Head Coach : Richie Tang

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Coach Tang's Bio

2018 marks the 16th season that Head Coach Richie Tang will lead a volleyball program. The 2017 season marked the return of Florida Gateway College’s volleyball program since the Timberwolves last took the floor in 1982. Last year the Timberwolves finished with a 7 win season, while holding a winning home record inside the Howard Center at FGC. Coach Tang had two players selected to the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) “All-Academic” team in Tristyn Southerland and Madison Morrison. Southerland also led the entire FCSAA region in overall digs per set in 2017.

Prior to Florida Gateway College, Coach Tang was head coach at Oglethorpe University, a NCAA Division III program in Atlanta, Georgia. During his four years there he directed a program that recorded the most wins since the 2009 season, it also marked one of the highest win totals for the program in 20 years. The 2016 season was a record setting year for the team as that they had one of the highest conference finishes in over two decades of volleyball in Atlanta. Academics are a priority for Tang as he was able to turn a team that was near the bottom in overall team GPA in his inaugural year and turn them into the top women’s academic team the very next season on the Oglethorpe campus. He also established a competitive tournament for the first time in several years on campus. Tang has coached and developed two Southern Athletic Association (SAA) players to earn Second Team All-Conference Honors and seven players were selected for All-Conference honors in the SAA.

Coach Tang was a club coach for Arizona Desert Sky Volleyball club while also holding the position as assistant college recruiter. Each senior year class at the club was offered a position with a college/university. He also spent time as a high school varsity coach in Phoenix, Arizona with stops at Thunderbird High School and Millennium High School. At Thunderbird, he helped the Chiefs compile their most wins in over 40 seasons of volleyball there. He was honored with district and regional coach of the year awards. Coaching the Millennium Tigers, he tallied three 20-win seasons there, while consistently being ranked in the top 5 in the state and had several players recruited to play at the collegiate level.

Tang has served as a NCAA Division Three National Tournament Site Representative and as Division Three Southern Region Coach of the Year selection committee member. He is also a certified volleyball official for the Florida Region of USA Volleyball. Coach Tang also holds a CAP I Coaching certification from USA Volleyball.

FCSAA Results, Stats, Conference Standings and Team Information


1 Autumn Smith 5’2 DS/S Mayo, FL Lafayette Psychology
2 Kaitlann Knudson 5’5 DS Middleburg, FL Oakleaf Nursing
3 Nataleigh Nieuwenhuis 5’8 S/RS Fleming Island, FL Fleming Island Nursing
4 Antonette Ochipa 5’3 DS Oak Hill, FL New Smyrna Beach Nursing
6 Abigail Rich 5’6 DS/S Daytona Beach, FL Mainland Business
7 Ameah Gerideau 6’0 MH/RS Orlando, FL Oviedo Nursing
9 Madison Brugh 6’0 MH/OH Jacksonville, FL Middleburg Criminal Justice
10 Rebekah Stone 5’6 S/DS High Springs, FL First Christian Academy Education
12 Madison Morrison 6’0 MH/RS Baker County, FL Baker County Architecture
13 Kaitlyn Cline 5’10 OH/DS Keystone Heights, FL Keystone Heights Nursing
14 Jaylin Roberts 5’11 OH/RS Live Oak, FL Suwannee Business
22 Alexis Weeks 5’8 DS/OH Bell, FL Bell High School Animal Science
24 Ashton Mathews 6’0 MH/RS Bell, FL Bell High School Nursing
26 Katelyn Blong 5’8 OH/DS Bell, FL Bell High School Education