Michelle Chatman, the assistant head coach of the women's volleyball team at UCF, was recently named an assistant coach for the Florida Wave.
Team Florida Wave is a women's professional volleyball team that was launched in 2012 by the Florida Region of USA Volleyball. According to their website, Team Florida Wave is a part of the new Premier Volleyball League, a league sanctioned by USA Volleyball. USA Volleyball consists of 40 different regions, so in the future they hope to have as many as 40 professional volleyball teams.
Chatman is in her fifth season with the UCF volleyball staff and her duties include being the program's recruiting coordinator as well as the middle blockers coach. Because of her hard work on the recruiting trail, UCF's 2010 and 2011 recruiting classes were named two of the top 100 recruiting classes in the nation each season by PrepVolleyball.com. Also, under her watch, UCF's front line has improved immensely, which was proven when DeLaina Sarden earned AVCA Honorable Mention All-America honors. Before coming to UCF, Chatman acted as an assistant coach at Georgetown University for two years and a student assistant coach at her alma mater, the University of Florida.
Chatman is no stranger to USA Volleyball. She served as one of the three assistant coaches for the 2011 USA Volleyball Women's National A2 program.
Chatman will coach former UCF standout Tanya Jarvis, who earned a spot on the roster last season.
Team Florida Wave's first game is the Tri-Match tournament in Gainesville on March 2 against UCF and FSU.