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.

Head Beach Coach/Assistant Indoor Coach
Michael Shearer

Saint Leo volleyball head coach Jason Skoch announced the addition of assistant coach Michael Shearer to his Saint Leo volleyball coaching staff prior to the 2019 season. Shearer, who most recently served as an assistant coach for NCAA Division I Eastern Michigan University, will also serve as the beach volleyball head coach in the Spring.

Shearer has over 11 years of coaching experience including serving on the staffs at Eastern Michigan, Ohio University, Maryland, West Alabama, Elon, College of Charleston and Edinboro.

In his two seasons at Eastern Michigan he served as the primary recruiter and handled all opponent video breakdown and scouting. While at Ohio, the Bobcats were ranked among the top-25 in the AVCA Coaches Poll and ranked first in the MAC in hitting percentage, opponent hitting percentage, kills per set and aces per set.

While at the College of Charleston he led the research in developing a beach volleyball program and served as the project manager for the court construction for the new program. Once the program began he served as an assistant coach and helped train the beach team.

Shearer also bring head coaching experience as her served as the Interim Head Coach at the University of West Alabama during the 2012 season. He helped two players earn all-conference honors and went five sets with nationally-ranked West Florida.

Prior to entering the college ranks Shearer spent two seasons working both boy’s and girl’s high school volleyball in Pennsylvania. He served as the head coach of the girl’s varsity squad at Hatboro-Horsham and was the boy’s head coach at North Penn. Shearer led both teams to State Championship qualification. It came in just the third year of the program for the girl’s team at HHHS.

Shearer graduated with a bachelor of arts in administration of justice from Penn State University in 1997 and earned a teaching certification in health and physical education with a minor in coaching from West Chester University in 2002.