Todd Raasch and Marie Zidek Join DePaul Volleyball Staff
CHICAGO - DePaul head volleyball coach Nadia Edwards announced today that Todd Raasch and Marie Zidek have joined the program as assistant coaches. Raasch, a teacher of the game for more than 20 years, brings multitude of coaching experiences to the program, working with four top-25 programs and a National Championship team. Zidek, a Chicago native, joins the Blue Demon family by way of Oregon State, where she has spent the last three seasons as a graduate assistant coach.
"I am extremely excited to be coaching alongside Todd and Marie," commented Coach Edwards, "They both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. They are the perfect complements to my staff."
"Todd has been a part of several quality programs nationwide, while Marie grew up surrounded by Chicago's club volleyball circuit and has been mentored by some of the game's finest," continued Edwards, "They both possess unique characteristics that will have an immediate impact on all aspects of the program- everything from player development, to recruiting, to creating a positive culture that will serve as the foundation for this team to build upon."
Prior to being named the assistant coach at DePaul, Raasch was top assistant at Boston College for the 2009 campaign after spending three seasons with Florida Atlantic.
A native of Wisner, Nebraska, Raasch has spent nearly two decades as an assistant coach at various universities including his alma mater, Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa. As a student-athlete at Graceland, Raasch helped lead two teams to runner-up finishes at Collegiate Club Nationals. In 1990 he acted as the team captain and was named a Collegiate Club First Team All-American. Raasch stepped into the role as the assistant coach for the Yellowjackets women's team and spent two seasons with them before receiving his bachelor's degree in physical education and health from Graceland in 1992.
He then moved on to the University of Nebraska-Kearney where he spent six seasons. The Antelopes advanced to the Sweet 16 of the Division II NCAA Tournament in 1994 and the Elite 8 in 1996. Between those two seasons, Raasch worked the 1995 campaign with Division I powerhouse Nebraska. That season, the Huskers won the National Championship by defeating Texas 3-1.
The 1999 season brought Raasch to Metropolitan State College of Denver, where he served as both an assistant coach and the travel coordinator. During his five-year stay, the Roadrunners won three consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships while qualifying for the NCAA Division II tournament four years in a row.
Just prior to coming to FAU, Raasch gained valuable head coaching experience at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, spending two seasons at the helm of the women's volleyball program.
In addition to collegiate coaching experience, Raasch has worked with clubs and camps nationwide. Not only was he head of the Boomers Volleyball Club 18-U Elite Team from 2008-09, he has also instructed at camps hosted by Oklahoma, the Air Force Academy, Florida Southern College, Middle Tennessee State, and Northern Iowa.
Chicago native Zidek enters her first season with DePaul following a three-year stint as the graduate assistant coach at Oregon State.
While at OSU, Zidek contributed to all aspects of the program including facilitating practice, scouting, and tracking student-athlete academic progress. In addition, she was also responsible for analyzing video and statistics, and played a vital role in developing volleyball camps for the Beavers.
Zidek has been mentored by some of the best teachers in the game, including current Beaver head coach, Terry Liskevych, who led the U.S. Women's National Team to a bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
In her three seasons with Oregon State, the Beavers amassed 36 victories, one All-American honoree, five All Pac-10 awards and routinely put numerous student-athletes on the Pac-10 All-Academic Team.
Zidek will complete her Masters Degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Oregon State in June of 2010.
Prior to her time at OSU, Zidek, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, spent five months working in the High Performance Training Center of the Kuortane Sports Training Institute in Finland. In her time there, Zidek worked as a strength and conditioning coach, as well as an assistant coach for the Finnish National Volleyball Federation's U-20 men's team. In addition, she provided lectures on the basics of psychology of sport, and participated in long-term training designs for the rehabilitation of injured athletes.
On the club circuit Zidek spent nearly a decade as both a player and a coach with the Celtic Force, a club based in Palos Heights, Ill.
Her collegiate-playing days were spent at Northern Illinois, where Zidek was a four-year letter winner. She earned several academic awards, including Mid-American Conference All-Academic team honors. Zidek graduated with distinction in 2006 with a degree in Kinesiology.
The Blue Demons kick off their 2010 campaign on Aug. 27-28, when they face UIC, Loyola-Chicago, and Northwestern in the Chicagoland Classic.