Named head volleyball coach at Georgia State University on April 14, 2010, Tami Audia has guided the Panthers to immediate success in her two seasons at the helm.
She has led the Panthers to back-to-back winning seasons in conference play, the first time GSU has been above .500 in league action since joining the Colonial Athletic Association in 2005.
In 2011, Audia guided GSU to its first postseason appearance in six years as the Panthers finished tied for fourth in the 10-team CAA and claimed the fourth seed at the conference tournament.
The Panthers have defended their home court extremely well under Audia, going 16-7 over two years with an impressive 11-3 mark in CAA play.
Audia is also the head coach of the GSU sand volleyball program, which is set to begin play in the spring of 2013.
"We talk about winning championships as our vision for Panther volleyball," says Audia. "It's something we don't shy away from. We always talk about preparing for our conference tournament and ultimately preparing for the NCAA tournament. We want to be one of the 64 teams left in the country that's playing for a national championship. Every recruit that has committed sees that vision and wants to be a part of it."
In 2011, the Panther court squad earned 14 victories and an 8-6 mark in the CAA for the second consecutive year. GSU claimed three straight wins on three separate occasions during the year and swept CAA finalist VCU Sep. 30.
Audia helped the senior pair of Vineece Verdun and Muki Kangwa become two of the most dominant scorers in the league and most prolific players in school history. Verdun was named the league's Preseason Player of the Year and went on to earn first-team all-CAA honors for the second time in 2011 while Kangwa was named third-team all-CAA. The two ranked second and third in the league with over four points per set apiece. Kangwa finished second in school history with 1,361 attacks on the year and Verdun's league-best .348 hitting percentage helped her to sixth place on the all-time school list.
The Panthers went on to secure the fourth seed in the CAA tournament, falling in the quarterfinal round.
In her first year as head coach in 2010, GSU went 14-14 overall and 8-6 in CAA play, finishing in sixth place after being picked preseason 10th. The eight CAA wins marked the most for GSU since 2005, its first year in the league. The Panthers were in contention for one of the four CAA Tournament spots up until the final weekend of the regular season.
Audia began her first year with a bang, winning her first three matches as head coach, as the Panthers claimed the GSU Invitational title. She became the first GSU coach since 1998 to start their career at 3-0. She also led GSU to its first 3-0 start in CAA play ever and its best conference start since 2003 when the Panthers were still in the Atlantic Sun.
She helped mentor senior Ashley Jones (3rd) and then redshirt-junior Verdun (1st) to All-CAA accolades at the end of the season. The first team selection was the first for GSU since 2005.
Prior to arriving at GSU, Audia was the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Maryland. In addition to two seasons at Maryland, Audia served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for a highly-successful program at the University of Dayton, which earned four NCAA Tournament berths in her five years.
In five seasons at Dayton (2003-07), Audia helped head coach Tim Horsmon lead the Flyers to unprecedented success. The Flyers won the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament and reached the NCAA Tournament four out of five years (2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007), the first conference titles and NCAA berths in school history.
In her final season, the Flyers were ranked as high as No. 12 in the nation in the CSTV/AVCA Coaches Poll before finishing with a 33-2 record.
Audia was part of a coaching staff that produced four consecutive A-10 Players of the Year (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006), back-to-back Atlantic 10 Setters of the Year (2005, 2006), two A-10 Rookies of the Year (2003, 2007), four A-10 Tournament Most Outstanding Players (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007), 16 all-conference performers and eight AVCA honorable mention All-Americans.
A former collegiate setter, Audia worked directly with the Flyers' setters, tutoring 2005 A-10 Setter of the Year Nicole Schott and 2006 honoree Erin Schroeder, who also earned honorable mention all-America accolades.
At Dayton, Audia built a reputation as an outstanding recruiter, assembling three straight recruiting classes that were ranked among the nation's top 30 by PrepVolleyball.com. Her first full recruiting class at Dayton in 2004 was rated No. 28, followed by a No. 30 ranking in 2005 and then a No. 22 national ranking for the Flyers' 2006 class.
In 2008, Audia moved with Horsmon to Maryland, and she was promoted to associate head coach for the 2009 season.
Audia earned her bachelor's degree in sport management from Xavier in 2001. She was a standout setter for the Musketeers, earning All-Atlantic 10 Conference honors as a senior, when she ranked seventh in the nation in assists per game. The two-time team captain led Xavier to an average of nearly 20 wins per season in her four-year career.
Audia began her coaching career in 2001 with the 14 Open team at the Cincinnati Mizuno Classics. She then coached the Delaware (Ohio) High School team in 2002.
Audia is a native of Pontiac, Ill., and was inducted into the Pontiac Township High School Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2009-10 in May 2010. She currently resides in Atlanta.