MANHATTAN, Kan. – First-year Kansas State head trainer Jason Mansfield introduced the enhancements of Steve Astor as well as Fiona Fonoti to his mentoring personnel on Friday early morning. 
“Locating an outstanding personnel was extremely crucial to me. I could not be better with the instructors as well as advisors I have actually discovered in Steve Astor as well as Fiona Nepo-Fonoti,” stated Mansfield. “Both have terrific personality, the capability to show the video game at a high degree as well as an enthusiasm to establish student-athletes, that will certainly go to the facility of what we do right here at K-State. I think mentoring personnels ought to be a solid system, as well as I’m so ecstatic to take place this trip with Steve as well as Fiona as well as construct this program with each other.”
Steve Astor – Affiliate Head Train
Astor brings over two decades of mentoring experience to Manhattan, covering over different sporting activities at the college, senior high school, as well as club degrees. The Lead College alum invested the last 3 periods at Pepperdine as the aide interior ladies’s beach ball trainer as well as recruiting organizer under head trainer Scott Wong. He aided lead the Waves to 3 successive NCAA Competition looks with a total 58-21 document for a .734 winning portion.
“I intend to very first give thanks to (Sports Supervisor) Genetics Taylor as well as (Replacement AD/SWA) Jill Shields for inviting me to the Wildcat family members,” Astor stated. “I was surprised on my see by the heat of the neighborhood as well as the incredible community of Manhattan. I cannot wait to fulfill the gamers as well as spend right into them.
“I cannot share just how thankful I am for every one of the unique individuals at Pepperdine College, specifically Scott Wong for the chance he offered me as well as the extraordinary girls that I was honored to trainer there. Lastly, I would certainly be no place without my family members, that I won the best lotto in life to be birthed right into. EMAW!”
In 2020, Astor aided Madison Shields to end up being simply the 6th gamer in program background to obtain the West Coastline Meeting’s leading protective honor, gaining WCC Libero of the Year awards. Shields completed her occupation placed in the Waves all-time Leading 10 leaderboard in of 4 groups: occupation digs (9th, 1,152), single-season digs (5th, 457), single-season digs per collection (6th, 4.31), as well as single-match digs (3rd, 34).
Before his time in Malibu, Astor trained as a volunteer aide at the College of Washington along with Mansfield as component of the Husky team that got to the NCAA Elite 8 in 2019. His main duties were positioned with mentoring liberos as well as back row protection, while additionally acting as the in-game offer as well as pass organizer. He additionally offered a quick job as a volunteer aide for the UC Irvine guys’s team.
Prior to making the dive to university, Astor most lately trained at the helm of the Corona del Mar Secondary school where he led the program to an excellent 139-49 document, consisting of 6 straight organization champions from 2013-18. Prior to CDMHS, he was the head young boys’ university trainer at Newport Harbor Senior High School as well as an associate head trainer for the young boys’ as well as ladies’ programs at Laguna Coastline Senior High School. The Laguna Coastline young boys won the 2010 CIF state title with Astor as acting Head Train.

At the club degree, Astor invested 8 periods mentoring for the Balboa Bay Volley Ball Club from 2011 to 2018, leading his team to a set of silver medal surfaces at U.S. Junior Nationals in 2012 as well as 2014. He additionally functioned as an assistant guys’s trainer for Orange Coastline University from 2008-11, assisting the group gain state runner-up surfaces in 2008 as well as 2009, as well as semifinal surfaces in 2010 as well as 2011.
Various Other Quotes on Steve Astor
“Train Steve Astor is a steadfast employee, educated trainer, consistent instructor, as well as really a fantastic individual. With this hire, the Wildcats are off to a terrific begin in going after quality!” Scott Wong, Pepperdine Head Train
Fiona Fonoti – Aide Train
Fonoti is familiar with Large 12 beach ball as the previous Nebraska All-American makes her means to K-State after acting as an assistant trainer at West Virginia as well as Iowa State.
“I would love to give thanks to Genetics Taylor, Jill Shields, as well as Jason Mansfield for this terrific chance to be a component of the K-State beach ball program,” Fonoti stated. “I am exceptionally thrilled to start. Go ‘Pet cats!”
In her 3 periods at ISU, the Honolulu, Hawaii indigenous collaborated with the protective professionals as well as liberos. In 2021, Fonoti aided Marija Popovic insurance claim Large 12 Libero of the Year awards after she led the organization in digs per collection (4.56). Popovic additionally assembled First string All-Big 12, AVCA All-Midwest Area First String as well as Beach ball Publication All-American honors.
Fonoti, officially Fiona Nepo, had a standout occupation as a setter at Nebraska where she became part of the Husker team that made 3 journeys to the NCAA Final 4, consisting of the 1995 Championship game. Throughout her four-year occupation with the Huskers, she came to be a three-time AVCA All-American as well as three-time All-Big 12 First string guest of honor, obtaining Large 12 Gamer of the Year acknowledgment along with a finalist for the NCAA Gamer of the Year as well as Honda Broderick Honors.
To today, Fonoti stays the all-time leader in single-season helps (1,653) as well as single-match helps (63) while placing just 2nd to existing Husker Nicklin Hames with 4,824 occupation helps. 
Various Other Quotes on Fiona Fonoti
“Fiona is an extremely unique individual, as well as I am so satisfied for her, her family members, as well as Kansas State Volley Ball. Fiona has a unique means of getting in touch with student-athletes as well as every person she can be found in call with. She will certainly do a fantastic task for Train Mansfield as well as the KSU program. Her experience as an All-American setter as well as outstanding student-athlete, together with her years as a high degree college aide trainer, will certainly offer her well. She will certainly have a terrific effect at Kansas State. ” Christy Johnson-Lynch, Iowa State Head Train as well as two-time Nebraska All-American
Exactly how to comply with the ‘Pet cats: Keep up to day on K-State beach ball online at as well as on the group’s social networks networks on Twitter as well as Instagram.

Kansas State College, the country’s very first functional land-grant establishment as well as a Carnegie Structure Rate One college, is identified as one of the country’s finest universities with first-rate research study as well as scholastic quality situated in America’s No. 1 University Community (Manhattan, KS).


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