New Coach Hired
Jan. 30, 2004
LAS VEGAS - Allison Keeley has been hired as the head coach of the UNLV volleyball program, UNLV Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick announced Friday.
Keeley comes to Las Vegas from Villanova University where she was the head volleyball coach for three seasons.
While at the helm of the Wildcat program, Keeley guided her 2002 team to its first winning season since 1997 as the team completed an 11-win turnaround from the previous year, finishing 18-16 overall. She recorded a 39-48 record in her three years at Villanova and went from last to fourth place in the Big East Conference to earn a berth in the 2003 conference tournament, an impressive feat considering the limited resources her program received.
Her team averaged a 3.2 grade point average over two years and her student-athletes earned multiple conference academic awards.
"Allison took a struggling program that had finished last to the upper echelon of the Big East Conference," Hamrick said. "Her background indicates a coach that has taken poor programs to a much higher level."
"I am very excited about the opportunity at UNLV," Keeley said. "I am looking forward to working with the student-athletes and developing a tradition of academic and athletic excellence. Our program returns some outstanding talent and I am eager to prepare the team to compete in the Mountain West Conference this fall."
From 1998-2001, Keeley spent three seasons as the head coach at Southern Arkansas University, an NCAA Division II school. At SAU, her squad finished third in the Gulf South Conference in her first season.
From 1996-98 Keeley was the head coach at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., as the team qualified for two postseasons.
She spent the spring of 1996 as assistant coach at Cal Poly Pomona and in 1995 she served as associate head coach at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., where her team recorded a fourth-place finish in the conference after finishing the previous season with a 3-31 record.
Keeley started her coaching career as the head coach at Sparks High School in Sparks, Nev.
Keeley graduated in 1990 from Carleton College with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and was a four-year varsity starter as a setter for the school, earning all-conference honors. She earned her master's degree in education from Azusa Pacific in 1998.
Keeley becomes UNLV's fifth coach in program history and replaces Collins, who led the program for eight seasons.