Elaini Kollias enters her sixth season as an assistant coach with the Rebels.
Kollias has been at UNLV for all five years of the resurgence of the program and has helped coach the team to no less than 15 wins in each of her years in Las Vegas. She has helped head coach Allison Keeley to an overall mark of 90-57. Included in those 90 victories are back-to-back seasons of at least 20 victories with a school-record 24 amassed in 2007.
Prior to UNLV, she spent three years as a graduate assistant and assistant coach with West Virginia's volleyball team. During her time in Morgantown she was responsible for on-court coaching as well as actively recruiting the West Coast.
"Elaini is extremely personable, has a ton of energy and a great work ethic," said UNLV head coach Allison Keeley. "This combination of attributes makes her a great asset on the court and a tremendous recruiter."
Before joining the Mountaineer staff, Kollias spent eight seasons as a head coach for the Saddleback Valley Volleyball Club, coaching various age levels. She also assisted in a number of volleyball summer camps over the years, including the Junior National Performance camp and the South Coast Beach Volleyball camp.
Kollias started her playing career at Saddleback Junior College (Mission Viejo, Calif.) where she was named team MVP twice and was a two time all-conference member. She was later inducted into the Saddleback Hall of Fame. She then went on to play for Concordia University in Irvine, Calif., and set a school record for most kills in a match with 34. Kollias holds the career record for kills and is third in all-time assists for the Eagles.
In 2002, she was a member of an American contingent that won the gold medal at the Scottish National Championships. The team was coached by George Mason University's Pat Kendrick.
Kollias is from Dana Point, Calif., and graduated from Concordia University in 1996 with a B.A. in elementary education. She earned her master's degree in athletic coaching education in 2002 from West Virginia.