Story courtesy of University of Dallas Sports Information
IRVING, Texas – Kelli Trautmann was announced as the new head coach for the University of Dallas volleyball team. Trautmann becomes the 17th coach named to the helm for the program. She replaces Prentice Lewis, who resigned in mid-February. Trautmann begins her first day at the institution next Tuesday, March 28.
Trautmann previously spent the past three years working as an assistant coach at the collegiate level. Her most recent stop was at NCAA Division III Allegheny College located in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Hired in May, 2016, Trautmann was brought on as an assistant but served as the acting head coach once 30-year head coach Bridget Sheehan took a leave of absence for the 2016 season as she battled cancer. The Gators posted a 9-16 record that campaign.
Prior to that, Trautmann was the assistant volleyball coach at NAIA Williams Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. The team went 22-15 and 9-3 in the American Midwest Conference (AMC) when she was an assistant in 2015.
During the 2014-15 school year, she worked at NCAA DIII Millsaps College. While with the Majors, Trautmann served as an assistant coach for volleyball and was the assistant for the Track and Field team. The volleyball team in 2014 rolled to a 22-6 record and 11-3 in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA). The Majors led all of NCAA DIII in digs per set at 22.32.
Between these three institutions, Trautmann handled several responsibilities including: Recruiting, conducting workouts and practices, volleyball lessons instructor. scouting, scheduling, game day supervisor, and other related coaching duties.
In 2015-16 at Williams Woods University, she was part of the NAIA Women's Basketball Championship Tournament Staff.
Before assisting at Millsaps, Trautmann was the head volleyball, assistant junior varsity basketball, and head throws coach for track & field at Waterford Union High School in Wisconsin. She also held positions as a volleyball lessons and camp instructor, club volleyball tournament director, and Badger Region USA volleyball official.
Prior to coaching, Trautmann starred for both the volleyball and track & field teams at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Her average of 36 digs per match is the fifth highest in program history, and she claimed Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Sportsmanship honors in 2010 and WIAC All-Defensive Team accolades in 2011. The Warhawks won a regular-season WIAC title, a pair of WIAC Tournament crowns, and advanced to four NCAA Tournaments during her career.
In track & field, Trautmann qualified for the 2010 and 2011 WIAC Championships (indoor and outdoor) in shot put and discus and was also named to the Academic Honor Roll.
Trautmann graduated from UW-Whitewater in May, 2013, with a Bachelor of Science in Education, Physical Education, Emphasis on Health, Human Performance and Recreation with an Athletic Coaching Minor.
Trautmann is currently working on her Masters of Education in Athletic/Activities Administration at William Woods University and expects to have it completed in June.