Head Coach

DANIJELA TOMIC

BGSU Head Coach Danijela Tomic completed her sixth year at the helm of the Falcon volleyball program in 2017 and has already made her impact on the volleyball program. In her first year with the Falcons, she took the team to heights never reached before, winning a match in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history and advancing to the second round. Most recently, Coach Tomic was named 2017 MAC Coach of the Year for the first time in her career, after leading the Falcons to its first MAC Regular Season title since 1992 by a league mark of 13-3.

In its historic run in the 2017 campaign, the Bowling Green volleyball squad featured numerous notable wins and awards, including its first win over Miami since 2013, first win at Ohio since 2001, as well as its first win at Western Michigan since 1995. Individually, Tomic's team also received six different All-MAC honors by four different players as well as nine of the season's 12 MAC Defensive Player of the Week awards. Overcoming several odds, the Falcons were voted by league coaches to finish fifth overall in the East Division in the 2017 MAC preseason poll, before they earned the MAC Regular Season title by a record of 13-3, and an invite into the NIVC Tournament by finishing the season with a record of 17-12.

In the last two seasons, Tomic has also developed a Bowling Green program that has earned every MAC individual postseason award including 2017 MAC Player of the Year (Kallie Seimet), 2016 MAC Freshman of the Year (Isabelle Marciniak), 2016 MAC Setter of the Year (Isabelle Marciniak), and back-to-back MAC Defensive Player of the Years (2016 – Madeline Garda, 2017 – Kallie Seimet).

In her first season with BGSU, Tomic also guided a 2012 team to a second-place finish in the Mid-American Conference regular season and then took the program on a magical run through the MAC Tournament that included five set victories in both the semifinals and championship matches. BGSU went on to face Yale in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and earned yet another five-set win, before succumbing to No. 1-ranked Penn State in the second round.

Tomic has posted a career record of 246-153 during a 13-year career that also includes seven seasons as the head coach at Florida International prior to her arrival at Bowling Green.

BGSU has become a determined and tough-minded team under Tomic, winning 10 consecutive five-set matches at one point – three of which came during that 2012 postseason run. In 2013, the team earned a huge five-set victory over No. 13 BYU – the first win over a ranked opponent in program history. Over the course of five years, BGSU has a 26-16 record in five-set matches under Tomic.

In five years at BGSU, Tomic’s teams have compiled an array of awards, including six first-team all-conference honors, a second-team all-conference honoree, three All-MAC Honorable Mention recipient, two MAC All-Freshman team selections, three members of the MAC All-Tournament Team, the MAC Tournament Most Valuable Player, 24 MAC Player of the Week honors, four MAC Scholar-Athlete of the Week awards and one MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete.

Academically, the program has excelled under Tomic. The team earned public recognition by the NCAA for an APR rate that ranks among the top-10 percent in the country in the sport of volleyball. 34 Falcons have been named either Academic All-MAC or honorable mention Academic All-MAC in five years. As well, Lindsey Butterfield (2012) and Laura Avila (2013) were both named to the first-team Academic All-District Team, while Erica Fullenkamp (2014) also earned second-team Academic All-District accolades. Finally, the program has earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for 16 consecutive seasons – the second-longest streak in the country.

Prior to her arrival at Bowling Green, Tomic was a three-time Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year at Florida International. In seven years as head coach at FIU, she had a record of 158-61.

 A 1999 graduate of Arkansas-Little Rock, Tomic was named Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year in 2006, 2008, and 2009, guiding the Panthers to the NCAA Tournament in each of those last two seasons. The 2009 team set a program record by going 32-4, which included a 17-0 mark in conference play.

Tomic took over at FIU in 2005 and made an immediate impact as her team improved by 12 wins over the previous season and reached the SBC Tournament as the No. 6 seed after missing out in two of the previous three years before her arrival.

In seven years at FIU, her players earned six AVCA All-American awards, two Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year honors, and 24 All-Sun Belt Conference awards. Under her tutelage, one student-athlete was named AVCA South Region Freshman of the Year.

