TORI PLUGGE | RECRUITING COORDINATOR
Texas State volleyball welcomed Tori Plugge in January 2020 and will manage the outside hitters and passing game in addition to her recruiting responsibilities.
Plugge joins the Texas State staff after two seasons at Ole Miss as the assistant coach/recruiting coordinator. Plugge worked primarily with the defensive specialists and passers. Last season, the team tallied 14 straight victories, tying the longest win streak in program history, including a 6-0 start in SEC play and their first win against a ranked opponent since 2010 when they upset No. 22 Missouri in four sets. That year she coached senior libero Nicole Purcell to a single-season record of 555 digs and Purcell led the SEC in both digs and digs per set. In her inaugural season at Ole Miss, the team captured the NIVC Championship, equaled the most wins in the rally era (22) and set numerous team and individual records. Plugge also guided libero Caroline Adams pass 1,000 career digs and Adams finished her career ranked second in the program in all-time digs.
Prior to Ole Miss, Plugge was an assistant coach at Arkansas State from 2015-16. In 2015 Plugge helped the Red Wolves reach a 28-2 record, including a perfect 16-0 mark in the Sun Belt Conference. They went on to win the conference tournament championship that year and secured the program’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1999. The following year the team went 25-9 and 15-1 in conference play and reached the conference tournament championship match for the second consecutive year. In 2015 Plugge helped then-freshman outside hitter Carlisa May earn Honorable Mention All-American honors from the AVAC in addition to numerous awards including Sun Belt Freshman of the Year, First-Team All-Sun Belt, AVCA Southwest Region Freshman of the Year, and Sun Belt Conference Tournament MVP. She also led outside hitter Darby Graff to All-Sun Belt Second Team honors and AVCA Southwest All-Region Honorable Mention accolades.
Plugge began her coaching career in 2014 as a volunteer assistant at Texas A&M, her alma mater. Working under Laurie Corbelli, Plugge helped Texas A&M to an overall 21-9 and 13-5 SEC record and an appearance to the NCAA Tournament.
As a player from 2009-12, Plugge finished her career with 1,480 digs, the second most in school history and the most in the rally scoring era. In her senior year, Plugge helped lead the team to a 25-6 record, including a 16-4 mark in the SEC and an appearance in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. She was a libero her first two years before moving back to the outside before her junior year (2011) and helped the team to a 23-8 record and a NCAA Tournament second round appearance. As a freshman in 2009, Plugge started at libero in all but the first four matches and had an immediate impact as she helped guide the Aggies to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Plugge graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management with a minor in communications and coaching. She also has a Master’s of Education in Sports Administration from Arkansas State in 2016. Plugge played one professional season for SCU Emlichheim in Emlichheim, Germany before beginning her coaching career.