RICHMOND, Va.- Morris Cephas Jr. has joined the VCU Volleyball program as an assistant coach, Head Coach Jody Rogers announced Thursday.
"Morris comes to VCU with high energy and enthusiasm, which will be needed as we continue to compete at a high level," said Rogers. "His ability to train and motivate players is a huge strength. Morris is a tireless worker and will foster a culture of continued success on and off the court."
Cephas returns home to his hometown with experience coaching a variety of offensive and defensive techniques. As an assistant coach at Austin Peay last season, Cephas primarily focused on setting and defense. With his assistance, the Governors finished 30-6 and earned a bid to the 2017 NCAA Tournament as Ohio Valley Conference Champions.
He contributed to the development of OVC Player of the Year (Ashley Slay), Setter of the Year (Kristen Stucker) and two other All-Conference performers in 2017.
In addition to serving as recruiting coordinator, developing practice plans and scouting reports, Cephas, a libero as a collegian, will lend his expertise in setting and defense techniques to the Rams.
"I first would like to say thank you to Coach Rogers and the hiring committee for taking the time to show me VCU and making me feel so welcomed from the very beginning. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to be at VCU and back in my hometown. VCU is doing some really exciting things and I'm humbled to be able to be a part of the culture and program. Coach Rogers communicated a clear vision and focal points so, I can't wait to be a part of what's been built and is being built here," Cephas said.
Cephas captained the King University men's volleyball team for two years. He was named Conference Carolinas Libero of the Year in his final season as a Tornado.
After graduation, Cephas served as a women's volleyball assistant at King under Head Coach Chris Toomey from 2011-2013. In 2014, he was named the head coach of the King women's volleyball program.
Cephas was a member of the Strategic Planning Committee at King and also has experience teaching mathematics. Prior to transferring to King, Cephas attended VCU from 2006-08.