Amber Schinzing, an experienced club and high school coach from Orlando, FL, has been named assistant coach for men's volleyball at North Greenville University, it was announced by head coach Dr. Fred Battenfield.
Schinzing has coached a wide variety of ages in both boys and girls club, high school, and collegiate-level volleyball, and brings a solid background to NGU. She has coached at the Orlando Volleyball Academy since 2008 (USAV ranked 5th in Nation) and Orlando Gold, ages 10 to 18 in both indoor and beach volleyball, has provided depth in her coaching and training knowledge. For the past two seasons, she has coached with Orlando's Olympia High School as Assistant Varsity Coach and Head JV Coach in the Boy's Program. Additionally, Schinzing has worked with the Boy's Florida Region High Performance Volleyball Training Camp.
As a college coach, she was a graduate assistant at Harding University (Searcy, AR) in 2013.
Schinzing played four years as a setter at Harding University, and earned several all-conference and tournament honors, including ending the 2012 season with a national ranking of 17th among all NCAA Division II schools for assists per set. She led her team to an undefeated season and a conference championship, while being named to the all-conference team in addition to being named team captain her sophomore through senior years.
Schinzing has played organized volleyball since she was 13, starting on OVA's elite teams. She lettered all four years of high school at The First Academy and Olympia High School in Orlando, FL. She was named captain her junior and senior years at Olympia, awarded MVP both years and named to the All-Metro First and Second Teams, also earned MVP at the Florida State and UCF Elite Camps. On the beach circuit, she qualified and earned second place at the 2009 AAU National Beach Volleyball Tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Complimenting her volleyball background, Amber brings vast experience in strength and conditioning to the Crusader program. She has participated in an internship with Titus Sports Academy working with athletes and their training programs at the collegiate and professional levels. She is a certified personal trainer and yoga instructor. Also, she is a nationally certified EMT, and earned a degree in Exercise Science from Harding University and postgraduate work in Chemistry.
"The Lord has blessed my life by allowing me the opportunity to study, play and now coach at a Christian University, reinforcing the importance of being a Christian athlete," she said. "I am a firm believer that as a Christian coach, it is important to be a spiritual role model and leader holding players accountable for their spiritual, academic, and athletic performance throughout the year. As a Christian athletes, you represent your team, your school, and ultimately your Lord."
"I look forward to working with these young men and with Coach Battenfield towards achieving a very promising, competitive season," she added.
"Amber Schinzing is a very bright, promising young coach, and she will bring a new dimension of energy to our second year program," Battenfield said. "She comes from a solid volleyball family, really knows game, and she is exactly what we need in this stage of development of our team. I am blessed to have her join us and help train our guys and push them to get even better."
Schinzing will enroll in North Greenville's Walter T. Brashier graduate school to pursue a Master's of Business Administration alongside her coaching responsibilities.