Female College Volleyball Coaches

An increasing number of female college volleyball coaches have been

hired to lead Division I teams, in the past five to ten years. 

In the story of the NCAA playoff tournament, college volleyball coaches

have traditionally been male.

After three years of record-setting dominance by the Penn State

womens volleyball team, the level of top notch competition has finally

opened up to include NCAA womens volleyball team's from conferences

all over the country, not just from the Big Ten and the Pac-12.

 Another noticeable difference comes from the number of female

college volleyball coaches currently coaching Division I women's teams

that are being ranked higher in national polls each year.

Some make it to the playoff and some don't but if you've ever thought

about becoming a womens volleyball coach and you are a female, now is

a good time to try your luck.

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Big Ten (6): Penn State*, Nebraska, MinnesotaMichigan, Michigan

Ohio State

With the most teams from one conference to qualify to play in the NCAA

volleyball regionals tournament this year, the Indiana Hoosiers are

arguably in the toughest conference in the nation, the Big Ten.

Indiana didn't make it to this year's NCAA volleyball regionals.

The competition that Indiana's head volleyball coach Sherry Dunbar

faces every week includes top-15 ranked teams like the Fighting Illini at

Illinois, the Penn State Nittany Lions, the Gophers at Minnesota and top

30 ranked teams like Purdue, Northwestern and Ohio State.

Every victory in this conference is almost worth double since the talent

level is so remarkable. 

Pac-12 (6): Stanford, Oregon, USC, UCLA, Washington, Arizona State,

Cal Berkeley

Southeastern (5): Auburn, Florida*, Kentucky, LSU*, Mississippi,



University of Florida

Once again, the top seed in the NCAA womens volleyball playoff

tournament are the Florida Gators guided by twenty year veteran Coach Mary Wise. I

In 2010, Mary Wise helped lead the Gators to a 22-match winning streak

and finished the Southeastern conference with a perfect undefeated

record, the first time an SEC team remained undefeated since 2003.

With 22 seasons at UF, Coach Mary Wise, one of the winningest college

volleyball coaches in the SEC and nationwide, Wise has accumulated a

long list of accomplishments:

  • Mary Wise is the only female coach to appear in more than one national semifinal
  • She reached the 500-win plateau faster than any other Division I female coach
  • An 11-time winner of the SEC Coach of the Year award (1991-93, 1995-96, 1998-02, 2007)
  • Mary Wise has also been named the National Coach of the Year twice (1992, 1996)
  • One of three coaches in the country to win the honor more than once since 1991
  • Wise became the first coach in NCAA history to win 100 consecutive games,
  • The first to win 130 consecutive regular-season conference matches
  • The only coach ever to win 90 percent of her matches in her first 15 seasons at one school
  • In the last eight years, more than a quarter of a million fans have moved through the turnstiles of the "O' Dome" to cheer on Gator volleyball
  • Coach Wise played an integral role in the organization of inaugural SEC Coaches Beach Volleyball Championships, which marked the first beach volleyball tournament held by an NCAA Division I conference.

Coach Mary Wise was hired in 1991 and in her first year as head coach

the Gators finished ties with LSU for the SEC regular season


Florida appeared in the NCAA Final Fourfor the first time in 1992, where

they lost to UCLA in three sets.

A repeat visit to the NCAA Final Four in 1993, made Coach Mary Wise

the first Division I female head coach to qualify for more than one Final

Four tournament

Three years later, Wise led the the Gator to a third NCAA Final Four, the

third in five years which they eventually lost Hawai'i in the semifinals.

That same year Wise was named the American Volleyball Coaches

Association (AVCA) Division I National Coach of the Year.

In 2002, Florida made their first Final Four appearance since 1998,

defeating Temple in the Sweet 16 and Penn State in the Elite Eight,

before falling to eventual national champion Southern California in the


After being 0-for-6 in previous NCAA Final Four semifinals, Florida broke

through in 2003, by defeating Hawaii in the semis, 30-28, 30-28, 23-30,


Appearing in their first NCAA title match in school history, the

Gators lost to undefeated Southern California in four sets, 25-30, 30-27,

30-19, 30-26.

