John Fluette spent his first season as assistant coach in 2017 after serving as volunteer assistant with the program in 2015 and 2016. The Antelope, Calif., native also spent the five years playing for the Sacramento State men’s club volleyball team (2013-17).
During his three-year stint on the coaching staff, the Hornets combined for a 72-29 overall record and a 40-8 mark in league play. The Hornets have won at least 20 games three consecutive years, posted back-to-back Big Sky South Division championships (2017, 2016), and have not lost a Big Sky regular season home match since the 2014 season (a span of 24 straight wins).
In 2017, Fluette’s first as a full-time assistant coach, the team went 26-10 overall and 15-1 in the Big Sky, winning the league’s regular season title for the first time since 2007. The team had three winning streaks of at least six games long, including a 10-gamer from Sept. 21-Oct. 21. The Hornets’ 15-1 conference record tied for the program’s best mark since joining the league in 1996 (the 1998 and 2006 squads also accomplished the feat).
Four members of the 2017 team were named all-conference, including league MVP Kennedy Kurtz, as well as fellow first team all-league selections Shannon Boyle and Mikaela Nocetti, and second team all-league choice Lana Brown. Kurtz became the first Big Sky MVP since 2007, and the Hornets placed three players on the first team for just the second time in program history.
By virtue of winning the league’s 2017 Big Sky regular season championship, Sacramento State hosted the conference tournament, winning their first two matches before falling in five sets in the championship match. Still, the Hornets made their first national postseason appearance since 2007 when the team qualified for the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC). Statistically, the team ranked second in the nation in total kills (1,972), fourth in digs (2,507) and ninth in aces (197). In addition, Kurtz easily led the nation in assists with 1,611.
As a volunteer assistant in 2015 and 2016, Fluette ran the video and statistical programs, helped facilitate drills at practice, and was heavily involved with opponent scouting. During those two seasons as volunteer assistant, Sacramento State combined for a 46-19 overall record and 25-7 mark in league play. That included the Hornets’ first Big Sky South Division championship in 2016. In fact, during that 2016 season, Sacramento State was the No. 2 seed at the eight-team Big Sky Tournament after finishing the year with a 13-3 conference record.
Sacramento State received five all-Big Sky selections in 2016, the most of any of the conference’s 12 teams. Moreover, the five selections tied for the most awarded to the program since Sacramento State joined the Big Sky in 1996.
Fluette spent the past five years playing for Sacramento State’s club volleyball team where he was a two-time All-American, four-time all-league selection and two-time team captain. Fluette helped the team to a combined record of 155-62 during his five seasons, including a 30-9 mark in the spring of 2017.
He finished his career with 1,845 kills, 786 digs, 395 blocks and 190 aces. The kills and aces are the top marks in program history, while the blocks rank second, and the digs rank third.