Staff
Head Coach
Jason Skoch

Division II veteran Jason Skoch, who has amassed over 400 wins and led his teams to five NCAA Elite Eight appearances during his career, was named Saint Leo's new head volleyball coach on January 8, 2019, ushering in a new era for Saint Leo volleyball.

In his 14 years as a head coach Skoch, a five-time conference coach of the year, has put together a .790-winning percentage with a record of 413-110, including a 276-88 mark in 10-years at West Texas A&M. He has guided his programs to nine 30-plus win seasons while earning 13 conference titles, between Truman State and West Texas A&M, and 11 NCAA postseason appearances with five NCAA Elite Eight appearances.

Skoch picked up his 400th coaching win on Sept. 8, 2018 against MSU Texas, in sweeping fashion. He has guided 68 all-conference players and 34 all-Americans at Truman State and West Texas A&M.

At West Texas, Skoch captured five Lone Star Conference Championships and made seven NCAA Regional appearances including three trips to the NCAA Elite Eight. He was a four-time LSC Coach of the Year and helped the Lady Buffs set the record for the longest conference winning streak in Division II history at 87-straight matches which started in 2006, three years before he took over the program, and lasted until Sept. 17, 2011.

He guided the Lady Buffs to four perfect conference seasons including 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014.

In his four seasons at Truman State, he compiled a 137-22 record (.861), made four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament, developed 11 All-America student-athletes as well as two MIAA Most Valuable Players. The Bulldogs were MIAA regular season and tournament champions in both 2006 and 2007, and spent a portion of the 2005 campaign ranked number one in the national polls. Additionally, the Bulldogs were ranked in the AVCA Division II Top 25 Poll every week during his tenure as head coach. While still at Truman, Skoch recruited the 2009 AVCA National Freshman of the Year, Megan Sharpe.

In 2007, Skoch’s squad set season records in kills, hitting attempts, assists, digs and blocks en route to a 36-6 overall record, an MIAA tournament title, a No. 1 seed in the South Central Regional, and a trip to regional championship match. The 36 wins were the second-most in program history, as the team won the MIAA East division for the second-straight season.

Skoch has demonstrated success from the outset of his Truman tenure, as in his first season at the helm, Truman finished second in MIAA play and won the MIAA postseason tournament. After opening the season ranked second in the preseason national poll, the squad jumped up to No. 1 one week later for the first time in school history. They held the top spot for six weeks in 2005.

He capped off his first season at the institution with a South Central regional title before falling in the Elite Eight against host and national-No. 1 Nebraska-Kearney.

A former club volleyball player at Penn State University, University of Memphis and Oklahoma State University, Skoch earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State in 1998, with a major in statistics and a minor in mathematics. The Yukon, Okla. native, Skoch went on to earn his Master of Science in statistics from Penn State in 2001.

Jason and his wife, Karen, have three sons, Jay, Kyle and Kade, and one daughter, Emmie.

Assistant Coach
Abigail Moser

Saint Leo first-year head coach Jason Skoch announced the addition of assistant coach Abigail Moser to his Saint Leo volleyball coaching staff on Tuesday, March 5. Moser, who most recently served as head coach of the Quincy University volleyball program, brings several years of Division II coaching experience.

“I am happy to have Abby join me at Saint Leo,” said coach Skoch. “She has more experience than most people her age and I was looking for that in a potential assistant coach to help me hit the ground running here at Saint Leo. I like surrounding myself with coaches that enjoy training the student-athletes and helping them become better than what they started out as. This team has lots of potential and we need to improve our first-ball contact which is Abby’s specialty. She has a great eye for talent as well, which will help us to continue to bring in great student-athletes.”

Moser has spent the last two seasons as head coach of the Quincy University volleyball program in Quincy, Ill. In her first year as head coach she helped guide senior outside hitter Rebekah Raebel to first team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) honors. She guided the Hawks to third in the conference in digs per set in 2017 and then to second in 2018 at 18.94 dps. She had a perfect graduation rate in her two seasons at the helm and led the team to a 3.4 GPA.

“First, I would like to thank Jason and Saint Leo community for the opportunity to join the Lion program,” stated coach Moser. “I am excited to be working alongside Jason and Erik, as they both have a ton of successful experience at high levels. I know I will be learning a tremendous amount from both of them. The future of the Lion volleyball program is bright and I am excited to get into the gym and begin training with the team! Lastly, I would like to thank Marty Bell and the Quincy University volleyball program for the opportunities they have given me to learn and grow as a professional.”

Prior to taking over as head coach, Moser spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Quincy. She focused primarily on the defensive side of the ball and led the Hawks to a third place finish in the GLVC in digs per set in 2016. She helped guide her libero to a pair of GLVC Defensive Player of the Week honors and saw her named second team All-GLVC in 2016. She also had a senior middle blocker earn first team All-GLVC honors that season. In her first season as an assistant, she took the Hawks who ranked 11th in digs per set in the GLVC and improved them all the way to fifth in 2015. The team never dropped below third in the GLVC in digs per set during any of the following three seasons she spent at Quincy as either a head or assistant coach.

