Melissa Batie-Smoose
Melissa Batie-Smoose
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 508-793-3623
Email: mbatiesm@holycross.edu
Previous College: Southern Mississippi, 1991
Experience: First Season

Melissa Batie-Smoose is currently in her first season as the head coach of the Holy Cross volleyball program in 2015. She was named the program's 10th head coach on April 24, 2015. She has over 20 years of collegiate coaching experience including in the Ivy League, ACC, SEC, Conference USA and Missouri Valley conferences. 

Batie-Smoose has spent the last three seasons as the head coach at Cornell where she brought an up-tempo, aggressive style of play. The program made history in 2014 with the school’s first Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year as Natasha Rowland earned the honor. The team also had two Ivy League Rookie of the Week awards, a first for the program since 2006. In 2013, Cornell proved to be strong defensively, ranking first in the conference in blocks (2.27 per set) and third overall in opponent hitting percentage (.204). Under her direction, Rachel D’Epagnier, Breanna Wong and Rowland were named to the All-Ivy team, the most selections for the Big Red volleyball program since the 2008 season. In her first campaign with the Big Red, Batie-Smoose led the squad to a record of 9-16 overall and 5-9 in the Ivy League. Both win totals were the highest since 2008. Cornell finished 2012 strong, earning victories in three of its final four games, which included snapping an 11-match losing streak to Princeton. 

Batie-Smoose was the most successful head coach in the history of Savannah College of Art & Design, guiding the team to an 81-43 overall record (.653) from 2008-2011. The 2009 Sun Conference Coach of the Year led her squad to a conference tournament title and an appearance in the NAIA national tournament. That team ranked as high as 20th nationally. She previously served as head coach at Nova Southeastern University (2005), helping recruit a core of players that would advance to the Elite Eight of the 2008 NCAA Division Division II tournament.

In addition to serving as a head coach at the NAIA and Division II levels, Batie-Smoose also served as an assistant coach in the ACC, SEC, Conference USA and Missouri Valley Conferences. She spent two seasons as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Florida State (2006-07) and two years as an assistant at Wake Forest (2003-04), a year at Creighton (1998) and four seasons at Charlotte (1992, 1994-96). Batie-Smoose also spent a year as a volunteer assistant at Florida (2000). After her first season at Charlotte, Batie-Smoose spent one year as an assistant volleyball and softball coach at Allegheny College (1993) before returning to assist the 49ers.

Batie-Smoose has also had great success at the junior level. She spent two seasons as the head coach of the Gainesville Juniors 16/1 Club Team. Ranked eighth nationally, they finished in the top 10 at nationals. One of her Gainesville pupils, Marcie Hampton, was named to the 2007 U.S. Women’s National Team. Batie-Smoose also coached Team Florida, part of the USA High Performance Program, and took them to the Volley Classic in Utah.

Batie-Smoose earned a degree in sports administration from Southern Mississippi in 1991. She was a two-year starter for the Golden Eagles after transferring to Southern Miss from Texas Tech, where she played her first two years. A two-time team MVP for Southern Miss, Batie-Smoose still ranks in the top 10 on the school’s career list for solo blocks and total blocks and is on the single season charts for blocking assists.

Eric Buggs
Eric Buggs
Title: Assistant Coach
Phone: 508-793-3623
Email: ebuggs@holycross.edu
Previous College: SUNY Cortland, 2010
Experience: First Season

Eric Buggs is currently in his first season at Holy Cross as an assistant volleyball coach in 2015.

Buggs comes to Holy Cross with several years of coaching experience at the collegiate and club levels which includes stops at Niagara, Canisius and Buffalo. Buggs spent his last two seasons at Niagara primarily responsible for all aspects of coaching, training, practice, recruiting and program management. He also worked specifically with the development of the setters on the team and held the in-match responsibilities of coaching the offense and serving. Buggs has also served as the assistant coach and assistant club director for the Buffalo Volleyball Academy since 2012.

Prior to his time at Niagara, Buggs spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Canisius College where he helped guide the team to consecutive MAAC semifinal appearances while recording a 23-13 record in MAAC play.  He was responsible for training the outside hitters and passers while also creating scouting reports for opponents. In addition, he helped with recruiting prospective student-athletes to Canisius.  Buggs spent the 2010 season as the administrative assistant for the Buffalo Bulls volleyball program where he used Dartfish to break down opponent video for scouting purposes.

Buggs coaching career began as an assistant coach at SUNY Cortland where he aided in player management as well as team and game strategy. He was also in charge of statistics for each player and supplying video for game analysis and player development.

Buggs collegiate career was also at SUNY Cortland as a four-year member of the men’s club team while serving as president of the club for two years. Buggs helped lead his team to a 2009 NIRSA Division II Volleyball National Championship.

Buggs received his bachelor’s degree in sport management from SUNY Cortland in 2010 and his master’s degree in sport administration from Canisius College in 2013.