BAILEY COLEMAN | SAND COACH
Bailey Coleman is entering her third season as head coach for the UAB beach volleyball team, having previously served two seasons as an assistant for indoor volleyball team.
During her tenure as head coach, Coleman has led two pairs to the AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championship in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. The Blazers have sent a duo to the AVCA National Championships in all four season of fielding a team.
In the upcoming 2016 season, Coleman will lead the Blazers in their first year competing in the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association.
Coleman comes to Birmingham from the University of Montevallo, where she spent the pervious two seasons as an assistant coach under Katie O'Brien. While with the Falcons, she assisted in all aspects of coaching, including recruiting, travel and constructing scouting reports.
Her primary focus was the team's defense and passing, which finished tops in the Peach Belt Conference in digs-per-set in both 2010 and 2011.
During the 2010 campaign, Montevallo finished an impressive 24-13 as the Falcons made their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and concluded the season in the nation's top 32 of all Division II programs.
Prior to her two-year stint at Montevallo, Coleman served as a graduate assistant coach at Oklahoma City University, an NAIA school within the Sooner Athletic Conference.
The Stars went 33-8 in her first season with the volleyball program, advancing to the SAC Tournament Semifinals. Beyond her regular coaching duties, Coleman was in charge of fundraising and monitoring the student-athletes in their academic progress.
Coleman concluded her two years at OCU by earning her Masters of Education, with a focus in Applied Behavioral Studies in June 2010.
Before embarking on her coaching career, Coleman was a four-year letterwinner in volleyball at Georgia Southern. She led the Eagles in digs (302) and digs-per-set (3.28) as a senior as she played both outside hitter and libero during her days as a student-athlete. She ranked second on the team in kills as a sophomore and finished her career with 1,108 digs, 858 kills and 60 service aces. Her career dig total ranks fourth all-time at GSU.
Coleman was recruited and played her first two seasons at GSU under current UAB head coach Kerry Messersmith, prior to Messersmith leaving to coach the Blazers in 2006.
A native of Awendaw, S.C., Coleman earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from GSU in 2008 and was a member of the Dean's List, Southern Conference Honor Roll and President of the Student Athletic Advisory Board.