|Alma Mater:||Georgia Southern|
Associate head coach Kelly Audia will begin his third season with Panthers in 2013. Audia joined the Georgia State staff in 2010.
In 2011, he helped guide the Panthers to the school’s first conference postseason berth in six years and a fourth-place finish in the Colonial Athletic Association. Along the way, the Panthers earned a second straight 8-6 CAA record, the first time above .500 in back-to-back seasons for GSU in league play since 2003-04.
Audia helped groom two of the league’s top attackers in Vineece Verdun and Muki Kangwa. Verdun’s .347 hitting percentage led the league and earned her a second straight All-CAA first-team selection. Meanwhile, Kangwa developed into one of the strongest forces in the league, finishing second with 3.71 kills and 4.22 points per set, taking home All-CAA third-team honors.
In his first year at GSU in 2010, Audia helped lead the Panthers to a 14-14 overall record, including an 8-6 CAA mark. After being picked 10th in the preseason, GSU finished in sixth place and was in the running for a CAA Tournament berth until the final weekend of the regular season. The eight CAA wins marked the most for GSU since 2005, its first year in the league. He also helped coach senior Ashley Jones (third team) and redshirt-junior Vineece Verdun (first team), who each earned All-CAA honors at the conclusion of the season.
Audia was named Georgia State’s volleyball assistant coach in June of 2010, bringing more than a decade of coaching experience to the program. He was promoted to associate head coach at GSU in 2012. He spent 13 years as the head volleyball coach at Sequoyah High School in Canton, Ga., compiling a record of 426-176 for a .707 winning percentage. During his tenure at Sequoyah, the team made playoff appearances in 11 of 12 seasons, including seven area championships, three final four appearances and two state 5-A runner-up finishes.
He also has served as president of the Georgia Volleyball Coaches Association. Audia is a six-time GVCA Area Coach of the Year and was twice named the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Senior All-Star coach.
Along with his duties at Sequoyah High School, Audia worked as the Technical Director and head coach for the 17-and-under, as well as 15 and under A5 Junior Olympic
Volleyball Team in Atlanta since 2004.
From 2003-10, he served as a lead instructor for Volley Performance in Atlanta, an organization that trained and developed high school and collegiate players throughout the state.
Audia, who resides in Atlanta, graduated from Georgia Southern in 1996 with a bachelor of science in health and physical education. He earned his master’s in education in 2002 from North Georgia College and State University. He is married to Tami Audia. They have one daughter.