Women’s Volleyball Coaches
Head Coach Warren Thomas
Coach Warren Thomas is entering his eighth season as Head Volleyball Coach with an overall record of 113-135 in NJCAA Region 24 (2012-2018). While in one of the toughest NJCAA Region’s in the country, he continues to dedicate himself growing the volleyball program to high competitive heights. While the 2018 season went through a downward decline due to top recruitment losses, the team still finished slightly under .500 percent with a 16-18 record.
Coach Thomas previous coaching positions have been in the United States Air Force as men’s and women’s club volleyball teams at various locations worldwide, along with playing internationally for the European Armed Forces Team and participating on German National League teams. Additionally, he was the varsity head coach for girls’ volleyball at Alamogordo High School (Division 5A), Alamogordo, New Mexico, where he coached for seven years.
Coach Thomas currently coaches under the Gateway USA Volleyball organization out of St. Louis, MO., H2 Illini club and is USAV CAP (Coaches Accreditation Program) II certified. He is a graduate from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. Thomas is also retired Air Force, enlisted for 28 years. Volleyball has been a major part of his life, playing and/or coaching, for over 40 years.
Assistant Coach Chelsi Hummert
Coach Hummert is entering her fourth season as the Assistant Volleyball Coach at SWIC. Coach Hummert is a 2011 Graduate of Freeburg High School. She was a 4 year varsity starter and member of the Class 2A State Championship team in 2008 and 2009. She was named the Belleville News Democrat’s Small School Player of the Year in 2009. She earned All-Conference honors in 2008, 2009, and 2010. In addition, she earned All-State honors in 2009 and 2010.
Coach Hummert played 7 seasons of club volleyball for Southwest Illinois Volleyball Club. Her club volleyball career included several National Championship appearances with 5th place finishes in 2008 and 2009. She earned an All-American accolade in 2010.
Coach Hummert played volleyball at Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville in 2011 where she appeared in 25 matches as a freshman. In 2012, she transferred to SWIC and played for Coach Warren Thomas (his first year as Head Coach). While at SWIC, she was named to the All-Region team. She finished out her volleyball career with 2 seasons at Lindenwood University- Belleville. At Lindenwood, she was named All-Conference and All-American in 2013 and 2014. She also was a member of the Capital One Academic All-American Team in 2014 for her efforts in the classroom and on the court. Coach Hummert is a 2015 graduate of Lindenwood University-Belleville with a degree in Elementary Education. She is currently an 8th Grade Language Arts Teacher and coaches 7th Grade Volleyball at Freeburg Middle School.