Stephanie Serna enters her second season as a member of the USF volleyball coaching staff after being hired on August 7, 2010. She joined the Bulls from across I-4 as a University Central Florida graduate and a former Second Team All-Conference USA standout.
Serna is primarily involved with video coordination, recruiting, equipment, event management, community service activities, strength and conditioning, and helping with academics. She is no stranger to this type of work, as Serna was previously involved in administration and organized team travel at the prestigious Orlando Volleyball Academy. She was also the Beach Club Director and director of indoor and outdoor camps. She earned the 2007-08 OVA Coach of the Year Award.
"Stephanie is a tremendous addition to our staff," said Head Coach Claire Lessinger. "She brings youthful energy and extreme passion for the sport and the coaching profession. She was a great collegiate and professional player - one of the best right side attackers we ever faced. I will rely on her to help improve our right side attack and blocking philosophy. "
Serna brings her UCF and All-Conference USA background to the Bulls staff. In her senior season with the Knights, she received the honor of team MVP. Her skills have also been showcased as a part of the Slovenian Federation National Team in August 2009, where she was a member of the Tarbor-Maribor Volleyball Club until January 2010.
After earning a spot on the Lone Star High Performance Team in 2004, Serna led her club team, The Alamo, to a bronze medal in the National Junior Olympics Club Division.
Also in 2008, Serna was named Bright House Student-Athlete of the Week and was given the Coach's Award at UCF in 2007.
In 2010, Stephanie Serna was named one of the 10 recipients of the 2010 Minority Coaches Scholarship, and in 2011 Serna was selected as an assistant coach of Florida Region High Performance (HP) Team, announced by United States Volleyball (USAV).
"Stephanie has truly earned this opportunity," said Lessinger. "She thoroughly impressed me in the interview process with her vision, enthusiasm, and noticeable commitment - she is a perfect fit. I have high expectations of her and can't wait to let her run with her responsibilities."
Serna earned a bachelor of arts and humanities in history from UCF in 2009.