Cameron Sitler recently is in his eighth season as an assistant coach for HBU’s indoor volleyball program. He was named the head coach for the Huskies’ beach volleyball program following the 2018 season, after two years as associate head coach and one as assistant coach.
Sitler led the Huskies to the first-ever Southland Conference beach volleyball championship and earned Southland Conference Coach of the Year honors. Lauren Huggins and Alison Stanfill, the league’s Freshman of the Year, were named Pair of the Year and of the tournament. They were joined on the all-conference team by Danielle Okeke and Natalie Bennett. Huggins was also named SLC Beach Volleyball Student-Athlete of the Year and was joined on the all-academic team by Stanfill, Okeke and Bennett.
During the 2021 indoor season, HBU posted its best record since joining the Southland, going 21-9 overall and 12-2 in conference play to finish second and make its ninth-straight Southland Conference Tournament appearance. The Huskies also competed in their first NCAA postseason tournament since returning to Division I, facing Colorado State in the NIVC. Five Huskies were named to the all-conference teams and four made the all-academic team.
The Huskies went 8-4 in conference play to finish fifth in the shortened 2020-21 season, with four earning all-conference honors. In 2019, HBU posted a 17-15 overall record and earning the six seed with a 9-7 conference showing. Junior outside hitter Mikayla Vivens earned her second-straight all-conference honor. In 2018, HBU finished the season with a 16-16 overall record and tied for fifth in the league with an 8-8 mark. Vivens earned first-team all-conference and all-tournament team honors, while senior middle blocker Kayla Davenport earned Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-American recognition.
HBU went 21-10 and made its best showing in the Southland Conference by tying for third with an 11-5 mark in 2017. The Huskies kept their streak of Southland Conference Tournament appearances in tact at five in five seasons of Southland play, advancing to the semifinals. Senior outside hitters Jessica Wooten and Bailey Banks, who became the third and fourth members of HBU’s 1,000-kill, 1,000 dig club, respectively, earned All-Southland First Team honors and Academic All-Southland First Team honors. Senior middle blocker Blair Gillard earned second team all-conference honors and finished as the Southland’s all-time leader in block assists.
The Huskies posted an 18-15 record in 2016 and advanced to the Southland Conference Tournament after tying for fifth. The Huskies claimed tournament titles when they hosted the Barcelona Labor Day Classic, then went across town and won the Flo Hyman Collegiate Classic at the University of Houston. Banks and Kayla Armer were first-team all-conference selections, Gillard broke the SLC rally-scoring record for total blocks and was a second-team pick, while Ashlee Vann earned honorable mention. Banks, Armer and Gillard were each named to the academic all-conference team as well.
In 2015, the Huskies had a 17-17 overall record. HBU, which finished conference play with a 7-9 record, posted a runner-up finish as the sixth seed in the Southland Conference Tournament. At the end of the season, Huskies Allison Doerpinghaus and Jessica Wooten were named second team All-SLC, while Armer and Banks garnered honorable mention. Banks was also named SLC Newcomer of the Year. Wooten and Gillard were named to the SLC All-Tournament Team.
Academically, Armer and Doerpinghaus were named Academic All-SLC first team, while Doerpinghaus was named a CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 First Team and CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team selection, to pick up the first female academic all-America honor for the HBU athletic department since making the transition to NCAA Division I play in 2007.
On the beach side, Sitler guided the Huskies to back-to-back Southland Showcase titles in 2018 and 2019, ahead of what was supposed to be the league’s first official championship in the spring of 2020, which was canceled due to the pandemic. In 2018, the Huskies’ number one pair of Aeriel Horton and Jessica Wooten and the number two combo of Kayla Armer and Tori Hinojosa each qualified for the USA Volleyball Beach Championships, with Horton and Wooten advancing to bracket play.
Following the shortened 2020 season, senior Tori Hinojosa and sophomore Kylie Bryan were selected to the inaugural 10-member Southland Conference Beach Volleyball All-Academic Team and the program earned AVCA Team Academic Award for a second-straight year.
Sitler joined the Huskies after serving as an assistant coach at Texas-Pan American from 2010-2014. He also served as High Performance Coach and developed the Sting Sand Volleyball Program in 2014. He had been a club coach and tier trainer for the Rio Grande Valley Juniors since 2011 and served on the 2011 Junior Olympic staff.
As an indoor volleyball player, Sitler began his career at Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, before playing three seasons at King College in Bristol, Tennessee. During his collegiate career, he coached club programs in both Wichita and Bristol, in addition to the Houston area during the summers.
A native of Pearland, Texas, Sitler graduated from King College with a bachelor’s degree in technical communication and political science in 2010. He received a Master of Arts in communication from UTPA in 2014.