Wise became the first Division I female coach to coach in

a championship match. In addition, Florida set a then-NCAA record of

105 straight games won during the 2003 season.


For seven straight years Coach Fran Flory's LSU team was the leader of

the western division in the Southeastern Conference which led by

That seven year winning streak ended during the 2012 season.

The streak was the second-longest in SEC history only behind Florida's

14-year atop the SEC Eastern Division from 1995-2008.

LSU head volleyball coach Fran Flory led her Tigers to the 2009 SEC

championships extending her team's record as five-time SEC West

champions in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Atlantic Coast (4): Duke*, Florida StateMiami (Fla.)*, North

Carolina, North Carolina State



Jolene Nagel has been the Duke Blue Demons head volleyball coach for

14 years. Under her tutelage Duke will make their tenth NCAA  

womens volleyball tournament appearance, that's 10 in the last eleven


Under Nagel's guidance,

  • Duke has recorded at least 20 wins in nine of the past 11 seasons
  • Has consistently finished in the top of the conference standings, including top-three finishes in each the last six seasons
  • A two-time ACC and East Region Coach of the Year, Nagel has led Duke to three ACC regular season championships, an overall record of 241-105 and an ACC record of 144-58
  • Nagel collected her 400th career victory in 2009 and her 200th win at Duke the same year, both marks that only one other coach in Duke history has reached
  • Nagel's record in her 11 seasons as a Blue Devil has made Duke the winningest program in the ACC over that span in terms of overall winning percentage
  • Duke has annually finished at the top of the ACC under Nagel and boasts the most ACC wins and highest ACC winning percentage of any ACC team since Nagel took over in 1999

University of Miami

This is the twelth year for Nicole Lantagne Welch as head coach of the

University of Miami volleyball.  

In 2013, Coach Welch was voted as the Atlantic Coach Conference

Coach of the Year for a second time, the first was in 2008. 

She was also honored by the American Volleyball Coach's Association as

their East Region Coach of the Year.

"As a team and a program we knew that we were a little bit

underestimated this season," Lantagne Welch said. "We had a lot to

prove and were not picked high since we lost a lot of people. However,

what a lot of people didn't know was how ready we were to step out to

the court and compete. It is a credit to all of the players in our program

and the coaches on the staff to how hard we have worked this year to

put ourselves in this position."

In 2013, Nicole Lantagne Welch was named the new head coach of the

UC Santa Barbara team, stepping in for retiring coach and beach

volleyball legend Cathy Gregory.

Big 12 (4): Texas, Kansas, Iowa State*, Kansas State

Christy Johnson-Lynch heads up a near all-female staff of college

volleyball coaches at the Iowa State Cyclones (20-8) who finished the

regular season with a 19-7 overall record in the super-competitive Big

12 Conference.

  • 2010 Iowa State University Impact Award
  • 2009 Asics/Volleyball Magazine National Coach of the Year
  • 2009 Big 12 Coach of the Year
  • 2009 AVCA Central Region Coach of the Year
  • Six-straight NCAA Tournament, including Elite Eight appearances in 2008 & 2011.
  • An NCAA era school-record 27 wins in 2009
  • School-record 17 Big 12 wins in 2009.
  • Top 20 in the nation in attendance in each of the last five years.
  • Fourteen AVCA All-America honors
  • Sixteen AVCA All-Central Region selections
  • Seventeen All-Big 12 performances
  • Thirty-one Big 12 Player of the Week awards
  • Thirty-four Academic All-Big 12 student-athletes

Missouri Valley (2): Creighton, Missouri State*, Northern Iowa*

University of Northern Iowa

"We are thrilled to be able to announce this deal," Dannen said. "Bobbi is

one of the top volleyball coaches in the nation, and her competitive

record speaks for itself. But, even more importantly, she is a great

leader and role model for young women not only in her program, but also

for the young women across our campus, and throughout the entire

Cedar Valley community. Bobbi is a great asset to the University of

Northern Iowa, and we look forward to continued successes for our

volleyball program, and the student-athletes in that program, with her

at the helm."

