SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento State head volleyball coach Ruben Volta announced today that John Fluette, who has spent the past two years as a volunteer assistant with the program, has been elevated to assistant coach for the upcoming indoor season.
Fluette will join Volta and assistant Ed Jackson on the team's coaching staff. The Antelope, Calif., native also spent the past five years playing for the Sacramento State men's club volleyball team.
Over the last two seasons as volunteer assistant with the Hornets, Fluette (pronounced Floo-ett) has run the video and statistical programs, helped facilitate drills at practice, and has been heavily involved with opponent scouting. During his two seasons, Sacramento State has combined for a 46-19 overall record and 25-7 mark in league play. That includes the Hornets' first Big Sky South Division championship last year. In fact, during that 2016 season, Sacramento State was the No. 2 seed at the eight-team Big Sky Tournament after finishing the year with a 13-3 conference record.
The Hornets weren't far off from hosting the 2016 postseason tournament but North Dakota narrowly edged Sacramento State for the right to host the event. The Hornets have yet to lose a home match to a Big Sky opponent during Fluette's tenure, as the team will carry a 16-match home winning streak against conference competition into the 2017 season.
In addition, Sacramento State received five all-Big Sky selections in 2016, the most of any of the conference's 12 teams. Moreover, the five selections tied for the most awarded to the program since Sacramento State joined the Big Sky in 1996.
"John has done a very good job the past couple seasons," Volta said. "He has helped immensely in the gym training our team and working with our scouting and video editing programs. We've been very happy with him as part of our staff, and he brings experience having enjoyed a very successful playing career with Sacramento State's men's team."
Fluette spent the past five years playing for Sacramento State's club volleyball team (2013-17) where he was a two-time All-American, four-time all-league selection and two-time team captain. Fluette helped the team to a combined record of 155-62 during his five seasons, including a 30-9 mark in the spring.
He finished his career with 1,845 kills, 786 digs, 395 blocks and 190 aces. The kills and aces are the top marks in program history, while the blocks rank second, and the digs rank third.
Sacramento State begins the 2017 season on Aug. 25 when the Hornets open a two-day, four-team tournament hosted by St. John's in Queens, N.Y. The Hornets will play UConn and St. John's on Aug. 24, as well as Holy Cross and New Hampshire on Aug. 26.
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