Oklahoma volleyball head coach Santiago Restrepo announced the completion of his coaching staff Wednesday by adding former Southern Mississippi assistant Kelly Files and former Cornell assistant Steve Loeswick. Files just completed her second year on the Golden Eagles staff with Restrepo, while Loeswick wrapped his fifth year as the lead assistant at Cornell.
A former Lady Eagle volleyball player, Files completed her second season at Southern Miss and her first in a full-time position with the volleyball program. Her responsibilities included recruiting, conditioning, on-the-floor coaching and administrative work.
“Kelly brings a lot to the table,” said Restrepo. “She is an extremely hard worker, a great young teacher and a great recruiter. She will also be a great asset to our program because she relates very well to student-athletes. She has been at Southern Miss since I arrived and I am very excited that she has decided to join our staff at Oklahoma.”
Following an outstanding playing career at Southern Miss, Files finished her career, ranking among the top-10 leaders in several statistical categories. She was a four-year starter and letterwinner, leading the team in kills, service aces and blocks her final two seasons. During her playing career, she was named to several all-tournament teams.
Files received her bachelor’s degree in exercise science in May 2002, and is currently working on a master’s degree in athletics administration. She will continue her graduate work at Oklahoma.
Files was a three-year letterwinner in volleyball for Coach Patty McWilliams at Blue Springs South High School in Blue Springs, Mo. She was named all-state, all-conference and all-district for three straight years. The three-year All-Kansas City Area performer was named "Player of the Year" in 1997, and she was selected to participate in the Kansas City All-Star Volleyball Game.
On Dec. 13, 2003, she married Brandon Files of San Diego, Calif.
“Both Kelly and Steve are extremely hard workers,” said Restrepo. “I have long standing relationships with both of them and they both have excellent track records of success."
Loeswick has worked side-by-side with Cornell head coach Christie Ross the last five seasons and helped restore the Big Red to regional prominence. In 2003 Cornell finished second in the Ivy League with a 21-4 record.
“I am really excited about Steve joining our staff. He was an outstanding recruiter at Cornell where they do not have the benefit of scholarships. I have no doubt he’ll do a tremendous job recruiting with us, “ said Restrepo. “Steve is another great teacher, especially in his area of expertise with setters.”
Loeswick had responsibilities in all aspects of the program, from recruiting and scouting to practice and match preparation. He was been instrumental in the development of 2000 Ivy League Player of the Year Robin Moore, as well as 16 All-Ivy selections during his time as assistant coach. Cornell a 93-38 record during Loeswick’s five year stint at Cornell.
After serving as an assistant coach for Martinus Club, a professional women's team in Holland, the former standout setter joined the Cornell program in 1998.
A four-year starter at setter at the University of Southern California, Loeswick became only the third Trojan player to start at that spot all four years. He ranked 10th nationally with a 15.86 assist-per-game average. A 1996 graduate of USC with a degree in exercise science, Loeswick, who was named to the 1993 Volleyball Monthly All-Freshman team, was named to the Mountain Pacific Sport Federation All-Academic team following his senior year.
Loeswick participated in the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1993 and 1994, serving as captain of the squad that captured the silver medal.
A native of North Tonawanda, N.Y., Loeswick made Volleyball Monthly's Fabulous 50 Preps list as a senior in 1992.
In the summer of 1991, Loeswick was a member of the gold medal team at the Empire State Games. He twice participated on the U.S. Junior Elite team and also played for the Rochester Pace Bootlegger club team, where he was an AAU All-America selection.