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Sanja Tomasevic
Head coach

December 21, 2016 - Tomasevic was named the eighth head coach of the Sun Devil Volleyball program.

May 10, 2016 - Tomasevic was named to the University of Washington's 2016 Husky Hall of Fame Class.

Arizona State University’s Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director Ray Anderson announced Sanja Tomasevic as the eighth head coach of the Sun Devil Volleyball program on Wednesday, December 21.

Tomasevic served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for ASU's indoor program in 2016, where the Sun Devils capped the year with three straight home wins, including a five-set thriller over Pac-12 rival Arizona. Following the season, Tomasevic was named the interim head coach for the indoor team.

Prior to her time in Tempe, Tomasevic spent two years at the University of Miami, where she helped the Hurricanes reach back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. The 2015 season also marked Miami's second straight season with 20-plus wins. Tomasevic went to Miami after spending two seasons at Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Roadrunners.

The Serbia native played eight years professionally, including the final two as a co-captain of POMI Casalmaggiore in Italy. She was named to four All-Star Games and was named the Best Server at the 2010 European Challenge Cup. She won three league championships, including back-to-back Greek titles with Panathinaikos in 2009 and 2010.

A two-time All-American and the 2005 Asics and CVU.com National Player of the Year at the University of Washington, Tomasevic led the Huskies to four NCAA tournament appearances, including the 2005 National Championship, and a pair of Pac-10 Conference titles. In October of 2016, Tomasevic became just the second individual volleyball player to be inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame.

The former outside hitter ended her collegiate career as Washington's all-time leader in points (2,159.5), kills (1,795) and service aces (156). She is one of only five players in Huskies history to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs.

Tomasevic graduated from Washington in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in communications. Tomasevic has a daughter, Stella.


Carlos Moreno
Assistant coach

February 2, 2017 - Arizona State University's head volleyball coach Sanja Tomasevic announced on Thursday that Carlos Moreno will join the coaching staff as an assistant coach for the upcoming season.

"I couldn't be more excited to welcome Carlos to the Sun Devil Volleyball family," said first year head coach Sanja Tomasevic. "He is a decorated former collegiate and professional athlete who has experienced a number of successes and knows what it takes to be a winner. Looking forward we feel Carlos will play a pivotal role in our development of a championship culture."

Moreno joins the Sun Devils after previously serving as a graduate assistant under the direction of Amanda Berkley at Southern Mississippi University.  During his one-year tenure at Southern Miss, Moreno operated in a number of facets including on-court coaching, recruiting, fundraising, and compliance.  Moreno most notably worked extensively with the team's offensive systems and setters, including All-Conference honoree Sarah Bell.

Prior to his stint at Southern Miss, Moreno garnered coaching experience directing camps and clinics in his native country of Brazil, while also serving as the head coach of the University of Sao Paulo Women's Volleyball Team from 2000 to 2002.

Preceding his coaching career, Moreno compiled a prolific playing career as a setter at Brigham University, garnering essentially every national award possible, including AVCA and MPSF Player of the year honors.  A three-year starter for the Cougars, Moreno amassed 4,628 career assists, marking the second-most in program in history, while adding 78 career aces (4th-most in program history). Spearheading BYU NCAA Championship runs in 2003 and 2004, Moreno earned a plethora of Player of the Year and MVP honors while also being placed on MSPF's and AVCA's respective first-teams.

A two-time All-American and the 2004 AVCA National Player of the Year, Moreno led the Cougars to two NCAA tournament appearances, including the 2004 National Championship, and a pair of MPSF Conference titles.

COLLEGE CAREER ACCOLADES:

  • NCAA National Champion and MVP (2004)
  • NCAA All Tournament Team (2004)
  • AVCA NCAA player of the year (2004)
  • Conference player of the year and MVP (2004)
  • All American First Team (2003/04)

Moreno earned a bachelor degree in advertising and marketing at Brigham Young University in 2005 and is currently finishing his master's degree in Exercise Sciences.

Moreno's playing career extended beyond the collegiate ranks, as the Brazil native competed 11 years professionally, concluding his career as a captain of TLM - Volley in France. Moreno was named to two all-star games and was named as one of the best setters at the 2013 CEV Champions League. He won three league championships, one in Brazil, two in France and another one at the European Championships when playing in Slovenia.

The son of Antonio and Selma Moreno, Moreno is the oldest sibling of six children. Antonio Moreno participated in four Olympics as a member of the Brazilian National volleyball team.  Moreno's twin sister Anna Allison is the currently in her fourth season as the head coach of Bucknell University volleyball team.

Carlos and his wife Maria Eduarda currently reside in Tempe, Arizona with their son, Lucas.


Macey Gardner

Assistant coach

May 15, 2017 - On Monday, Arizona State University's head volleyball coach Sanja Tomasevic announced the addition of the former Sun Devil standout to the 2017 coaching staff.

"We are beyond excited to welcome back Sun Devil great Macey Gardner to Arizona State and the Sun Devil volleyball program as a member of our coaching staff," said Tomaseivc. "A high character and hard-working individual, Macey personifies the dynamic family and championship oriented culture we are cultivating here at Arizona State. I contend that the wealth of knowledge and experience she brings, as well as her passion for Sun Devil Athletics and this program will play a pivotal role in our development as a championship caliber program."

