Associate head coach Kelly Audia recently completed his second year with the GSU Volleyball program during the 2011 season.
In 2011, he helped guide the Panthers to the school's first postseason berth in six years and a fourth place finish in the Colonial Athletic Association. Along the way, the Panthers recorded 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 per set 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 preseason 10th, 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 (3rd) and redshirt-junior Vineece Verdun (1st), who each earned spots on the All-CAA team at the conclusion of the season.
Audia was named Georgia State's volleyball assistant coach in June of 2010, bringing more than 13 years of coaching experience to the Georgia State 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.
Since 2003, he has served as a lead instructor for Volley Performance in Atlanta, an organization that trains and develops high school and collegiate players throughout the state.
Collegiately, he also served as a volunteer assistant and camp coach for the Georgia Tech volleyball team during the 2004 spring season.
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.