Head Coach Ting Liu
Ting Liu began coaching for the Spartans in 2014. Previously, she studied at Emporia State University (ESU), earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Accounting and a Master of Science Degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation with a concentration in coaching.
Before coming to Southwestern, Liu was the assistant volleyball coach at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. Prior to that, she was a graduate assistant to the HPER department and the volleyball team while completing her master's studies at ESU. Liu has also coached club volleyball and assisted with camps at Emporia State, Hutchinson Community College, and the University of Missouri.
In addition to her volleyball coaching experience, Liu has significant playing experience in China and the United States. Liu was an NCAA Division II All- American setter, first team in 2008 and third team in 2010, for Emporia State University. Liu was a four-year starter for the Hornets. She was named the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Player of the Year in 2008, Freshman of the Year in 2007, and All-MIAA for four seasons. At the end of her playing career, Liu became not only the Hornets’ record holder in assists, but the MIAA’s all-time leader as well. Before she came to the United States, Liu was a member of Beijing Women’s volleyball team from 2001-2005.
Assistant Coach Liang Zhang
Liang Zhang joined the Spartans’ volleyball program in May 2014. With extensive playing and coaching experience at both the collegiate and the club level in the United States and internationally, he is responsible for assisting with a variety of volleyball operations. Zhang is also heavily involved in all aspects of team and individual student-athlete training.
Prior to Southwestern Community College, Zhang served as the volunteer assistant and graduate assistant coach at Emporia State University (ESU) from 2010-14. While there, he assisted with team training, breaking down and analyzing film, and recruiting prospective student-athletes. Zhang has coached club volleyball and assisted with camps at various levels since 2008.
As a player, Zhang has significant experience and achievement in both China and Japan. Zhang went to Japan in 2003. His team earned the All-Japan National Championship in 2004. The winning continued for Zhang at International Budo University, where he helped the team to four National Tournament appearances. Zhang helped the team to the elite eight in the Division I program in 2006 and 2007. Before he went to Japan, Zhang earned the Chinese National Junior Tournament Championship in 2001 and 2002.
Zhang earned his master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in enterprise resource planning at ESU in 2014. Before that, he earned a bachelor's degree in health and physical education from International Budo University in Japan in 2010.