Brown Rounds Out Coaching Staff
Casey LaRocca returns to FAU as an assistant coach.

Casey LaRocca returns to FAU as an assistant coach.

May 3, 2011

BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic head volleyball coach Jody Brown has named Casey LaRocca and Ben Sheu to his coaching staff.

"Both Casey and Ben have a tremendous passion for the game of volleyball," said Brown.

LaRocca was an all-conference setter during her four years at Florida Atlantic (2005-08) and helped the Owls to the 2005 NCAA Tournament. She still holds the school record for assists in a season (1,396) and career assists (4,214).

After finishing her playing career at FAU, LaRocca was a graduate assistant and interim head coach at Lehigh, where she helped the Mountain Hawks to 14 wins in her first season, after they had just 13 in the three seasons prior to her arrival. In 2010, Lehigh went 13-13, its first record of .500 or better in seven years. She also earned her masters' degree in Environmental Policy Design.

LaRocca will run day-to-day operations for the program, oversee recruiting and help coordinate the offense, specifically the setters.

"As a former FAU player, Casey truly loves the school and that is a huge asset to the program," said Brown.

Ben Sheu joins the staff full time after serving a volunteer assistant for the past two seasons. He also coaches the Palm Beach Juniors club team. Sheu attended Indiana University where he played on the men's club team and also coached the Hoosierland Volleyball club.

Prior to Indiana, Sheu played at Naperville North HS in Naperville, IL where he helped the Huskies to back-to-back appearances in the state Final Four. He will assist in recruiting, be in charge of video exchange, work with the outside hitters and coordinate the Owls' defense.

"I'm excited for the opportunity Coach Brown has given me and I'm ready to get to work," Sheu said.