Ben Sabin is returning for a second stint on the volleyball staff after a season hiatus to coach volleyball professionally in Switzerland. In his first three seasons with the Bulldogs, Sabin had a tremendous impact on Samford’s program helping lead the team to Southern Conference Tournament championships and NCAA Tournament berths in 2016 and 2018. Working primarily with the team’s outside attackers and liberos, he coached the SoCon Freshman of the Year, Lauren Deaton and AVCA All-Region team selection, Taylor Anderton. In total, Sabin coached three First Team All-SoCon players, two Second Team All-SoCon selections, two SoCon All-Freshman Team members, six SoCon All-Tournament Team members, and two SoCon Tournament MVPs. He assisted in the commitment of ten student-athletes including the 2017 Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year.
During the past year and a half, Sabin spent his time coaching within the Swiss Professional League. As an assistant coach during the 2019-2020 season, Sabin helped lead Viteos NUC to the 2019 Super Cup title, a CEV Cup appearance, a semi-finalist spot in the Swiss League Championship, and the finals of the Swiss Cup Championship prior to the season ending due to COVID-19. He coached the Swiss League MVP, Kyra Holt (USA), the Best Swiss Player, Sarah Trösch (SUI), and the Swiss Youngster of the Year, Julie Lengweiler (SUI). Sabin also served as the head coach for the Neuchâtel 17U Junior Team, leading them to a 3-0 record in the first round of the Swiss Volley Junior Championships and qualifying for the second round before COVID-19 ended the season.
Entering the professional volleyball ranks in February 2019, Sabin becoming a volunteer assistant coach for TS Volley Düdingen. There, he helped lead the team to a first place seed heading into the Playoffs after the conclusion of the regular season and a third place overall finish in the 2019 Swiss League Championship. Prior to joining the Samford program in 2016, Sabin started his collegiate coaching career as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M International University. During the 2015 season, he helped lead the Dustdevils to one of the best seasons in TAMIU Volleyball history with a fifth place finish in the Heartland Conference. In addition to coaching collegiately and professionally, Sabin was the head boy’s volleyball coach at Wapahani High School from 2009 to 2015 leading them to two State Tournament Championships. He also served as the Indiana Boys Volleyball Coaches Association President from 2014 to 2018. He graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana with a Bachelor’s of Science in 2012 and earned his Masters of Arts in Sports Administration in 2015.