Tomic also demands well-rounded student-athletes as her team earned the Dr. Paul D. Gallagher Community Service Award in 2008, presented to the FIU team that has gone the extra mile in performing community service throughout the year. She had 20 selections to the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s List (grade point average of 3.5 or better) and 27 selections to the Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Prior to her time at FIU, Tomic was an assistant coach at LSU during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. Before that, she spent six years as an assistant coach at her alma mater UALR from 1997-03. She played at UALR from 1995-97 as an outside hitter, right side hitter, and setter, helping to lead the team to the 1996 NCAA Tournament. She was named Most Valuable Player of the SBC Tournament that year and recorded a tournament record 32 digs during the championship match in 1996.

A graduate of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy in 2013, Tomic is also a member of The Alliance of Women Coaches.

A native of Catici, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tomic graduated from UALR in 1999 with a degree in health education.

Associate Head Coach

ALEX DELPIOMBO

Alex DelPiombo joined the Bowling Green State University volleyball staff in February 2016, bringing over 15 years of coaching and playing experience to the Falcons' staff. 
 
“I am thrilled to welcome Alex to the Falcon family. She brings a wealth of experience at the setter position and in recruiting. Alex is a rising star in the volleyball coaching community, who is highly respected by her peers. Everyone I have spoken with had only great things to say about her as a coach, but more importantly as a person,” stated Coach Tomic. “Alex is a great fit for our program and her personality mixes well with that of our players and staff. We were excited during the interview process because she seemed like the perfect fit from the beginning. Moreover, Alex is a great recruiter who is well organized, professional and experienced, and she will be a great asset to our program in a role of a recruiting coordinator.”
 
DelPiombo comes to BGSU having served the last two years as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. Prior to her time at Samford, DelPiombo worked for two years as an assistant coach and the director of volleyball operations at Morehead State University.
 
While an assistant coach at Samford, DelPiombo managed the recruiting efforts and was the primary contact to all potential student-athletes, organized the recruiting visits and campus tours. She also worked directly with the setters, while also assisting in all areas of on court training, video analysis, team travel and the promotion and organization of the volleyball summer camps.
 
Over her two seasons at Samford, the Bulldogs posted an overall record of 35-25 and a 21-11 record in Southern Conference play.
 
In 2014, the Bulldogs finished the season with a record of 20-13 overall and won the 2014 Southern Conference Championship Tournament with a 3-1 win over Furman in the championship match to advance to the 2014 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship Tournament. Samford drew Alabama in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and took the Crimson Tide to five sets before falling to the SEC powerhouse, 3-2. Michaela Reesor earned a spot on the All-SoCon First Team, while Chelsi Carter and Erin Bognar were both named to the All-SoCon Second Team.
 
With the loss of three starters, including the 2013 SoCon Player of the Year and the 2013 SoCon Libero of the Year heading in to the 2015 season, the Bulldogs finished the year with an overall record of 15-12 and finished in fourth-place overall in the Southern Conference with a 10-6 league record on the season. T.J. Russell and Bognar were both named to the All-SoCon Second Team, while Kate Neisler earned a spot on the All-SoCon Freshmen Team.
 
DelPiombo’s time as an assistant coach and director of operations at MSU provided her the opportunity to gain experience in setter training and other aspects of on court training. She also assisted in recruiting, team academic advising and scheduling. She was very involved in community relations as she promoted and organized summer camps and kids clinics.
 
During her time at Morehead State in 2012 and 2013, she helped guide the Eagles to a conference-record 24-match winning streak and the team’s third and fourth straight Ohio Valley Conference titles, winning the championship in both 2012 and 2013. The Eagles posted an overall OVC record of 31-1, recorded back-to-back seasons with the highest attendance in the OVC in 2012 and 2013, and also made an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013.
 
In 2013, DelPiombo’s second on the MSU sidelines, the Eagles went 27-8 overall, 15-1 in conference play and won both the 2013 OVC Regular Season Championship and the 2013 OVC Championship Tournament. MSU fell to the No. 18 ranked Fighting Illini of the Big-10 in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
 
The previous season in 2012, MSU posted an overall record of 26-7 and went a perfect 16-0 in OVC play to win the 2012 OVC Regular Season Championship, their third straight OVC Championship title.
 
Over her two seasons with the Eagles, DelPiombo helped to tutor five All-OVC honorees in Ellie Roberson, Annie Gruenschlaeger, Leslie Schellhaas, Courtney Smith and Aryn Bohannon, as well as a 2013 All-OVC Newcomer selection in Alex Fitzmorris.
 