The University of Northern Iowa Panthers just renewed Coach Bobbi

Petersen's contract until 2018. 

Under Petersen the UNI volleyball team has captured four Missouri Valley

Conference regular season titles, six MVC tournament crowns and

reached the Sweet 16 on two occasions

Bobbi Petersen is a UNI alumni and is often referred to as the best

player in UNI's volleyball history. In eleven years as head coach,

Peterson has a 259-73 and was named Missouri Valley Conference

Coach of the Year.

She ranks in the top 10 of active Division I coaches in winning

percentage (.780), with the Panthers winning 20 or more matches nine

of her ten years as head coach.

Missouri State 

Melissa Stokes has been the head coach at Missouri State for 15 years

where she accumulated a .684 winning percentage. 

With a 314-145 record, she surpassed the 300-win mark against

Delaware in 2009.

Additional accomplishments include:

Stokes has taken Missouri State to five NCAA Womens Volleyball

Tournaments during her tenure, four in the last five years, and the

Bears have finished at least second in either the Missouri Valley

Conference regular season or tournament in each of the last nine


Big East (2):  

Louisville, Marquette

Big East (2):  Louisville, Marquette

Big West (1): Hawaii

Cal State Fullerton coach Carolyn Zimmerman didn't qualify this year but

she has been at the helm of the Titans long enough to accumulate a

108 -131 record.

Mountain West (2): Colorado State, San Diego State*

San Diego State

Deitre Collins Parker

In addition, Head Coach Deitre Collins-Parker was voted the Mountain

West Coach of the Year after her Aztecs compiled a record of 23-7

overall and 13-3 in league play to earn SDSU's first Mountain West

volleyball championship. Collins-Parker was previously named the

Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 1998 when she was

the head coach at UNLV.

In 2011 she led her Aztec squad to an 18-10 mark and a 10-4 ledger in

the Mountain West, good for a second-place finish. It was SDSU's best

conference record and league finish since the 2002 season and top

overall record since 2003. In addition, she produced the program's first

All-America honoree (Andrea Hannasch) since 1988 along with three

all-conference selections.

Sun Belt (1): Western Kentucky

Western Athletic (1): New Mexico State

America East: Binghamton, Albany (N.Y.)*

Albany didn't qualify for the 2012 NCAA volleyball regionals.

MJ Engstrom came to Albany as a top assistant after five seasons as

one of Nicholls State college volleyball coaches.

In her third season as top assistant she helped guide Albany to its third

conference championship in four seasons and produced the program's

first NCAA Womens Volleyball Tournament victory after she was

appointed interim head women's volleyball coach on March 5, 2008.

The Danes finished 24-10 overall and reached the NCAA Womens

Volleyball playoffs second round for the first time in team history.

In the spring of 2009, MJ Engstrom was named head volleyball coach

where she led the Great Danes to their third consecutive America East

Conference title and fourth in the last five seasons.

The Great Danes played in the first round of the NCAA Womens

Volleyball Tournament, taking on #2 Stanford. 

In 2011, UAlbany won its sixth America East Conference championship

title, and fourth in the last five years under Engstrom’s tutelage.

Atlantic 10: Dayton

Atlantic Sun: East Tennessee State 

Big Sky: Northern Colorado 

Big South: Liberty

Colonial Athletic Association: Hofstra

Conference USA: Tulsa

Horizon League: Cleveland State

Butler* didn't qualify for the 2012 NCAA volleyball regionals


* Butler's all-time leader in volleyball wins

* 2010 Horizon League Champion and NCAA Tournament appearance

* Had 7 winning seasons at Butler

* Coached 4 20-win seasons (1996, 2003, 2009, 2010)

Ivy League: Yale

Penn* didn't qualify for the 2012 NCAA volleyball regionals.

The longest-tenured and winningest coach in program history, Kerry

Carr will begin her 16th season as the head women's volleyball coach at

Penn in 2013.

