 2015, and 2016 while securing a 3rd place finish last season at the Division 3 level. They will once again look to reclaim multiple national titles when they compete at this year’s championships, which will be held in Denver, Colorado.
UW-Oshkosh II Takes Third in the Nation; Four Named All-Americans (4-16-18)
The UW-Oshkosh II men’s volleyball team reached the semifinal round of the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation Division III tournament held Thursday through Saturday (April 12-14) in St. Louis, Missouri. The Titans went 7-1 to finish third out of 48 teams in the three-day event.

UW-Oshkosh II (42-9), ranked #7 to start the tournament dominated Rutgers University – New Brunswick II, 25-14, 25-12, dismantling Michigan State University II, 25-13, 25-19 and beat #22 Utah Valley University II, 25-18, 25-22 to finish 3-0 in their opening pool.

In the three matches UW-Oshkosh II was led by Stephen Seaman (So. – Muskego) with 25 kills while adding 23 digs and seven service aces. Ryan Albers (Sr. – Appleton) dished out 71 assists and collected 18 digs, four service aces and seven blocks and Quinn Arndt (So. – Muskego) led the team with 43 digs and provided four service aces.

Matt Aussem (Fr. – Glendate) totaled 23 kills, Reed Bogrand (So. – Mukwonago) added 17 kills and a team leading nine blocks and Steve Cotton (Sr. – Muskego) had 13 kills and seven blocks. Joey Mack (Jr. – Muskego) had 13 kills and six blocks and Eli Miller (Jr. – Burlington) scooped up 18 digs and had five service aces.

On Friday, UW-Oshkosh II swept the University of Missouri II, 25-15, 25-21 and prevailed over rival #10 Penn State University II, 25-14, 25-16 in dominating fashion to advance to the Gold Bracket on Saturday.

Against the Tigers the left side hitting duo of Aussem and Seaman shined in collecting 11 kills each; while Seaman added eight digs and three service aces. Miller provided seven digs and two service aces and Albers had 28 assists and two blocks. Bogrand had three blocks and four kills and Arndt had 13 digs.

The Titans offense roared in the win over the Nittany Lions as the Titans had 31 kills in the match to go along with 38 digs and 11 blocks. Aussem led UW-Oshkosh II with 14 kills on a .545 hitting percentage. Seaman provided 11 kills and eight digs and Arndt tallied 21 digs.

Albers had 28 of the Titans 29 assists and added four blocks and Bogrand provided six kills and five blocks. Mack tallied four kills and two blocks, Cotton had six kills and Miller had nine digs and two service aces. The Titans passed extremely well that led to a .468 team hitting percentage.

In the single elimination gold bracket on Saturday UW-Oshkosh II survived an opening round scare against #21 James Madison University II, 25-15, 23-25, 18-16 and then beat #2 Indiana University II for the third time this season, 22-25, 25-23, 15-12 to advance to the semifinals.

Aussem had 15 kills against the Dukes to lead the Titans. Arndt had 23 digs and Albers dished out 37 assists. Bogrand provided five blocks and Miller had three service aces.

Seaman came up big against the Hoosiers with 17 kills and 12 digs. Albers ran the offense with 35 assists and added three blocks and eight digs and Cotton had seven kills and three blocks. Arndt had 18 digs, followed by Miller with 11 saves. Mack pitched in five kills and four blocks and Bogrand had three solo stuffs.

In the semifinals against #6 Ohio State University II, UW-Oshkosh II ran out of gas in a 25-20, 25-22 defeat. Bogrand led the team with five kills and added three blocks. Arndt topped the team with 13 digs and Seaman had nine kills and seven digs.

UW-Oshkosh II was well represented on the NCVF Division III All-American team with Arndt leading the way being named to the First-Team. Albers was selected to the second team and Bogrand and Seaman were each named to the honorable mention squad. Arndt previously was an honorable mention selection as a freshman in 2017 when he was a member of the UW-Oshkosh III team.

“I am proud of the way the team came together this past weekend,” said head coach Alex Harty. “The guys were able to have a special season even with eight new faces on the team. The team upheld the great tradition of UW-Oshkosh volleyball and had a great nationals finish. It was a pleasure coaching such a great group of volleyball players and people.”
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