Valley City State University has hired Adam Longmore as the 11th head volleyball coach in school history.
Longmore took over the Viking volleyball program in mid-April. He replaces Susan Kolbow, who resigned in January following four seasons as Viking head coach. An assistant coach at Southern Utah University, Longmore said he is excited to start a new chapter at VCSU.
"I think there's a lot of potential with the volleyball program at Valley City," he said. "I was very impressed with the players' attitudes and their work ethic – they're a hardworking bunch. That's the first key to success in any program and that's already there."
Longmore interviewed on the VCSU campus earlier this week and had a chance to meet the players and athletic staff, and see the volleyball facilities.
"Adam has a strong coaching background at the NCAA level along with a history in the NAIA," said Denholm. "We're excited to have him take over our volleyball program."
Longmore just completed his sixth season as assistant coach at Southern Utah University, an NCAA Division I school that competed in the Summit League and the Big Sky Conference during his time at the school. Longmore helped rebuild the Southern Utah volleyball program from the ground up after it was reinstated at the school following a 20-year hiatus. While at SUU, Longmore specialized in coaching blockers. In 2012, SUU finished 2nd in the Big Sky Conference and 27th in the nation in blocks per set (2.64), and in 2013 SUU was 53rd in the nation with 2.55 blocks per set.
Prior to Southern Utah, Longmore was head coach from 2004-2007 at William Woods University, an NAIA school in Fulton, Mo. He was also an assistant for William Woods in 2003, and earned a Master's degree in athletic administration from the school in 2007.
Longmore earned his Bachelor's degree from Utah State University, where he spent time playing on and coaching the men's club volleyball team. He has also worked with Gold Medal Squared as a camp and clinic instructor for more than 10 years.
While visiting the VCSU campus, Longmore said Graichen Gym stood out to him as a major advantage, comparing it to the Bentson-Bunker Fieldhouse at NDSU that his Southern Utah teams used to play in.
"We have the potential to have a huge home-court advantage in that gym," he said, citing the small size that creates an intense atmosphere. "Anytime you have a smaller gym that's volleyball specific, that can be intimidating to play there. Once we get some things in place and start playing really good, it's going to be tough for teams to play us there."
Longmore said some of his first priorities once on the VCSU campus are identifying where the team needs improvement, recruiting, and making connections with area high school and club volleyball coaches.
"I'm excited to get started," he said. "I'd like to thank Jack Denholm, President Steve Shirley and the hiring committee for giving me this opportunity."
Adam and his wife Jennifer have three children, daughter Odessa (9) and sons Addison (5) and Elijah (3).
Nicole Solum is entering her second season as volleyball coach at VCSU. She started in April 2013, and was the primary assistant to head coach Susan Kolbow for the 2013 season. Currently, Solum is serving as interim head coach as VCSU conducts the hiring process for its next head coach.
Solum comes to the Vikings after spending two years as the graduate assistant coach at Bemidji State University, in Bemidji Minn. While with the Beavers, Nicole's responsibilities included team practices, game film, recruiting, study hall, and working camps and clinics throughout the year.
Prior to being the graduate assistant, Solum played for the Beavers for three seasons – her senior year under current head coach Wayne Chadwick. She was team captain her junior and senior season. Prior to BSU, Nicole played her freshman season at Western Oregon University in Monmouth, OR.
A native of Spokane, Wash., Solum received her undergraduate degree from Bemidji State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Sport Management and a minor in Mass Communication in 2011. She also received her Masters of Science in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Bemidji State in 2013.