A recipient of a 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association Coaches4Coaches Scholarship, DelPiombo has assisted in the coordination and promotion of summer camps at both Samford and Morehead State. She has also served as the setting position coach for both the Dex Volleyball Camp, LLC. and the Morehead Volleyball Camp, LLC., and worked as an assistant coach at the KIVA Elite Camp, the Joe Getzin Whitehall High School Camp and as an assistant camps coach for four years at Gannon University.
 
DelPiombo was a decorated player for four years at Gannon University (Pa.) where she was the starting setter her final two seasons and served as the team captain for two seasons as well. She finished her career with 1,754 assists to rank seventh in school history. DelPiombo also helped guide Gannon to three NCAA Tournament berths.
 
As a four-time member of the school’s Dean’s List, she was also a four-time winner of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete award during her collegiate career.
 
She graduated in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in communications.
 
A native of Monroe, Mich., she attended St. Mary’s Catholic Central High School where she was a two-sport star, lettering in both volleyball and softball, and a three year team captain for the volleyball team. DelPiombo led her volleyball team to the state title her junior season. She was twice named to the Michigan All-State First Team and was tabbed the Region Player of the Year her senior season.

Assistant Coach

ALISON COOKE

The Bowling Green State University volleyball program and head coach Danijela Tomic announced the hiring of Alison Cooke as Assistant Volleyball Coach on Monday (June 19) morning. Cooke has been the Volunteer Assistant Volleyball Coach at Duke University since March of 2015. Cooke will work primarily with BGSU’s defense and passing.
 
”I am very excited to welcome Alison to BGSU and our staff. She comes from a coaching family and understands the level of love, commitment, sacrifice and hard work our profession requires,” said Tomic. “Alison had an outstanding career as a student-athlete and spent the last two years gaining first-hand coaching experience at an excellent Duke program.
 
“Alison is a great fit for our team, BGSU and the Bowling Green community because of her character, passion for volleyball, learning, coaching and mentoring young women.”
 
Working alongside Duke’s head coach since 1999 in Jolene Nagel, Cooke and the Blue Devils went 21-9 in 2016, including a 15-5 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference. In her first season in Durham, Duke went 17-13 (12-8 ACC) and ended the season with a victory over ranked North Carolina.
 
At Duke, Cooke played a large role in player development, and assisted with practice planning. In addition to her roles with player development and practice planning, Cooke tracked opponent’s in-match offense. Cooke aided with administrative office duties, as well, on top of organizing summer camps. At Duke, Cooke assisted with recruiting visits. In addition to her duties with the varsity program, Cooke also served as the men’s club volleyball head coach at Duke.
 
"I am so excited to be joining the BGSU Falcon family! I knew as soon as I spoke with Coach Tomic and after meeting with the rest of the staff, that this was a program of which I wanted to be a part,” said Cooke. “I sincerely thank Coach Tomic, the athletic department, and Bowling Green State University for this incredible opportunity. I am thrilled to begin this new chapter!"
 
Cooke has also spent extensive time at the club level, and most recently has spent time as a resource coach with Triangle Volleyball Club in Raleigh, N.C. Cooke worked with the elite 18 teams, running clinics and provided instruction and feedback for player development. Prior to that, she trained and worked private lessons at Carolina Union Volleyball Club.
 
A standout setter at Wingate University, Cooke led the Bulldogs to three NCAA Elite Eight appearances, and was a two-time AVCA All-American. Cooke averaged 10.50 assists per set across her senior year, setting up an offense that finished in the top 20 nationally in kills per set.
“I feel that I have a tremendous enthusiasm for the sport, and a great passion for coaching and developing players into strong leaders, competitors, and people,” Cooke continued. “I truly enjoy learning from other people's experiences and sharing my own, and I look forward to contributing significantly to this program. While I will be primarily working with passing and defense, I have experience playing and coaching different positions, and am eager to contribute to this strong program!”
 
A native of Davidson, N.C., Cooke earned her psychology degree from Wingate in 2014, and she has since completed her master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University Irvine. She is the daughter of Dick Cooke, who is the head baseball coach at Davidson College, where he led his program to an unprecedented trip to the Super Regionals this season.