Returning for her sixth season on the Heidelberg University coaching staff is Kiara Ruffing. Ruffing oversees the setters.
Four seasons ago, Ruffing guided American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American setter and Ohio Athletic Conference First Team honoree setter Morgan Magers. Magers graduated as the all-time assists leader at the Berg after working with Ruffing for two seasons. The setter was also tabbed an Academic All-American.
Along with her work at Heidelberg, Ruffing also mentors the Black Swamp Volleyball Club as the head coach.
Ruffing joined the Berg staff after a successful four-year playing career at Tiffin University. She was a four-year letter winner at setter for the Dragons. As a junior, Ruffing helped to guide TU to a record-setting 35-10 season and a berth in the American Mideast Conference Tournament and the NAIA Playoffs.
Ruffing attended nearby Seneca East High School and earned four varsity letters for the Tigers. She was a three-time All-Midland Athletic League honoree, garnering first team accolades as a senior. Ruffing was selected to the District 6 Honorable Mention team as a junior and the second team in her senior campaign. She picked up Seneca East Co-Most Valuable Player honors in her final season.
She originally hails from Bellevue, Ohio and graduated in May 2008 from Tiffin University with a degree in business, sports management and hospitality and received her master’s degree from Heidelberg in May 2010.