PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has named Dustin Sahlmann its new head volleyball coach, according to Athletics Director Lonza Hardy Jr.
Sahlmann, a former interim head coach at the University of New Orleans, brings a wealth of knowledge to UAPB with his 20-plus years of experience in the field.
Sahlmann began his coaching career at the University of Arkansas as a student-assistant coach for two seasons (1994, 1995). In the 1994, the Razorbacks' inaugural season of volleyball, he helped lead UA to a 19-17 overall record and a 10-5 mark in Southeastern Conference play. The following season, the Razorbacks finished 25-15 overall and 11-4 in SEC play.
In his two seasons at UA, Sahlmann helped produce Krystal Osborne, the school's all-time kills leader, and Tina Rico, the school's all-time assists leader.
After his stint at the UA, Salhmann moved to the high school ranks and was named the head volleyball coach at Pulaski Academy High School in Little Rock, Ark., a position he served in from August 2007 to March 2009. At Pulaski Academy High, he oversaw the entirety of the volleyball program as he worked with student-athletes from the seventh to the 12th grade. He also served as head coach and board member of the Little Rock Junior Volleyball Club (2007-2013).
In July 2011, Salhmann became the head volleyball coach at Philander Smith College (2011 -2013) in Little Rock, Ark. His 2012 team finished fifth in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference volleyball tournament. Also that season, two members of his team earned all-conference honors.
Sahlmann then ventured to the Pelican State and became the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of New Orleans in New Orleans, La. in August 2013. His duties included working with the setters and liberoes. In 2013, he produced the Southland Conference's newcomer-of-the-year.
In January 2014, Sahlmann was named interim head coach at UNO, a position he held until he was named assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, La. That season saw Rebecca Redgen earn a second team all-conference berth.