Mocs Hire Travis Filar as Head Volleyball Coach

Following an extensive national search that garnered applicants from all across the country, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Director of Athletics Rick Hart announced Travis Filar (pronounced FI-luhr) as the sixth head coach of the Mocs' volleyball program today.  Filar comes to Chattanooga after spending the last four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina.

"I am extremely excited to have Travis join our staff as head volleyball coach," stated Hart.  "He has coached at a high-level throughout his career and those experiences have prepared him to be successful at Chattanooga.  He has close ties to the Southern Conference and has been a proven coach and recruiter at a number of schools in our region."

Known throughout the collegiate coaching ranks as a bright up-and-comer, Filar has coached five All-Americans, nine all-region and 12 all-conference performers in his career.  He has made a pair of trips to the NCAA Tournament and helped UNC to the 2008 ACC Championship.  The 2010 Tar Heels had the school's most wins since 2002 with a 25-10 mark, and he helped mentor libero Kaylie Gibson to the 2010 ACC Defensive Player of the Year award.  . 

"I am very excited to start a new chapter in my life as the head volleyball coach at Chattanooga," stated Filar.  "The vision, mission and core values that [Director of Athletics] Rick [Hart] holds throughout the athletics department are very inspiring and in line with the way I want to lead the volleyball program. There is great potential with the Lady Mocs, and I believe that a lot of things are in place to compete for Southern Conference championships."

A native of Davidson, N.C., Filar is a 2000 graduate of Furman University with a degree in Health and Exercise Science.  He has 10 years of extensive experience that includes stops at his alma mater, Memphis, Kentucky and the Tar Heels.

"After spending time in the Southern Conference as an assistant coach at Furman early in my career, to watching the league grow recently, I know that it is very competitive," added Filar. "There are a lot of great coaches in the league, and I am excited to join them in continuing to strengthen volleyball throughout the Southern Conference."

An active member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association, Filar participated in the monthly meetings of the Carolina Leadership Academy, the nation's premier leadership development program in college athletics.  He also taught the volleyball course in UNC's Department of Exercise and Sport Science for Coaching minors.   

"This is the right move for my family and I as Chattanooga is a perfect place for me to start my head coaching career with a university and city that is family oriented," continued Filar.  "We could not be more excited about this opportunity, and I am truly looking forward to working with the current team and leading a volleyball program that seeks comprehensive excellence; academically, athletically and socially."

To learn more about Travis Filar, his career and what others are saying about the newest Moc, see the links at the top of the page. 

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