The team will face Oakland at 9 a.m. CT on Friday to open the campaign
The 2014 season begins on Aug. 29 at the Bronco Classic in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Sahlmann comes to Ruston after spending the 2013 season at the University of New Orleans
While at UNO, Sahlmann was responsible for training the setters, defensive specialists and libero's, while also serving as the recruiting coordinator for the Lady Privateers. Sahlmann assisted in organizing and administrating practice plans and was in charge of game planning in his one-year stint at UNO.
Prior to his time with the Privateers, Sahlmann spent two seasons as the head volleyball coach at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, where his duties included game planning, recruiting, scheduling, fundraising and overseeing all academic progress for the student-athletes.
In addition to serving as the head coach at Philander Smith College, Sahlmann also spent six years as the director of player development for the Little Rock Juniors Volleyball Club, a training program designed for young volleyball players in Central Arkansas, between 2007 and 2013.
From 2007 to 2008, Sahlmann also served as a head coach for the Pulaski Academy volleyball team in Little Rock, where he helped with the organization of practices for both junior high and high school teams.
Sahlmann's coaching career originally began at the University of Arkansas, where he was a volunteer assistant for the Razorbacks during the 1994-95 campaign. In Sahlmann's time at Arkansas, he spent time as a member of the very first coaching staff in the history of the program, which also won back-to-back Southeastern Conference West Division championships.
Sahlmann has earned his degree from the University of Phoenix at Little Rock in 2009, where he studied Business Management. He also spent time working on his business degree at both Arkansas and UALR.
Although he is a native of Pasco, Wash., Sahlmann is a graduate of McDowell High School in Erie, Pa. Sahlmann is married to Shea, who was a college volleyball player at Henderson State. They have two children, Britney and Arron.
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