January 31, 2012

SENATORS HIRE NEW VOLLEYBALL COACH

ELKINS, WV-

New Coach for Senator Volleyball


Davis & Elkins College has named Ashley Pappas, formerly Assistant Volleyball Coach & Recruiting Coordinator at West Virginia University and a Naperville, Illinois native, as Head Volleyball Coach for the Senators.

Having assumed her D&E coaching duties on January 23rd, Pappas brings a well-rounded understanding of the sport and impressive playing and coaching experience. "We are very fortunate to have Coach Pappas join our coaching staff," notes Athletic Director Ron Palmer. "She brings a history of player experience and coaching experience that will benefit both our volleyball program and student-athletes."

A former NCAA Division I volleyball player at West Virginia University, Pappas posted 265 kills and 501 digs in the 314 total games she played as a Mountaineer from 2004-07.  She was a four-year Letter-winner, served as team captain her senior season and received WVU's Women's Volleyball Coaches Award as a senior in 2007.  She also assisted with the WVU Volleyball Camp, coordinating drills and teaching the basic fundamentals of the sport.

Pappas earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports and Exercise Psychology in 2008.  She went on to become Assistant Volleyball Coach at WVU under then Head Coach Veronica Hammersmith from 2008-10.  During her tenure as Assistant Coach, Pappas was responsible for a wide-range of duties including on-court training and pre- and post- game management. 

Pappas was promoted to Recruiting Coordinator and Assistant Volleyball Coach under new Head Coach Jill Kramer in August, 2010.  Her duties expanded to include recruiting and statistical evaluation of team players and summer camp activities.

"I would like to thank President G.T. "Buck" Smith, Vice President Kevin Wilson, and Athletic Director Ron Palmer," notes Coach Pappas.  "I am honored to have been given the opportunity to be part of the Davis & Elkins College athletic staff. Over the past several years I have gained a genuine love for the great state of West Virginia and look to combine that with my love for the sport of volleyball.  I look forward to being in the gym with the team and getting to work!"

Pappas is an active volunteer with a number of organizations promoting health and physical fitness, such as Stepping Stones and the Choosy Kids Club in Morgantown, and the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon.  As with all members of the faculty and staff at D&E, part of her duties will include outreach to the larger community through volleyball clinics and camps for area youth.

Related to the Presbyterian Church (USA), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, DC. For more information about Davis & Elkins College, please call 304-637-1230 or visit www.dewv.edu.  For information relating to the Athletic Department, please call 304-637-1251 or visit www.SenatorNation.com.