Molly Alvey is entering her second season as head volleyball coach at the University of Houston after taking over the program on Jan. 25, 2010. She came to Houston after spending five seasons as an assistant coach at Ole Miss, including her final two as the associate head coach.
Following her first season as head coach, Alvey guided the Cougars to a third-place finish in Conference USA with a 13-7 record. It was the program's first top three finish since 2005, and the 13 C-USA wins were also the most in league play since 1999.
In addition, Alvey tutored All-C-USA first-team selections Lucy Charuk and Chandace Tryon. Charuk went on to be named an AVCA Honorable Mention while earning a spot as an AVCA Midwest All-Region selection. She also earned a spot on the Canadian National Team during the summer of 2010.
Not only did Alvey have success on the court in her first season at UH, but she also guided the program to a 3.37 GPA during the 2010-11 school year, the highest departmental GPA and the best in program history.
Following her first season at the helm of the Houston volleyball program, Alvey continued to hone her coaching skills by being selected to serve as a coach for Team USA at the China-USA Challenge Invitaional in Beijing in the summer of 2011. She followed that up by serving as a coach on the A2 Junior National Team at the European Global Challenge in Pula, Croatia.
AT OLE MISS
In her five seasons at Ole Miss, Alvey was a key component in the Rebels success as she helped guide Ole Miss to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007 and a pair of record setting seasons those same years.
In that time, Alvey was responsible for coaching All-SEC setter Rachel Kieckhaefer who garnered the honor in 2007 and 2008 while also picking up All-Region Honorable Mention honors as a junior. She also played a part in developing All-SEC selection Jaclyn Toohey as well as SEC All-Freshman selections Jackie Jones, Regina Thomas and Whitney Craven. As recruiting coordinator, Alvey also was key in securing the nation's 23rd-ranked recruiting class in 2009.
In 2006, the Rebels advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history while tying the school record for conference wins in a season with 10. Ole Miss then advanced to the NCAA Tournament for a second-straight season in 2007 with a 25-9 mark on the year and a record-setting 14 wins in SEC play. The Rebels finished third in the Southeastern Conference and second in the Western Division that season while posting the first 20-win season since 1989.
AT SOUTHERN INDIANA
During just one season at Southern Indiana, Alvey took the Screaming Eagles to excellence and set an example for what she expects out of a volleyball team.
The 2004 squad finished the regular season 24-7 claiming the Great Lakes Valley Conference regular-season title with a 15-1 conference record. After claiming the regular season title, Southern Indiana then stormed through the conference tournament to earn the program's second-ever NCAA Division II Tournament berth, advancing to the second round.
In her time at USI, Alvey coached two All-Region selections and the program's second All-America selection in Laura Ellerbusch.
During her three years as a graduate assistant coach at Temple, Alvey was part of a program that posted an overall record of 72-25 (.742), claimed an Atlantic 10 Championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2002.
The Owls finished as A-10 Conference Runners-Up in 2001 and 2003.
Alvey was also a part of a coaching staff that coached A-10 Player of the Year Xu Yun in 2002, and two-time A-10 Setter of the Year in Allison Runk in 2002 and 2003. The Temple coaching staff also produced eight All-Conference first team selections in those three seasons.
AT CENTRE COLLEGE
As a setter at Centre College, Alvey lettered all four seasons and held the Centre College career record for assists with 4,340 at the time of her graduation and helped lead her team to an 82-59 overall record in that time.
In her time at Centre, Alvey stood out on the court, being named as an All-SCAC Third Team selection in her junior season and a First Team selection in her senior season. She also helped Centre rank fourth nationally in digs-per-game.
Alvey also played basketball for Centre and was an All-SCAC Second Team selection as a senior. She holds the single-season three-point percentage record as she hit .456 in the 2000-01 season.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT MOLLY ALVEY:
"Molly will be a great leader and role model for our student-athletes, as she brings a winning demeanor to the court and classroom," Rhoades said. "Her fiery passion will undoubtedly prepare them for success in all areas of life. We are excited to have Molly join our Houston athletics family."
~Mack Rhodes, University of Houston Director of Athletics
"Molly is an excellent hire. Her energy and knowledge of the game has helped Ole Miss be successful and she can do the same at the University of Houston. She is one of the fine up-and-coming women's coaches in the country, and she will put Houston at the top of its conference."
~Joe Getzin, Ole Miss Head Volleyball Coach
"Houston made a fantastic hire in Molly Alvey. She is one of the brightest young coaches in the business and is a fantastic recruiter. She is an incredible coach and she is going to bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm into the Houston program. She will get involved with the local and regional club teams right away and will make a splash."
~Anne Kordes, Saint Louis Head Volleyball Coach
"Molly brings great energy and passion to the position and I find her to be one of the top young coaches out there. "
~Russ Rose, Penn State Head Volleyball Coach
MOLLY ALVEY AT A GLANCE
Full name: Molly Michelle Alvey
Hometown: Louisville, KY
Birthdate: January 27, 1979
High School: Mercy Academy, 1997
Temple University MBA International Business Administration 2004
Centre College Bachelor of Science Economics 2001
Centre College 1997-2001 Setter; Point Guard