The Wildwood, Mo. native spent four seasons as a libero at Truman State prior to entering the coaching field, helping the Bulldogs to the 2014 GLVC Tournament championship. She was the starting libero for 134 of the last 135 matches of her career and is the Bulldogs' all-time leader in digs (2,416) and digs per set (4.75). She was the 2014 GLVC Libero of the Year and was named to the All-Midwest Region squad. Moser was a four-time GLVC Defensive Player of the Week.

In addition to her successes with a nationally competitive collegiate program, Moser was previously part of two highly regarded prep programs in the Rockwood Thunder VBC and Lafayette High School, where she also received recognition for her defensive play. Moser was named to the Under Armour/AVCA All-American watch list, as well as nominations to Missouri's All-Region and All-State teams.

Moser graduated from Truman State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and followed that up with a master’s degree in special education from Quincy University in 2017.

Assistant Coach
Erik Peterson

Erik Peterson assumed the role of interim head coach of the Saint Leo volleyball program in August of 2018. Peterson joined the volleyball staff as an assistant in August of 2017 with his primary focus being with the beach volleyball program which played its inaugural season in the spring of 2018.

Peterson came to Saint Leo with a plethora of experience, including most recently serving as the head coach for Texas Christian beach volleyball program.

Peterson has also been heavily involved with USA Sand Volleyball since 2007, including his roles as a head camp coach at the A3 Development camp at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center and a head coach for the Boys USA A2 U19 squad. Peterson also served as the head coach of the UCF sand volleyball program from 2009-12 and was the beach volleyball director at the Orlando Volleyball Academy from 2007-09.

As a head camp coach for USA Volleyball Beach High Performance in 2014, Peterson designed a camp plan for 28 athletes and directed training and classroom sessions. Peterson has been a try-out coach and lead evaluator at USA Volleyball Beach High Performance events since 2007, while also serving as a tournament coach for the USAV High Performance Championships at Hermosa Beach in 2013.

Peterson went to TCU after spending the three seasons as an assistant coach for indoor volleyball at Oklahoma. In his three seasons in Norman, Peterson helped guide the Sooners to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances with 20-plus win seasons each campaign, while also helping mentor four student-athletes to All-America honors.

Before his time in Norman, Peterson was previously an assistant coach at the UCF from 2009-12 and was responsible for opponent scouting and training outside hitters and defensive specialists. He also oversaw the UCF sand volleyball program, UCF's summer camps, was a secondary recruiter and student-athlete mentor.

As the head coach for sand volleyball at UCF, Peterson led the Knights to back-to-back first place finishes at the 2010 and 2011 Fiesta on Siesta Collegiate Coaches Cup.

In 2011, Peterson helped UCF to its best record since 2003 with a 20-11 overall mark. The Knights also won the most league matches (12) since joining Conference USA in 2005.

In his three seasons at UCF, Peterson trained outside hitter Angelica Crump who earned AVCA All-America honors in 2011. Crump also became the first UCF volleyball player to earn All-Conference USA first team honors. At least one outside hitter earned second team honors in each of his three seasons.

Prior to UCF, Peterson spent four seasons as the assistant coach at the USF. He helped guide the Bulls from a 4-22 record in his first season with the team to a 19-10 record in three years. Peterson's primary duties at USF were developing the skills of both the outside hitters and defensive specialists and serving as the secondary recruiter and director of volleyball operations in his final year.

Peterson was hired at USF after having worked with the USA Women's National Team as it prepared for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. As an assistant with the national team, he assisted the head coach in all facets of practice progression; on court training all while teaching classes within the USOC coaching sciences department.

Peterson began his collegiate coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Florida in 2003. That season, he helped lead the Gators to an NCAA runner-up finish and a 36-2 record. Peterson's primary duties while at Florida were assisting with on-court training and individual sessions, scouting of opponent's offensive tendencies and charting video for the All-America selection committee.

Peterson assisted in the training of the top-50 players in the youth national team age group under the guidance of Chuck Erbe, trained the outside hitters and coached the Youth National Team USA Gold to a fifth-place finish at the Junior National Tournament international division at the USA High Performance Championships.

Peterson has also served as a head coach at both the Saint Leo and George Mason Universities Developmental Camps and has assisted at the M2 Volleyball Camps in Clinics in Florida and Hawaii that are owned and operated by three-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor.

Peterson earned his bachelor's degree in biology in 1999 from Concordia College in Bronxville, N.Y. He was a member of the men's intercollegiate volleyball team from 1994-98, serving as captain his final two seasons. He was honored as the 1995 Concordia College Freshman Athlete of the Year and was named to numerous all-tournament teams. During his senior campaign he set a NCAA record for career digs with 1,103.