Tami Audia is the first head coach in Georgia State sand volleyball history and the current head coach of the Panthers' court team.
Audia has been recruiting and planning for the inaugural sand season at GSU, taking place in spring 2013.
Formerly the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Maryland, was named head volleyball coach at Georgia State University on April 14, 2010.
In her first year at the helm of the Panthers volleyball program, GSU went 14-14 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 redshirt-junior Vineece Verdun (1st) to All-CAA accolades at the end of the season. The first team selection was the first for GSU since 2005.
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.