MONDAY, JULY 21, 2008
JU names Alison Simmons as assistant volleyball coach

JU head coach Shaun Kupferberg put the finishing touches on his 2008 coaching staff by naming former Washington and Northwest (Wa.) University player Alison Simmons as his assistant volleyball coach.

         Simmons begins her first season with the Dolphin coaching staff after recently completing a stellar career as a setter for the nationally ranked Washington Huskies. Simmons reunites with her former coaches, Shaun Kupferberg and Kelly Hopkins, who she played under as a freshman and sophomore at Northwest.

“Ali has a great volleyball mind and has learned from the best setting coach in the nation,” Kupferburg said. “She has also been coaching club volleyball throughout her collegiate career which gives her a head start in her coaching career.  We look forward to her bringing great experience and enthusiasm to our team while focusing on our setter’s development.”

As a senior at Washington, she helped the Huskies to a 27-4 overall record, a No. 6 ranking in the nation and a second round finish in the NCAA Tournament. Slowed by injury, Simmons averaged 8.36 assists and 1.5 digs per contest in limited action. As a junior, she played in five matches as the Huskies went 29-5 and was ranked No. 6 in the nation before falling to Stanford in the NCAA Tournament Semifinals.

Prior to Washington, Simmons was an all-region and first team all-Cascade Conference setter at Northwest. As a sophomore, she averaged 13.64 assists per game while leading the Eagles to a No. 10 ranking among NAIAschools with a 28-4 record. As a freshman, she led the squad with 6.20 assists per game and a 22-8 overall record.

In her prep career, Simmons was a three-year letterwinner at Bothell High School. A two-time all-conference selection, she led the squad to back-to-back league and district titles as a sophomore and junior. In club action, she was a member of Sudden Impact Volleyball Club and has been an assistant coach with the club since 2004.