Gaudioso is in his first year as men's volleyball head coach at Lees-McRae.
"With Dave we have someone who has great passion for the sport and development of our young people far reaching the volleyball court," praised McPhail. "His experience will make all of us better and I am excited to be a part of this process."
Gaudioso was an assistant coach for the girls' varsity team at Summit High School in Frisco, Colo. He assisted in developing the offensive system, serve/receive and training setters and liberos and with planning the execution of practice.
In 2004, he was the head volleyball coach at Masuk High School, where his squad was the lowest seed (12) in tournament history to make the state champoinship finals. The team had three all-state representatives, five all-conference members and one all-New England honoree. His squad was the South West Conference champion runner-up.
Gaudioso led the Panther High Performance Volleyball Camp in 2004 while being the head court coach at the Penn State Team Volleyball Camp (2003) and the Wesleyan College Nike Volleyball Camp (2002).
In 2003, he was the assistant women's volleyball coach at Yale University. Gaudioso was responsible for planning and executing practices for a NCAA DI volleyball team; including scheduling, recruiting, travel arrangements, academic study groups, video tape exchange, scouting and supervision of strength training program.
At Weston High School in Weston, Conn., he led the school to the most wins in a season (2002) while reaching the SWC semis and placing four student-athletes on the all-conference squad.
He served as the court coach from 1999-2000 at the Fairfield University Nike Skills Camp.
"Dave brings tremendous passion and energy to our program and department. He believes in building a family atmosphere and deeply cares about the success and development of his student-athletes, both on and off the court. In the gym, his motor is always "on"," said head men's and women's volleyball coach Dave Schmidlin. "Our athletic department and volleyball programs will benefit greatly from the DI experience he brings from Yale. I am excited to welcome Dave and his family to the Lees-McRae family!"
Gaudioso currently resides in Mars Hill with his wife and two children.
Dave Schmidlin is in his first season as the head men’s and women’s volleyball coach at Lees-McRae College.
Schmidlin brings a wealth of coaching experience to Lees-McRae, previously serving as the head coach of the men’s volleyball program at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well as the women’s volleyball coach at Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan) and the University of Saint Francis (Fort Wayne, Indiana).
Schmidlin led Cardinal Stritch to a 56-37 record in his three seasons at the helm, including a 26-13 mark during the 2010 campaign while leading the Wolves to the national semifinals. While at Cardinal Stritch, Schmidlin mentored three all-americans, seven all-conference performers, and one conference player of the year.
A native of Birmingham, Michigan, Schmidlin has a history of leading programs to success in the classroom as well, guiding his Cardinal Stritch team to a 3.3 grade point average over two seasons, with nine Wolves earning all-conference academic honors. His squad at Oakland also performed well in the classroom, maintaining a 3.3 GPA over the course of four seasons, as 25 Golden Grizzlies garnered all-conference academic recognition.
Schmidlin began his coaching career as the assistant men’s volleyball coach at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne, where he served as the recruiting coordinator, as well as the strength and conditioning coordinator for 10 years, four of which while pursuing his undergraduate degree. The Mastodons posted a 153-100 record during Schmidlin’s tenure at the Fort Wayne, Indiana school, earning three conference titles while advancing to the NCAA Tournament in 1994 and 1999.
The Birmingham, Mich. native graduated from IPFW with a Bachelor of Arts in general studies. He is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association, and has worked with the USA Volleyball High Performance Program as a talent evaluator for various national team programs for over 15 years.