Jimmy Stika joined the Griffin coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach after earning his Bachelor's degree from Fontbonne in 2016, making the 2018 season his second on staff.
The four-year Griffin made a heavy dent in building the men's volleyball program and guiding the Griffins to a season-high 17-10 record his senior season. The St. Louis native libero earned numerous awards throughout his career.
Stika garnered one of Fontbonne Athletics' highest awards in the Bryan Kennedy Award his senior season. Stika was the only freshman Mike Haston inherited that stuck with the program and saw the men's volleyball team go from a 2-20 season his freshman year to a school-record 17-10 schedule his senior year. He consistently placed the team's goals over his own, coordinated off-season workouts, and helped incoming players become adjusted to student-athlete life. According to Coach Haston, "Jimmy's high character and unselfish attitude has set the standard for the classes to follow".
Stika has been a CVC West All-Conference honoree, is a 2014 Honor Scholar Award winner, has been on the MCVL All-Academic Team and Fontbonne's Dean's List, the 2013 team Freshman of the Year and was just named the 2016 team 110% award recipient. In addition, Stika is second all-time at Fontbonne with 831 career digs and ranks fourth among all active NCAA volleyball players (including D1) in career digs/set and fifth in total digs.