RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Commonwealth University Volleyball program has named Nikola Petrovic assistant coach and Makini Thompson a volunteer assistant, Head Coach James Finley announced Monday.
Petrovic (pictured, left) joins the Rams after a four-year stint as head coach at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan. Prior to Garden City, Petrovic served as an assistant coach – and was later elevated to interim head coach - at UAB in 2005.
During his stay at UAB, Petrovic recruited four All-Conference USA players, as well as three student-athletes that went on to win All-AVCA honors. Petrovic helped lead the Blazers to a 14-13 mark that season, the school's best record in 10 years.
Prior to his UAB tenure, Petrovic served as an assistant coach at Barton Country Community College in 2004, as well as at Division II Northwood University from 2001-03. Two Northwood players captured All-America honors during Petrovic's stay and 11 were selected All-Conference.
A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Petrovic played setter for Serbian professional club Zeleznicar for five years. Petrovic graduated from the University of Belgrade in 1997 with a degree in physical education.
Thompson (pictured, right) joins Finley's staff after an outstanding playing career at Florida State and Long Beach State, as well as on the international circuit.
During the 2010 season, Thompson served as a co-coach of Smash 18, the top-ranked club team in New England. Smash won the Great Nor'Easter and Mizuno Winterfest Tournaments and represented New England at the USAV Nationals in Reno.
In 2008, Thompson played professionally for Langenthal VBC in Switzerland. She is also a member of the Jamaican Senior National team and competed in last year's Caribbean Championships in Suriname, where she helped the Jamaicans take fifth place.
A 6-0 outside hitter, Thompson enjoyed three superb seasons at Florida State from 2005-2007. In 2006, she became the first Florida State player to earn All-AVCA honors as a junior when she collected an honorable mention nod.
Thompson recorded more than 1,200 kills during her three-year stint with the Seminoles, the 21st player in school history to reach 1,000. For her efforts, Thompson collected a First Team All-ACC award in 2006, as well as a Second Team All-ACC selection as a senior in 2007.
In addition to Petrovic and Thompson, Finley announced that Mariel Frey, a four-year starter for the Rams from 2007-2010, will remain with the program as an undergraduate assistant. Frey led the Rams in points and was a Third Team All-CAA selection last season.
David Oglesby, who served as an undergraduate assistant last year, will take over as director of operations.