Ben Boldt Athletics
Hometown: Hickman, Neb.
Alma Mater: University of Nebraska
Ben Boldt was named Concordia University’s head volleyball coach on Dec. 19, 2017. He officially began his duties as head coach on Jan. 8, 2018. The Bulldogs posted an overall record of 15-12 in Boldt's first season at the helm of the program.
Most recently, Ben and his wife Angie spent two seasons leading the NCAA Division III Hendrix College Warriors. In their two-year stint, they won the 2016 Southern Athletic Association championship and coached three All-Americans, three All-South Region selections, five first team all-conference choices and four second team all-conference award winners. In 2016, Ben and Angie earned the conference coach of the year award and coached Sara Dyslin to All-American, Academic All-American and conference player of the year awards.
A native of Hickman, Neb., Ben possesses extensive experience (14 years) at the NCAA Division I level. He got his start as a student coach and manager at Nebraska where he was part of a national championship team in 2006. He moved onto the University of Alabama as an assistant for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. His next journey took him to the University of Iowa for five years in Iowa City, where he worked specifically with liberos and middle blockers and was promoted to recruiting coordinator in 2012. He also spent one season apiece assisting volleyball teams at the University of Arkansas (2014) and Iowa Western Community College (2015).
Ben has been successful in each of his coaching stops. In 2008 he was recognized as a Thirty Under 30 award winner by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. During his time at Iowa, he coached the school’s all-time digs leader Bethany Yeager (2,007 digs) and mentored 29 academic All-Big Ten selections. At Iowa Western, Ben helped the Reivers to a 42-8 overall record and No. 4 final ranking at the National Junior College Athletic Association level. Sara Dyslin of Hendrix garnered SAA Player of the Year accolades.
Ben has served the AVCA as a subcommittee member on recruiting. Additionally, he has coached for the USA National Team program, the Youth National Team and the National A2 Team. Ben has also worked with major club programs in the Lincoln, Omaha and Iowa City areas.
Ben and Angie have a son Brady, who was born in October 2015, and a daughter Addison, born in April 2018. Ben graduated from Nebraska in 2005 with a degree in exercise science.
John Cook, University of Nebraska Head Volleyball Coach
It is a great day for volleyball in this state when two former Huskers land a dream job for them in Nebraska. Ben and Angie Boldt worked at Nebraska Volleyball, fell in love, and now will take over the Concordia Volleyball Program. Their goal has been to be in Nebraska and they will now create another nationally ranked NAIA team in Nebraska. This is a WIN WIN for Concordia and the Boldts.