Billy Ebel enters his first season as an assistant coach on Ray Bechard’s coaching staff at the University of Kansas in 2018. Ebel joined the Jayhawks after five seasons at Lipscomb University.
“Billy’s infectious enthusiasm will serve our program very well,” Bechard said. “He is a great ambassador for volleyball. His hunger to learn and gain experience has made him an outstanding teacher in the gym. In addition to his time at Lipscomb and UMKC, he has played at the highest level of the men’s game, has been involved with USA Volleyball programs, and worked numerous summer camps — including ours at KU. He puts the athletes first — he’s most concerned about their development.”
During his time at Lipscomb, Ebel helped lead the Bisons to three Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season titles and three appearances in the NCAA Tournament. In 2014, Ebel and the Bisons earned the ASUN’s first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. After three seasons as an assistant coach he was promoted to associate head coach by Lipscomb head coach Brandon Rosenthal in 2016, which was the first time Rosenthal had named an associate head coach.
The Overland Park, Kansas, native also has extensive coaching experience with U.S. Women’s National Teams, where he has crossed paths with KU All-Americans Kelsie Payne and Ainise Havili on the national team circuit.
Ebel graduated from Ball State University in 2010, where he was a standout men’s volleyball student-athlete and served as team captain, earning all-conference honors during his senior year. In 2010, he set the school’s single-season record with a 3.05 digs-per-set average.
He cut his teeth in the coaching career as a volunteer assistant at UMKC under Bechard’s former KU assistant, Christi Posey.
Prior to joining the UMKC staff, Ebel served as a defensive coordinator at Bishop Miege, his former high school team. He helped the Lady Stags to the 2010 Kansas State Championship. While in college, Ebel served as a volunteer assistant coach at prep powerhouse Muncie Burris Laboratory High School in Muncie, Indiana, for three seasons. He helped guide the Owls to the Indiana Class 2A State Championship in each season and one national runner-up finish.
|THE EBEL FILE|
|Alma Mater: Ball State, 2010|
|Hometown: Overland Park, Kan.|
|2018-Present, Kansas, Assistant Coach|
|2016-17, Lipscomb, Associate Head Coach|
|2013-15, Lipscomb, Assistant Coach|
|2011-13, UMKC, Volunteer Assistant Coach|
|2010, Bishop Miege HS, Assistant Coach|
|2007-10, Burris Laboratory School, Volunteer Assistant Coach|
|2007-10, Ball State, Outside Hitter/Libero|