"An experienced coach and educator, Braddak was named the 7th coach of the University of Pennsylvania Women's Volleyball program in April 2018. Having just finished his first season with the Quakers, Braddak is confident that the future is very bright for the Penn Volleyball program; "We have an amazing history here at Penn, and we are all so fortunate to work with the best of the best. I couldn't be more proud of the work our student-athletes put in, their dedication, and their relentless pursuit of excellence. They are truly exemplary in everything they do."
"Iain impressed us as a passionate, energetic educator who is sincere about his focus on the holistic development of young adults," said Penn's Director of Athletics, Dr. M. Grace Calhoun, at the time of Braddak's hiring. "In addition to his head coaching experience, he was an instructor at his four previous institutions and brought Ivy League knowledge from his time at Columbia. We look forward to Iain continuing the positive momentum of the Penn volleyball program."
In Braddak's first season at Penn, he led a young Quakers squad to a 6-19 (4-10 Ivy) record. He earned his first career win at the Hoya Invite against Georgetown and recorded his first win at The Palestra against Columbia.
Currently, Coach Braddak holds a USA CAP 2 certification, is a member of the Coaching Cadre within USA Volleyball, member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association, and was tabbed as an AVCA 30 under 30 award recipient.
Braddak came to Penn after one season as an assistant coach at Ivy League rival Columbia in 2017. The Lions completed a 10-13 overall record that year with 6-9 conference mark.
Before Columbia, Iain revitalized the Smith College program as the head coach for two seasons. While at Smith, Iain taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in Sport Psychology and Motor Learning.
Braddak earned his first head coaching position at the college level at Culver-Stockton College (NAIA). Before moving on to the head coaching position at the United States Merchant Marine Academy (compiling a 32-14 overall record). Braddak led USMMA to its first winning season in eight years in 2013 and the first consecutive winning seasons since 2003 and 2004. While coaching at Culver-Stockton and USMMA, Iain also served as a lecturer in the classroom, teaching courses in Sport Psychology, Sports Marketing, Athletic Administration, and Aquatic Survival.
Braddak began coaching at a young age in local clubs, high school, and summer programs in New England. From there, he earned a B.S. in Physical Education and his M.S. in Advanced Level Coaching and Sports Performance (having written his thesis on effective coaching and science behind the float serve). He was an assistant coach at his alma mater from 2010-11. The Pride compiled a 65-8 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Division III Elite Eight in 2011.
Braddak and his husband Matt reside in the Philadelphia area with their two dogs. Both Iain and Matt are avid endurance athletes, having competed in marathons, TinMan (70.3), and IronMan (140.6) events.
Kremer joins Penn after two years as the head coach at MidAmerica Nazarene University, an NAIA school located in Olathe, Kan.
"I am thrilled to welcome Christina to the staff and to our program," said Iain Braddak, who completed his first season at the Quakers' helm in 2018. "She is driven and enthusiastic, and has an unmatched work ethic that will help Penn Volleyball succeed. I am confident Christina will connect with our current players, alumni, and recruits, as well as the rest of the University of Pennsylvania community."
Under Kremer, MNU finished the 2017 season ranked No. 25 in the nation in the NAIA. Kremer coached five Pioneers student-athletes to all-conference honors and two more to AVCA All-American honors. At MidAmerica Nazarene, she implemented the first junior varsity program in addition to the current varsity program. The Pioneers were named a NAIA scholar team in 2017.
Prior to her tenure at MidAmerica Nazarene, Kremer was the head coach at St. Thomas University, an NAIA school in Miami Gardens, Fla. for the 2016 season. The Bobcats went 25-7 that season, the program's most wins in more than ten years. She also took the program to its highest national ranking in the NAIA since 2002 (No. 21), second place in the Sun Conference regular-season standings, and a runner-up finish at the 2016 Sun Conference Tournament.
Kremer began her college head coaching at Central Christian College in 2013, inheriting an NAIA program that finished 1-26 in 2012. She turned the program around, taking the 2014 team to its first appearance in the MCAC Conference Playoffs. She then set a school record for wins and took the program to its first appearance in the NCCAA Division I Regional Tournament in 2015.
Since 2017 Kremer has been a member of the National Tournament Committee with NAIA volleyball, where she has helped direct the NAIA National Volleyball tournament in Sioux City, Iowa. She has also been a member of the NAIA Head Coach Committee.
As a player, Kremer was a four-year starter and a three-year captain for Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Mass., where she earned multiple NCAA All-Academic and All-Conference Academic honors, while also serving as the President of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.
A New Hampshire native, Kremer graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Sports Management from Eastern Nazarene. She also holds a Master's degree in Sport Administration from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.
Julia Malseed was hired in July 2018 and just finished her first season as an assistant coach at Penn. In her first season she helped lead a young Quakers squad to a 6-19 (4-10 Ivy) record.
Malseed came to Penn after spending two years as an assistant coach at nearby Swarthmore College. The Garnet had an historic season in 2017, going 24-8 overall, earning their first NCAA Division 3 Championship bid, then winning three NCAA matches and advancing all the way to the quarterfinal round. Swarthmore ended the year ranked 18th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division 3 national poll, the program’s first-ever national ranking.
The 2016 season was Malseed’s first on staff, and Swarthmore went 27-5 overall and was ECAC champion. In both 2016 and 2017, the Garnet played for the Centennial Conference Tournament title but fell both times to Johns Hopkins.
A 2012 graduate of nearby Ridley High School, Malseed has experience offensively and defensively as she played two seasons at libero and two seasons as an outside hitter at Neumann University. She was named first-team All-Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) as a senior, honorable mention All-CSAC as a junior, and was awarded CSAC academic honors every season. As a freshman in 2012, Malseed helped the Knights win the CSAC championship and participate in that year’s NCAA Championship. She also was a member of Neumann’s softball team her senior year, when the Knights won the CSAC title and earned an NCAA Championship berth.
Before joining Swarthmore's staff, Malseed coached with Mystique Volleyball Club. Additionally, her camp and clinic experience includes coaching at Garnet Volleyball clinics, Ridley High School preseason camps, and Neumann University Volleyball Camps.