In his first experience in collegiate coaching, Mitch Baumgartner joins the USF Volleyball staff as a volunteer assistant coach under Frank Lavrisha, one of the winningest coaches in NCAA Division II history.
Baumgartner was a standout player on the men's club volleyball team at Illinois State University from 2010-2014. He received first-team all-tournament accolades at the NCVF D1 Club Nationals in Reno, Nev. in 2014, where Illinois State finished third-overall. Baumgartner was president of the club his final two years (2012-14).
He was not only involved with club athletics at Illinois State, but also with the university's Division I women's team. Baumgartner was a practice player during the 2013 and 2014 seasons under Melissa Myers. In 2014, he accompanied Myers and the team as they recorded their first NCAA DI tournament win over Marquette University since 1996.
In the past two years, Baumgartner has taught physical education and was the athletic director for one year at Mohave Valley Junior High School in Mohave Valley, Ariz.
Although he is new to the collegiate world of coaching, he has coached 15's, 16's and 18's at both the regional and national club volleyball level.
Baumgartner graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor's degree in physical education, with a minor in coaching in 2014.
He is originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Mundelein, Illinois.