TUESDAY, AUGUST 03, 2010
JU names Christina Diaz as assistant volleyball coach
Former Florida standout and Radford assistant coach Christina Diaz has been named JU assistant volleyball coach by head coach Shaun Kupferberg. Diaz replaces Ali Simmons, who left her position over the summer after completing her master’s degree at JU.
In her lone season at Radford in 2009, Diaz was responsible for all aspects of the program, including recruiting, as the Highlanders tallied double-digit wins (12) for the first time since 2001 en route to earning a bid to the Big South Conference Tournament.
In her collegiate career, Diaz was a four-year letterwinner and defensive specialist at Florida from 2005-08 under head coach Mary Wise. As a senior co-captain, she helped the Gators to an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance and the program’s 18th straight SEC title.
“Christina brings a great knowledge of the game to our staff,” Kupferberg said. “She’s played at the highest level and has really studied the game. I think she’s going to make a big difference while working with our defense and set a new standard in an already strong unit.”
Prior to Radford, Diaz prepped for a collegiate coaching career with an internship in the Florida volleyball office under Wise where she assisted in all aspects of the program following the completion of her eligibility.
She graduated from Florida with a degree in health education in 2009.