BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University Head Volleyball Coach Fernanda Nelson has announced the hiring of Alyssa Warren as an assistant coach. Warren moves over to the indoor staff after serving as a volunteer assistant for the beach volleyball squad during the 2016 season.
“Alyssa’s experience as both a player and a coach will be a valuable asset to the team,” said Nelson. “She also has a contagious excitement for the sport. I look forward to working with her.”
Warren was a member of the beach volleyball team prior to joining the coaching staff. After starting the 2015 season as part of the No. 5 tandem, Warren eventually worked her way up to the No. 2 duo and finished the year with eight dual match wins, helping the team to a 9-6 dual match record, tripling the win total from the previous year, including wins over ninth-ranked Stetson and 14th-ranked Stanford.
This past season as a volunteer assistant for the Sandy Owls, Warren helped the team to 13 wins and saw Delaney Clesen and Gabrielle Dischler earn AVCA Honorable Mention All-American honors.
Warren's experience as a volleyball player includes a brilliant career at Seton Hall University. A four year starter at libero and two-time captain, she was the first player in SHU history and just the fourth ever to be named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year twice. Warren was also a two-time All Big East Conference selection.
The only player in school history with more than 2,000 career digs, Warren finished her career with the third highest total in NCAA history. Warren also played with USA Volleyball, as a member of the Junior and Senior A2 teams.
As a coach, Warren is a Master Camp coach at Sports Performance Volleyball Club, specializing in first contact and defense.
Warren received her undergraduate degree in Marketing and Sport Management from Seton Hall, with a minor in Graphic Design and received her MBA in Entrepreneurship from FAU.
The team's 2016 schedule will be released later this summer. For tickets, contact the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS or logon to www.fausports.com.