The new era of IUPUI volleyball began Wednesday when the athletic department named Lindsey Buteyn its new head coach. The hire was in-house, as Buteyn has been an assistant on the staff since 2015.She served as an assistant under former head coach Steve Payne. Payne, who served as head volleyball coach for 22 seasons, was arrested in early November 2018 for possession of child pornograpghy. Buteyn served as interim in the wake of the arrest, as three regular season games remained.
A former player and graduate of the University of Alabama, Butelyn coached at Tusculum College (2010-12) and Northwestern State (2013-14) before joining the Jags staff.
Buteyn inherits a program in decline. At the height of the program, in 2013, the Jaguars won the Summit League and reached the NCAA Tournament. They followed that season’s performance up with 20 win seasons in both 2014 and 2015. IUPUI has failed to reach that threshold since, recording 12 in 2016, 16 in 2017, and a dismal nine in 2018.
Despite the coaching turmoil, Buteyn managed to sign a three-person recruiting class in Corrissa Remter, Allie Pogue, and Regan Trueblood. Up to this point, she’s also managed to retain player loyalty as no returning players have announced transfer from the program.
Two-way senior middle blocker Haley Hoffman returns next season, who lead the team in blocks with 116 and was fourth in kills with 174. Juniors Maddie Dean and Rhiannon Schuenemann should be strong returning factors as well. Dean finished second on the team last season with 200 kills while Schuenemann led the team in digs with 434.
Buteyn has a tall task in front of her to rebuild the reputation, both on and off the court, of the IUPUI volleyball program. With a solid core returning coupled with a good recruiting class, IUPUI has the groundwork set to return to the prestige it once had.