COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State women’s volleyball head coach Jen Flynn Oldenburg has completed her staff after hiring Nicole Fawcett as volunteer assistant coach.
“To complete my staff with someone of Nicole’s caliber is very exciting,” Oldenburg said. “With her experience, competitive fire and knowledge, she will have an immediate impact on our program. I’ve respected her as an athlete, but as I’ve gotten to know her over the years, I respect her even more as a person. Nicole is very passionate about giving back to young athletes in our game and fits our program in every capacity. I can’t wait to get her on campus.”
Fawcett is familiar with the Big Ten, having been a four-year starter on the Penn State women’s volleyball team as an outside hitter from 2005-08. The two-time team captain was a unanimous first team All-Big Ten selection every year and a four-time AVCA All-American, including three appearances on the first team. In 2005, she was named AVCA National Freshman of the Year, Big Ten Freshman of the Year and AVCA Mideast Region Freshman of the Year. As a senior, Fawcett was recognized as the Big Ten and AVCA Player of the Year. She helped lead the Nittany Lions to a pair of NCAA championships in 2007 and 2008 and was an all-tournament honoree both years.
The Zanesfield, Ohio, native embarked on a professional volleyball career following graduation. She has played in various countries, including Puerto Rico, Russia, Brazil, China, Italy, Korea and Turkey. During her professional career, she was part of numerous championship teams and set a world record for points scored in a single match (55) while playing in Korea during the 2012-13 season. She currently plays for the Dentil Praia Club in Brazil.
Fawcett was also a member of the U.S. National Team as an opposite hitter from 2009-16 and participated in 35 international tournaments. She was on the 2015 World Championship gold medal team and was the most valuable player for two NORCECA Olympic Qualifiers. She was an Olympic team alternate in 2012 and 2016.
During the offseason, Fawcett has been a camp clinician for the Volleyball Factory, Volleyball Express, and Penn State camps as well as working with the Give It Back Foundation, Starlings Volleyball and the Pennsylvania Summer Special Olympics.
Fawcett graduated from Penn State in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies.