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COACHES

Keely Peterson
Head Coach

Keely Peterson enters her third season as head coach of the East Texas Baptist University volleyball program. In her second season, she led ETBU to a 13-19 record overall and the #3 seed in the American Southwest Conference Tournament from the East Division. Peterson coached ASC Community Service and Fred Jacoby Sportsmanship winner Abby Weaver.

2017 Highlights

  • Defeated #13 ranked UTD 3-2 at home
  • Finished 4-3 at home
  • Swept LETU 3-0 in both series this season
  • Defeated HSU 3-2 in the ASC Tournament
  • Paige Miller and Elyse Shaw were named to the All-ASC First Team
  • Abby Weaver and Allison Sevening named to All-ASC Second Team


2016 Highlights

  • Went 3-1 at home
  • Swept Texas Tyler winning in Ornleas Gym, 3-0, and in Tyler, 3-2
  • Defeated Birmingham Southern, who was receiving votes in the South Regional Poll, 3-2
  • Mallory Sanders earned All-ASC East Division First-Team, All-ASC, and ASC East Division Sportsmanship Athlete of the Year
  • Morgan Rupp and Kayla Green were All-ASC Second-Team
  • Mallory Sanders was voted a CoSIDA Academic All-American Third-Team selection which was the first-ever for the program

About Coach Peterson

  • Head coach for Gilmer High School from 2012-2015 where she won 89 games in four seasons with no losing record in district play and a co-district championship
  • Led Gilmer high to victory over Spring Hill High School in district play for the first time in 10 years
  • Reached the 4A Region II District 16 semifinals in the UIL playoffs
  • Volunteered for the Champions For Light Volleyball Camp in the summer of 2014
  • Assistant softball coach at ETBU under head coach Janae Shirley in 2012
  • Worked with the East Texas Juniors club level team in Longview, Texas, for three years
  • Played for ETBU from 2008-2010, where she helped lead them to two 20+ win seasons in 2008 and 2009
  • Keely is married to ETBU assistant baseball coach Torry Peterson and they have one daughter who is almost two years old

Playing Experience

  • ETBU (2008-2010)

Coaching Experience

  • Gilmer High School Head Volleyball Coach (2013-2015)
  • East Texas Juniors Club Team
 

Darby Graff
Assistant Coach

Darby Graff enters her second season as an ETBU assistant coach. Graff played collegiately at Texas A&M and Arkansas State University. She graduated from Texas A&M in 2015 and is from Hallsville, Texas.  

About Coach Graff

  • She played three seasons at Texas A&M where she was a member of the All-SEC Honor Roll in 2013 and 2014 and graduated early with a degree in University Studies - Sports Leadership Concentration.
  • She hit .339 in 2014 and helped the Aggies to two NCAA Tournament appearances
  • Graff transferred to Arkansas State University where she played in 2015
  • She led the Wolves to a 28-2 record going 16-0 in the Sun Belt Conference to win the conference championship and a spot in the NCAA Tournament
  • She averaged 3.03 kills per set and had 309 kills hitting .355 overall
  • Collected 71 blocks in the 2015 season and had a career-high 19 kills vs. Florida Gulf Coast and 10 blocks vs. Appalachian State
  • She also led them to a 24-match winning streak and a national ranking
  • At Hallsville High School, she was a two-time Texas Sports Writers Association All-State leading them to a 93-24 record in three years and earning the District 14-4A MVP was unanimously given the award

NCAA Division I Playing Awards

  • All-Sun Belt Conference 2nd team (2015)
  • AVCA Southwest Region honorable mention (2015)
  • Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week (2015)
  • SEC Academic Honor Roll (2013, 2014)

NCAA Tournaments

  • Arkansas State (2015)
  • Texas A&M (2012, 2013, 2014)

High School Awards

  • Texas State Sports Writers Association All-State first-team (2011)
  • Texas State Sports Writers Association All-Stat third-team (2010)
  • District 14-4A MVP (2011, 2010) – unanimous in 2011
  • District 14-4A Newcomer of the Year (2009)
  • All-East Texas Team (2009, 2010, 2011)
  • All-East Texas Top Hitter (2010, 2011)
  • All-East Texas Newcomer of the Year (2009)
  • AVCA Under Armour All-America Watch List (2011)
  • Two-time State Champion – high jump
 

Tori Stewart
Graduate Assistant

Tori Stewart enters her first season as a graduate assistant coach for Keely Peterson on ETBU's staff in 2017. Stewart was a four-year starter at North Carolina Wesleyan College and will be pursuing her master’s degree in Business Administration – Entrepreneurial Leadership

About Coach Stewart

  • Finished her career with 916 digs, 287 blocks, and 1,061 kills
  • Ranks 4th overall at North Carolina Wesleyan in career kills
  • Posted career high 25 kills vs. William Peace in senior season
  • Had 11 bocks vs. Haverford College
  • Had shoulder surgery in 2014
  • Graduated from North Carolina Wesleyan in 2017 with a degree in Organizational Administration – concentration in Sports Administration
  • Native of Purcellville, Virginia
  • Went to Loudoun Valley High School

Awards

  • USA South Rookie of the Week (2013)
  • USA South All-Tournament MVP (2013)
  • USA South All-Conference Honorable Mention (2015)
  • Team MVP (2015)
  • USA South All-Academic Team (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

High School Awards

  • Rookie of the Year (2010)
  • Team MVP
  • Two-Time All-Conference (2011, 2012)