Ziva Recek-Blackmon | Assistant Volleyball Coach
Ziva Recek-Blackmon joined the University of the Incarnate Word volleyball staff in May 2018. Recek-Blackmon works with the pin hitters and blocking schemes. She also assists with training the middles.
The former University of Florida standout joins the Cardinals after two years at PK Yonge High School in Gainesville, Florida, where she was an assistant for one year before being promoted to head coach. During this time, she also coached at Gainesville Juniors Volleyball Club for a year and at Vision Volleyball Club for a year.
Recek-Blackmon came to the U.S. from Kocevje, Slovenia, where she grew up playing volleyball and eventually earned spots on both the Slovenian National Indoor and Beach teams. She was a three-year member of the Slovenian Youth National Team (2006-09) and joined the Slovenian Junior National Team in 2009. She was named the best young female volleyball player in Slovenia, twice, as a member of the Dolenjska regional team.
Recek-Blackmon played at Florida from 2012-16. In 2012, she was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association National Freshman of the Year after amassing 440 kills on .247 hitting to go along with 259 digs. While at Florida, she was named a recipient of the AVCA Coaches 4 Coaches scholarship, which pays for future coaches to attend their first coaching convention.
In her first collegiate season, she turned in one of the most decorated freshman campaigns in the history of the Gator program. In addition to being named national freshman of the year, Recek-Blackmon earned Volleyball Magazine Third Team All-America, AVCA Honorable Mention All-America, AVCA All-South Region Freshman of the Year, SEC Freshman of the Year, first team All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman Team after guiding Florida to a 27-5 overall record, an SEC title and a regional semifinal appearance.
Recek-Blackmon earned a bachelor’s of event management at Florida.
Evan Case | Assistant Volleyball Coach
Evan Case joined the University of the Incarnate Word volleyball staff as an assistant coach, after spending the previous two seasons with UTSA volleyball.
As a volunteer assistant with the Roadrunners, Case is responsible for statistics throughout matches and other day-to-day duties.
Case came to San Antonio from the University of Central Oklahoma, after spending two seasons as the Bronchos graduate assistant. In his time in Edmond, his responsibilities ranged from video exchange, using Gametape Exchange, to creating and implanting practice plans, to overseeing study hall hours.
In his two seasons, the Bronchos combined for a 59-10 overall record and checked in at No. 12 in the final AVCA Division II Poll in 2015. UCO earned its fifth postseason berth to the NCAA DII Central Regional after capturing the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association regular season title, the first since joining the league and first since the 1994 campaign, and were bounced out by seven-time national champion Concordia-St. Paul in the second round.
While in Edmond, Case was also the head coach for the Oklahoma Peak Performance club volleyball team and oversaw all aspects of the club. The Texas native has also spent parts of his summer, since 2010, helping out in summer volleyball camps for the University of Texas, Angelo State, Texas State, Central Oklahoma, as well as various high school camps.
Prior to his stint at Central Oklahoma, Case began his volleyball coaching career as an undergraduate at Angelo State where he began working with the team in the spring of 2011. He worked with the team for three complete seasons. In those three seasons, the Rams went 85-22 and made an appearance at the NCAA Tournament each of those campaigns. In 2012, Angelo State won the Lone Star Conference regular season crown, first since 1992, and reached the regional finals for the first time in school history.
Case attended Angelo State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in history. He also spent one semester at East Texas Baptist University before transferring to Angelo State.
Ashlie Reasor | Graduate Manager
Ashlie Reasor is a graduate assistant coach for the UIW volleyball team. She comes to the Alamo City following a four-year career on the Texas A&M volleyball team as an outside hitter.
The San Antonio product, who is a Reagan High School alumna, began her Aggie career named to the SEC All-Freshman Team and was an Honorable Mention AVCA All-South recipient. As a sophomore, Reasor led or tied the team lead in kills in four matches, including a victory over nationally-ranked Kentucky and in the NCAA Tournament against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. She registered a season-high 15 kills while hitting .375 in three sets against No. 6 Wisconsin in 2016.
Reasor is working towards her master’s in sports management degree at UIW.