Chris Belshe is in his seventh year as the head coach of the Presbyterian College volleyball program, leading the Blue Hose through the transition to Division I. In his five years with the team, Belshe has compiled a 67-96 mark, including a 58-71 record at the Division I level.
With 13 wins in 2011, Presbyterian College tied its win total from 2010, which was the highest since going 20-13 in 2007. The seven league wins was the most for the team since joining the Big South. With 1127 career kills Presley Mabrey became PC's Division I kills leader. Her 3.31 kills per set was also tops on the PC list. Maybrey earned Big South All-Conference honors, with Ashton Frank taking All-Freshman honors.
In 2010 the volleyball team earned impressive non-conference wins over Bradley and Hofstra, as well as Mercer. The Blue Hose went head-to-head with #25 Ohio State, falling 25-19 in the first set and 25-20 in the third. Andrea Barman, who was Big South Freshman of the Week late in the season, was selected to the conference All-Freshman team while Amanda Kettles was selected first-team All-Conference. Ashley Dunlap was named to the All-Academic team as well. Dunlap earned CoSIDA Academic All-District third team honors. PC finished high in several Big South categories this season with the Blue hose fourth in assists, kills and aces. Kettles led the Big South in hitting percentage and was eighth in kills. Mabrey was sixth. Ashley Dunlap placed fourth in aces and Kilee Ruppe was second in assists.
In 2009, Belshe guided the team to a 7-9 Big South Conference mark, including sweeps over Radford and Gardner-Webb. He coached two Big South Conference all-freshman team members in Allison Brown and Presley Mabrey while Ashley Dunlap garnered a spot on the all-academic team.
PC recorded 13 wins in 2008. However, the most impressive performance of the season was the 3-2 victory over NCAA Tournament participant Liberty on Nov. 8 in Clinton, S.C. Prior to the season, Kelsey McKee was tabbed preseason all-conference. Amanda Kettles garnered second-team all-conference accolades while Rachel Lewis was named to the all-academic team in 2008.
In 2007 Belshe led the squad to an impressive overall record of 20-13, and a 6-8 record against Big South opponents. Belshe also guided the team to tournament championships at Jacksonville, Wilmington and Western Carolina.
By winning 15 straight matches, the 2007 squad moved into second place in the record books for longest winning streaks. The Blue Hose also went undefeated in the month of September and remained unbeaten in 26 straight sets, setting a new school record. Under his influence, the team went 4-0 in five game matches and was one of four schools in the Big South to have a 20 win season (with Liberty, Winthrop and High Point).
Belshe is excited about the support and the direction in which the program is headed. "Presbyterian College has created an environment of strong athletics and academics so that our student-athletes can really excel, not only on the court but in the classroom. The discipline, work ethic and passion it takes to be a Division I athlete carries over into all aspects of life, and I truly believe all our athletes will be well-prepared for anything they will face in the future."
Belshe's first year at PC was severely affected by injuries, and the 2006 squad still managed nine wins. Freshman Julie Hollrah was named to the South Atlantic Conference's All-Freshman team, and setter Rachel Lewis was selected to the Preseason All-SAC First Team.
Belshe came to Presbyterian with a strong background of volleyball coaching experience, having coached at the club, high school and collegiate levels. Prior to joining the Blue Hose, Belshe was the assistant coach for the Spanish River High School boys' volleyball team in Boca Raton, Fla. and helped lead the Sharks to a state tournament title. In the fall of 2005, Belshe was a volunteer at Lynn University, training individual student-athletes and organizing practices.
Belshe spent almost four years with Illini Elite volleyball club in Bloomington, Ill. and coached at various age levels, ranging from youth to elite high school teams. Three of his teams reached the USAV Junior Olympic Nationals. His 18-and-under squad qualified twice, becoming the first 18-and-under Illini Elite team to qualify for Nationals in 2003-04.
All together, Belshe coached the 18-and-under Illini Elite club team from November of 2003 through July of 2005, garnering a slot every year in the list of top-10 regional teams. More impressively, every senior on his 18-and-under team committed to play NCAA Division I volleyball.
A native of Wheaton, Ill., Belshe attended Illinois State University and graduated in 2005 with a degree in Finance. He resides in Simpsonville, S.C., and has a son, Caelan Luke.