Mocs Volleyball Coach Travis Filar Resigns

(gomocs.com) CHATTANOOGA—The Chattanooga Mocs announce a leadership change in the volleyball program. Coach Travis Filar resigned after 11 years leading the program Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Mark Wharton released Thursday morning.

“I thank Travis for his efforts in leading our volleyball program over the last 11 years,” Wharton stated. “He, his wife Natalie and their three children are part of our Mocs family, and we wish them nothing but the best in the future.”

The brightest of his many highlights is the work of the 2015 Southern Conference Regular Season Championship squad. The Mocs went 26-6 as he became its second mentor to earn SoCon Volleyball Coach of the Year accolades. That squad claimed its first “Power 5” win since 2004 on the road at Virginia Tech winning the Hokie Invitational. The 2016 crew added another against Ole Miss.

“I want to thank everyone that has been a part of making my 11 years here at Chattanooga so special,” Filar shared. “Most importantly all of the student-athletes that believed in our program and the very special “Mission First, Family Always” culture of Chattanooga Volleyball. That being said, my biggest thanks goes to my rock, the strongest and most selfless person I know, my wife Natalie, for always supporting me throughout my coaching career, and my biggest fans, our children – Savanna, Luke, and Kathryn.

“Even though Chattanooga has become home, I know it is the right decision to resign from my position here, and I can do so with my head held high because I am leaving the program better than what it was when I took over in 2011.  Finally, I am excited to see what is in store for my family and I as I close this chapter of my 21-year run in college coaching to pursue other professional opportunities outside of athletics.”

Filar’s recruited and coached 12 All-SoCon selection including five all-freshman honorees. It was his first recruiting class that led the program to the 2015 SoCon title. That led to back-to-back SoCon Tournament title matches.

Two of the Mocs 26 all-time CoSIDA Academic All-Americans came under his watch in Christina Teter (2012) and Megan Kaufman (2020-21). That covers all sports and are the only two volleyball student-athletes on the list. The program received the AVCA Team Academic Award in each of the last nine seasons. Seven of the nine CoSIDA Academic All-District honorees came under his watch: Teter (2011, 2012), Kaufman (2018, 2019, 2020-21), Sarah Batterton (2015) and Brenna Everingham (2020-21).

“My thanks to Travis and his family for their dedication to our student-athletes,” Wharton added. “His ‘family first’ approach to the program built the sort of culture you want for all of your teams. He is leaving this program with a solid foundation for the future.”

 

A national search for a successor is underway. Assistants Darin Van Horn and Scott Carter remain on staff during this transition. Van Horn also serves as head coach of the beach volleyball program.

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