MONROE, La. - ULM volleyball head coach Ernest Vasquez announced Tuesday the addition of BJ Trame to the Warhawks staff as an assistant coach. The appointment is pending final approval by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.
"BJ is the kind of coach I've wanted for a long time now," said head coach Ernest Vasquez. "He brings a lot of Division I experience after working for two very well-established programs under respected head coaches."
Trame spent his past three seasons as an assistant coach for Illinois State, where his primary duty was serving as the recruiting coordinator.
His ability for finding quality talent has proven itself as the Redbirds finished third at the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament the past two seasons. During his tenure he helped coach two MVAC first team selections and one second team selection, as well as three freshman team picks and six scholar-athletes. Another player was also chosen for the USA Volleyball A2 program.
"The benefit of having such a seasoned assistant coach is it's only going to increase the level of success we have started on the road toward these past two years," said Vasquez. "Now that our team has begun to show its potential, we have been able to attract the kind of talent and knowledge BJ has to offer."
Trame has been a member of a championship winning staff after he began his collegiate coaching career at Miami University in 2006. As a graduate assistant coach, he helped guide the RedHawks to a Mid-American Conference Championship in 2007.
During his time at Miami, where he received his undergraduate education, Trame also coached the women's club team. He worked with the program for two seasons, first as an assistant coach for the 2005-06 season before moving up to head coach in 2006-07. He was also a player on the men's club team from 2003-06.
He spent a season at the University of Findlay between his jobs at Miami and Illinois State where he performed a variety of roles as the interim assistant coach.
Not a stranger to winning national championships, Trame also secured a title as a club volleyball coach. As head coach for the Ohio Valley Performance Region his team won the 2007 USA Volleyball High Performance Championship. He also coached the Boderline junior volleyball club team during the same tenure, which spanned from 2002-08.
Trame earned two bachelor's degrees from Miami in history and sports studies with a minor in coaching. His master's degree is in sports behavior and performance with an emphasis on sports psychology.