PISCATAWAY, NJ — Rutgers volleyball head coach Caitlin Schweihofer announced the addition of two new members of the Scarlet Knights staff. Abby Detering joins the team as an assistant coach, while Bailey Williams has come on board as the team’s director of operations.
Detering is a familiar face to Big Ten fans as a former AVCA All-American standout at Penn State. She arrives in “On The Banks” after serving as an assistant at Kent State for three seasons.
During Detering’s first season on the sidelines with the Golden Flash, Kent State led the Mid-American Conference in batting percentage and finished second in kills per set. She partnered with the Setters, helping the Golden Flash develop a two-time All-MAC performer who moved to fourth on the program’s career assistant list and is on track to become just the second setter in program history to reach 1,000. career digs counts.
Before joining the coach, Detering began her collegiate career in Florida before joining the Nittany Lions for her junior and season seasons. In all, Detering racked up 12 NCAA Tournament wins during her career under the leadership of legendary coaches Russ Rose and Mary Wise.
During her career at Penn State, Detering saw time on the setter and on the right, totaling 1,793 assists and 254 kills in two seasons. She earned AVCA All-America commendation as a senior while helping the Nittany Lions set a 33-2 record and an appearance in the national semifinals.
After graduating from Penn State in December 2017 with a degree in communication arts and sciences, Detering turned pro and signed a professional contract to play with SG Kelag Klagenfurt of the Austrian A1 League. She also played for Pays d’Aix Venelles.
Williams comes “To The Banks” after spending the last two seasons with George Washington. She joined the staff of the Colonials as the team’s operations director before serving as an assistant coach last fall.
While at George Washington, Williams was a recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Diversity Award. She participated in a series of educational, development and relationship-building experiences in conjunction with the annual AVCA convention and remains a member of the alumni group that continues education and mentoring. She was the only recipient of the award in the Atlantic 10 and one of 26 sponsored recipients nationally.
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Williams played with George Mason and led the Patriots to their first Atlantic 10 postseason appearance in 2018. During her career, she racked up 961 kills, 970 digs, 129 total blocks and 85 service aces, earning A -10 seconds. Team All Conference. She was nominated as the NCAA Woman of the Year and named the team’s Most Valuable Player.
Williams graduated from George Mason in 2020 with a degree in communications with a concentration in media production and criticism and a minor in sports communications in 2020. She is currently working on her master’s degree in sports management.
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