"When the phone rang and Sanja was on the other end of the line, my heart may have skipped a beat," said Gardner. "What a gracious and exciting opportunity this is. To say I have some unfinished business as a Sun Devil would be an epic understatement.  My desire is to bring the same effort and passion to Sun Devil volleyball in a coaching capacity that I did as a player. I am excited to work with and learn from Sanja, Carlos (Moreno), Amanda (Burbridge), and the rest of the team. I am well acquainted with the challenges they will face as student-athletes. My heart's desire is to do whatever I can to help prepare them to play this wonderful game of volleyball in the best conference in America. Secondly, I am excited to be a part of working together to find the best girls in the country to come represent Arizona State and this wonderful community in Tempe as we build toward the future."

Gardner returns to Arizona State after serving one season as an assistant coach under Shane Pinder at Liberty University. By virtue of her hiring, Gardner joins an illustrious group of former Sun Devil greats to recently return to Arizona State in a coaching capacity including Danny White (Football Coaching consultant), Briann January(Women's Basketball Assistant Coach), and Amanda Burbridge (Volleyball Volunteer Assistant).

Gardner first entered the coaching ranks at the club level, serving as an assistant coach for Club One Volleyball from 2012-15. During her tenure at Liberty, Gardner worked extensively with the team's outside attackers, blocking and serve receive passing.

A valley native who prepped at Gilbert High School in Gilbert, Arizona, Gardner graduated from Arizona State in December of 2015, earning a bachelor's degree in business communication.

MACEY GARDNER TROPHY CASE

  • ASU record holder for career kills with 1,882, 11 more than the previous record holder.
  • 17th Sun Devil to record 1,000 career digs, and just the 10th to record 1,000 or more kills and digs in her career.
  • Recorded eight matches with 27 or more kills.
  • First Sun Devil to earn national honors from the AVCA since Amanda Burbridge was recognized on Oct. 23, 2000.
  • 2015 Pac-12 Women's Volleyball Player of the Week.
  • 2015 AVCA Player of the Week.
  • 2014 AVCA All-Pacific South Region Honoree, ASU's first since 2000.
  • ASU's second three-time selection to the Pac-12 All-Conference team (joining Christine Garner (1993-95)).
  • 2014 Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention Honoree.
  • Selected to play on the Pac-12 volleyball All-Star team in China in 2013
  • Owns the ASU freshman records for total kills (577), kills per set (4.40) and kills in a match (28).

Gardner slides into the role previously held by Amanda Burbridge who was hired to Tomasevic's staff on Jan. 17. Burbridge will remain with the team as an alumni relations volunteer.

"I am excited to remain a part of the program and work with such a young talent in Macey as she continues her coaching career," said Burbridge. "Knowing what the job entails and looking at the year-round schedule, I understand my new role is a better fit for Sanja and the staff, and as a Sun Devil, I want this program to have everyone's best efforts, and Macey joining our staff in a full-time role is great for this season and our future."


Nellie Coleman
Director of Volleyball Operations

First year head coaches Sanja Tomasevic (Volleyball) and Brad Keenan (Beach Volleyball) announced on Thursday the addition of Nellie Coleman to their respective staffs as Director of Volleyball Operations.

"Nellie has an acute knowledge of the game, having competed at the highest levels of volleyball," said Tomasevic. "Given the experiences she has garnered as both a competitor and assistant coach, and the successes she has in turn earned, she will be an important asset in our evolution as a team moving forward. We are very excited to welcome her to the Sun Devil Volleyball family."

Coleman comes to Arizona State after serving as an assistant coach under the direction of Brent Crouch at the University of Portland from 2014-16. In her two-year stint with the Pilots, Coleman assisted in a number facets including player development, scouting and camp coordination, while acting primarily as the team's recruiting coordinator.

A decorated competitor at both the collegiate and professional levels, Coleman becomes the fourth, former collegiate All-American to join Tomasevic's staff.

During her prolific four-year career at UCLA as a setter, Coleman garnered a laundry list of accolades. A three-time AVCA First Team All-American, a three-time All-Pac-10 selectee, and three-time All-Pacific Region member, Coleman concluded her career as one of the best to ever don the UCLA gold and blue. Amassing exceptional career marks in assists (6,000/2nd most in program history) and digs (1,299/3rd most in program history), Coleman, formerly known as Nellie Spicer, anchored the Bruins to four postseason appearances including a Final Four Appearance in 2006.

Coleman earned a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Sociology from UCLA in 2009.

Following her collegiate career, Coleman competed professionally oversees from 2011-2014, most recently serving as a setter for the Shanghai Volleyball Club of the Chinese Volleyball Association from 2013-2014.

From 2008-12, Coleman was afforded the opportunity to compete on the international stage as member of the U.S. National team. During that span, Coleman helped lead the team to a number of international medals, including a gold at the 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix and a bronze medal at the 2011 Pan American Cup. Coleman also appeared in exhibition tours with Team USA in Brazil (2010), Egypt (2009) and China (2008).

A native of Barrington, Ill., Coleman is one of seven children from parents Barbara and Thomas Spicer. Coleman currently resides in Scottsdale with her husband Anthony Coleman, who is an assistant coach for the Arizona State men's basketball team. The two have two sons, Avery and CadeJ.