While we are about a month away from the start of fall sports, we continue our journey of getting to know the coaches and staff of our various Louisville women's teams. We hit field hockey recently and will look at volleyball next.
Dani Busboom Kelly-- Head Coach
Dani Busboom Kelly has been at Louisville for six years, leading the Cards to the NCAA Tournament in each of them. With the exception of the shortened COVID-19 season, Louisville has not had fewer than 22 wins in any season.
Under her leadership, Louisville has three Elite Eight appearances, two Final Four appearances, and a National Runner-Up finish. The Cards earned their first ever #1 ranking in any poll.
Prior to her arrival at Louisville, Busboom Kelly was an assistant coach at Nebraska, where she also played her entire collegiate career. Nebraska made it to the Elite Eight or further four times and won a national championship during her time as an assistant coach. She also won a championship during her playing days.
Going a bit of an untraditional route, Busboom Kelly worked outside of athletics between her playing days and coaching days. While she did play with the U.S. Women's National Training Team for a stint, she spent some time for in the insurance industry out in Omaha.
Dan Meske -- Associate Head Coach
Dan Meske has been at Louisville since Dani Busboom Kelly arrived on campus. One of his specialties with Louisville is coaching the blocking defense and he is a big factor with the recruiting.
Prior to Louisville, Meske was the head coach at Augustana for two years, compiling a 45-17 record during that span. He helped lead the Vikings to the NCAA DIII Tournament in 2016.
Meske was at Nebraska for eight seasons before Augustana. During his time at Nebraska, he served several roles ranging from a graduate assistant, a volunteer assistant, and a full-time assistant coach.
As a student-athlete, Meske spent all four seasons playing for Ohio State.
Todd Chamberlain-- Assistant Coach
Todd Chamberlain joined the Louisville staff in 2018, one year after Dani Busboom Kelly took over. One of his primary duties is working with outside hitters while also assisting with recruiting.
Chamberlain spent seven years at Kansas as an assistant coach. He was an assistant coach at Kentucky for one year before that.
As a player, Chamberlain played four years for Ball State. Before his collegiate playing days, he played at Louisville Trinity High School.
Sarah Drury Petkovic-- Director of Operations
Sarah Drury Petkovic took over as Louisville's director of operations when Dani Busboom Kelly was named head coach. She had played with Busboom Kelly with Team USA previously.
Petkovic began her journey as a walk-on at Louisville after playing at Louisville PRP High School before earning a scholarship in the back half of her collegiate career. She set the single season digs record with 534. She then went on to play for the USA National Volleyball Team for five years.
After her time with Team USA, Drury Petkovic went on to be an assistant coach at Louisville Assumption High School and later at Indiana University Southeast.
The Louisville volleyball staff is a veteran crew with loads of experience and accolades. Having already helped lead Louisville to new heights, expectations and goals continue to rise for the program. The one big thing that is left on the agenda is winning the National Championship. The Cards have made several runs at it, maybe this will be the season it happens.
Happy Friday and Go Cards!