Russ Miozzi enters his seventh season as head coach of the Lakeland volleyball program in 2019. Before his appointment as head coach in 2013, Miozzi spent the 2012 season as an assistant with the Lakers.
Under his leadership, 13 players entered the single-season record book for kills, digs, blocks and assists. Sophomore Morgan Smart earned seventh-most kills in a season with 347 while sophomore Erynn Daubenmire tied for 13th all time with 273 kills in 2018. Olivia Scott earned the ninth-most assists in a season with 703 and seventh-most service aces in a season with 68.
Freshman Iesha Niciu earned the second-most kills in a season with 422 in 2018, while Cary Morin (392) and Krista Curtis (305) each earned a spot on the all-time kills list. Sophomore Brittney O’Hara set a school record with 952 digs. Sophomore Caitlin Cipriano earned the third-most assists in school history with 1,117 in 2018.
Sophomore Kayla Zarbock earned 216 kills in 2016, good for 25th most kills in a season in Lakeland history.
In 2014, Miozzi's second year as a collegiate head coach, Lakeland doubled its win total and posted its best conference record since 2009. Three players were recognized with All-Ohio Community College Athletic Conference honors.
Since taking the helm, nine players have earned all-conference honors including five (Carly Cabot, Kayla Zarbock, Iesha Niciu, Brittney O’Hara and Morgan Smart) first team selections. Off the court, 14 Lakers have been named S.T.A.R. student-athletes while three were named to the dean's list during his tenure. Additionally, 12 student-athletes garnered Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) All-Academic Team accolades.
Miozzi's coaching career began at the Catholic Youth Organization and middle school level where he led squads at Immaculate Conception School in Willoughby and Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin in Chardon.
He has spent the past 10 years coaching junior Olympic volleyball at the national-open level while helping a number of teams qualify for the national tournament.
Miozzi led an 18-year-old team to the Junior National Championships in Atlanta, Ga., where they finished as the 16th-ranked team in the country. He also founded and directed a team from 2005-08 before merging with Eastside Volleyball Club in 2009, where he served as a co-director.