ASU names new volleyball coach

Former United States National Player Penny Lucas-White has been named Head Volleyball Coach, Alabama State Athletic Director Stacy Danley announced.

Lucas-White will be officially introduced Monday, August 1 at 1 p.m. in the Houston Markham Football Complex.

"We are elated to get someone of Penny's pedigree to lead our volleyball program," Danley said. "Her extensive career as a player collegiately and professionally, along with her head coaching experience, was very attractive to us. We remain committed to hiring the best coaches, and look forward to Lucas-White elevating the Alabama State volleyball team to a championship level."

The new Lady Hornets' mentor draws her coaching expertise from an impressive playing career at the collegiate, national and international levels, as well as coaching some of the top scholar athletes in the nation.

Among numerous career highlights, Lucas-White:

  • Played collegiately at LSU (1980-83), and as a professional domestically and internationally (1984-91, 1997);
  • Played as a member of the USA National Volleyball Team (1985-86);
  • Has spent 19 seasons as a coach, 15 as a college head coach (Memphis 1991-95, Air Force Academy 1996-2009);
  • Coached athletes that earned MIT, Rhodes and Alberta Bart Holaday Scholarships.

"I am so excited and honored about the new position at Alabama State University, with its rich history and tradition," Lucas-White said. "I am thankful to the ASU administration for granting me this opportunity. I look forward to having a positive and productive experience with our student-athletes and moving our program to the next level."

As head coach at Memphis, Lucas-White led the program to back-to-back Great Midwest Conference titles in 1993 and 1994, earning Coach of the Year honors both seasons. Her Lady Tiger squads maintained a 3.0 team GPA during her tenure at Memphis.

Lucas-White took the reins at Air Force Academy in 1996, the school's first season competing in Division I in the highly competitive Western Athletic Conference (now known as the Mountain West Conference). A total of 18 cadet-athletes earned academic All-Mountain West Conference honors, including one conference scholar-athlete of the year.

Among her community involvement, Lucas-White has been an active member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association. In 2003, she helped the AVCA receive an NCAA minority coaches grant for a program entitled "Volleyball: Live it! Love it! Coach It.!"

Lucas-White earned first-team All-SEC honors, as well as the MVP award, in her first season playing at LSU. After a three-year career, she left college to begin her professional playing career domestically in the United State Volleyball League as well as international leagues in Italy and Germany.

Lucas-White earned the honor of playing on the United States National Volleyball Team in the 1985 NORCECA (North, Central America and Caribbean)Games, competing against the best players in the world.

While competing professionally in the United States and Europe, Lucas-White began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Auburn from 1987-89.

INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama State University