Travis Filar is entering his second season with Chattanooga after being named the program's sixth head coach on Feb. 17, 2011.
Filar comes to Chattanooga after spending four seasons as an assistant coach at North Carolina. There he helped guide the Tar Heels to a 25-10 record in 2010, including a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
As a member of the Tar Heel staff, he primarily worked with the middle blockers, liberos, defensive specialists and coordinated the team's defensive and blocking systems. He coached three American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Americans in middle blocker Heather Brooks and liberos Brianna Eskola and Kaylie Gibson.
Eskola finished her career as the all-time digs leader in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), while Gibson was named the 2010 ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Three of the middle blockers he coached at Carolina are currently playing professionally in Europe.
The Davidson, N.C, native also coached six AVCA All-East Region players and seven All-ACC performers over his career at UNC. The Tar Heels led the ACC in digs per set for the third-consecutive season in 2010, finishing the season No. 9 in the nation in that category.
In 2008, he guided a defense that ranked second in the nation in digs per set. The Tar Heels were also first in the ACC in opponent hitting percentage and second in the league in blocks per set. UNC won the ACC title that season, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Before coming to North Carolina, Filar was on the coaching staff at Memphis beginning in 2005. His responsibilities were with the middle blockers and team defensive systems.
During his two seasons with the Tigers, he coached two AVCA All-Americans in Laura Cote and Shelby Burton, three AVCA All-Midwest Region players and three Conference USA all-league performers including the 2006 Libero of the Year. Memphis finished with a 27-8 record in 2006 and was one win from the C-USA title.
Filar worked two seasons as a volunteer assistant at Kentucky. While working with the Wildcats, he also was involved in the community by coaching the boys and girls basketball teams at Trinity Christian Academy in Lexington, Ky.
Prior to starting his coaching career, Filar played two seasons of men's club volleyball at Furman. He graduated with a degree in Health and Exercise Science in 2000.
He spent two years at his alma mater as an assistant coach and assistant camp director from 2001-03. During that span, he guided four Southern Conference all-league performers.
Additionally, he has worked as an assistant volleyball clinician at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Girls Sports Camp at Gardner-Webb University. He also served as a court coach at volleyball camps at Charlotte and Davidson.
Filar is married to the former Natalie Muro, a four-year women's soccer letter winner at Furman. The couple has a daughter, Savanna Grace, born on Feb. 10, 2009, and son, Luke born on June 3, 2011.