With Coach Kerr the Quakers won five Ivy League

championships and have accumulated nine 15-win seasons, in addition

to back-to-back Ivy League titles and two NCAA Championship


As of 2010, Coach Kerry Carr became the program's all-time leader in


Mid-American: Bowling Green State

Mid-Eastern Athletic: Maryland Eastern Shore

South Carolina State* did not qualify for an automatic bid for the NCAA

volleyball regionals.

South Carolina State

Donika Sutton is in her second season as the head coach with the SC

State women's volleyball program. 

Sutton served as the assistant volleyball coach with the program from

2009-2010 and in 2010 helped the Lady Bulldogs capture their

second Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championships (last title won

was in 1990).

Metro-Atlantic Athletic: Fairfield 

Niagara* did not qualify for the 2012 NCAA volleyball regionals


Fourth year head coach Susan Clements led her Purple Eagles to

successfully defend their 2010 Metro Atlantic Athletic conference title.

Sweeping Iona in the final, Niagara (25-8) earned the conference’s

automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Womens Volleyball Tournament.

Additional accomplishments:

  • Niagara set a program record with its 25th win of the season and extended its program-best winning streak to 19 matches, which is tied for sixth longest in the nation
  • The volleyball team becomes the first Niagara athletics program to repeat as conference tournament champions and have consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances
  • In her first season, Clements doubled the team’s previous win total and tied the school’s record for conference victories
  • Last year, she led the Purple Eagles to their greatest season in program history, which included a winning record of 23-9, their first MAAC Championship and the first NCAA Womens Volleyball Tournament appearence
  • In 2008, she guided the nation’s youngest team (four sophomores and six freshmen) to six victories. The highlight of the 2008 campaign came when freshman setter Michelle James claimed MAAC Co-Rookie of the Year honors after breaking the single-season record for assists with 1,149.
  • In 2007, Clements coached six players on the MAAC All-Academic Team and led Raelean Rush to First-Team All-MAAC honors. The Purple Eagles also earned the first win against Buffalo in program history.

Northeast: LIU Brooklyn 

Ohio Valley: Belmont

Austin Peay* did not qualify for the 2012 NCAA volleyball regionals

Austin Peay

Austin Peay's first year head coach Taylor Mott  finished 17-16. The

Lady Govs lost in the first round in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Patriot League: Colgate

Southern: College of Charleston

Southland: Central Arkansas

UTSA* didn't qualify for the 2012 NCAA volleyball playoffs.


Coach Laura Neugebauer-Groff begins her ninth season at the helm of

UTSA’s volleyball program. The local volleyball legend has become well-

respected and has:

  • Led the Roadrunners to a dozen wins this past fall
  • Neugebauer-Groff became the winningest coach in program history when the Birds defeated Cal State Bakersfield on Sept. 8 and her career ledger now stands at 380-192 (.664), including 124 victories at UTSA

  • UTSA posted 19 wins, tied for the most during her tenure, in 2008.
  • Neugebauer-Groff posted her 300th career victory in the 2005 season opener against Delaware and led the Roadrunners to an 18-11 record, a 10-1 mark at the Convocation Center and a berth in the Southland Tournament championship match.

Southwestern Athletic: Jackson State

Summit League: IPFW

North Dakota State* -didn't qualify for the 2012 NCAA volleyball


North Dakota State

In her interim role in 2010, Thompson went 9-2 and led the Bison to

their third straight Summit League championship and second NCAA

tournament in three years.  NDSU finished 20-11 overall and tied for first

place with a 14-4 record in The Summit League.

She was named Summit League Coach of the Year in 2011, her first full

season at the helm, as the Bison went 26-9 and won a fourth straight

Summit League title with a 16-2 mark.  NDSU made another NCAA

tournament appearance and achieved the program's highest ranking at

No. 42 in the NCAA Rating Percentage Index.

Western Athletic: New Mexico State

West Coast: BYU

San Diego* didn't qualify for the NCAA volleyball tournament.

San Diego

Honored as the 2004, 2008 and 2010 West Coast Conference Coach of

the Year, in 11 complete seasons as head coach, Petrie has led San

Diego to nine appearances in the NCAA Tournament (1999, 2001, 2002,

2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 & 2010).

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