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Hal Messersmith, who has served on the UAB volleyball staff since 2006, was tabbed in March 2011 as head coach of the Blazers' new sand volleyball program.
Over the past five years, Messersmith has held positions as an assistant coach and the director of volleyball operations for the UAB court volleyball team. He will now guide the Blazers' sand squad in its first season of competition in Spring 2012.
Since coming to UAB, Messersmith has been a part of the most successful span in the history of the court program, helping the Blazers to three 20-win seasons and two appearances in the NCAA tournament in his five years.
Messersmith has worked with his wife, UAB volleyball head coach Kerry Messersmith, for the past 10 seasons. He spent five years with her on the staff at Georgia Southern prior to arriving at UAB in 2006.
Additionally, Messersmith has overseen the academic and financial aid aspects of the UAB volleyball program. He organizes team travel and facilities scheduling while also coordinating all video operations for the Blazers' court team.
In addition to his 10 seasons in collegiate volleyball, Messersmith has nearly 20 years of head coaching experience in college football, baseball and basketball. From the mid-1980s through 2001, he posted 17 winning seasons in those sports while graduating 95 percent of his student-athletes.
Messersmith's coaching experience includes stops at Chadron State, Allen County (Kan.) Community College, Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College and Arizona Western College.