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Randi Raff, Recruiting Specialist at NCSA

Randi Raff, Recruiting Specialist

University of Southern Indiana
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(312) 579-2551

Growing up in a small (basketball) town in northwest Indiana, I fell in love with sport at a young age. I played basketball, swimming, volleyball, track, softball, tennis and basketball. Oh, and more basketball! Attending college basketball, football, and volleyball games at nearby Purdue University (where I would eventually earn my master’s degree in Pedagogy & Administration and serve as a GA Strength & Conditioning Coach) with my dad planted the drive in me to compete at the next level. In my early high school years, I shifted from playing AAU basketball to club volleyball; I was hooked! At that point I decided that was the sport I wanted to pursue at the collegiate level. I had very little opportunity to play in front of college coaches and struggled to gain exposure. Fortunately I found a college home at DII University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana (where I completed a BS in Exercise Science). Little did I know as an 18-year old kid that that one decision to play college volleyball would send me on a 22-year journey in college athletics and lead me to the women who remain my best friends today! Most recently, I was the head coach at my alma mater, University of Southern Indiana where I led the Screaming Eagles during our first season at the Division I level. During our time at the DII level, I helped bring the Eagles back to the top of the Great Lakes Valley Conference during my first three seasons. In my second season on the sidelines at USI, we won just the third-ever GLVC championship in 2020-21 and the first since I was a senior for the Eagles in 2004. Snapping a 17-year championship drought was a wonderful full-circle moment for me and a coaching highlight I will never forget! We went 17-4 during that COVID-19 altered season (including 14-4 during a regular-season) where we knocked off No. 1-ranked Lewis University to earn the No. 3 seed in the GLVC Tournament. During my time as head coach I was proud to see two players collect AVCA National Player of the Week honors and to earn the program’s first-ever national ranking, finishing the season ranked No. 15 in the final AVCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. Prior to landing back home with my Screaming Eagles I had the opportunity to not only coach in many different regions of the country, but also at all three NCAA levels as well as some high school and club ball. I even coached a little basketball, which got me back to my Hoosier roots!

One of the most valuable skills that can prepare a young person for adulthood is to learn to balance academics and athletics. Adulting is tough! But college sports will train you well. I believe there is a right fit for athletes who are dedicated to their sport, committed to working hard in the classroom and most of all, eager to learn and grow. College sports is where I learned to learn, and I am excited to share this passion with the athletes and families I encounter daily working with NCSA.