Bob Vilsoet
Harper College
Bob Vilsoet
Volleyball Coach
bvilsoet@harpercollege.edu
Harper College

Junior College


Vilsoet is entering his 18th season at the helm of the Harper College volleyball program in the fall of 2018. Since he became head coach in 2002, the Hawks have posted a 509-270 overall record, including a 130-43 mark in N4C play.  Vilsoet has earned plenty of hardware during his tenure at Harper as he is a six-time District Coach of the Year, five-time Regional Coach of the Year and four-time Conference Coach of the Year; plus 2016 National Championship (Heidi Hutchinson) Coach of the Tournament;  the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) 2016 Regional AND National Two-Year College United States Marine Corps (USMC) Coach of the Year, and AVCA 2017 Regional Coach of the Year.

In 2016, Harper College won the NJCAA Div III National Championship with a 43-1 record overall and 12-0 in N4C Conference, and in 2017 went to the National Championship match again and was the NJCAA Div III National Runner-up with a 37-6 overall record; and 12-0 in N4C Conference play again.  Both years, Harper College finished the regular season ranked #1 in the National Poll.

Vilsoets teams have won the Region IV Tournament six times. At the NJCAA National Tournament, Harper won the National Championship in 2016, and lost in the National Championship final match in 2017.  Harper finished in fourth place three different times (2002, 2005 and 2008).

Vilsoet also has a track record of developing players as he has coached 18 All-Americans;  most recently in 2017, libero Ariana Chelini, middle hitter Sarah Udoni, and right side hitter Ellie Burzlaff who was also named Conference Player of the Year and Harper College Athlete of the Year.

In the offseason, Vilsoet coaches at Sky High Volleyball Club (since 2004).  Sky High Junior Olympic teams practice at the Canlan Sportsplex in Lake Barrington; Sky High regional teams practice in Palatine at Harper College and in Hoffman Estates at Prairie Stone Sports and Wellness Center.  

A former Midwest Volleyball professional sand doubles player, Vilsoet was named Midwest Volleyball Professionals (MVP) Amateur Sportsman of the Year in 1996.  He has been playing in various leagues for over 30 years in the Great Lakes Region and is also IMPACT certified.

Currently, Vilsoet has 26 players that are currently playing in College or at a University after Sky High club or Harper College volleyball seasons.

Vilsoet has a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Northern Illinois University, which he obtained in 1994.  He also has a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science and Mathematics (double major) from Illinois State University in 1980.  Before ISU, Vilsoet graduated from Harper College in 1978, with both an Associate Degree in the Arts, and an Associate Degree in Science.