Holy Names University’s Director of Athletics, Dennis Jones announced today the appointment of Allison Oliver as the Head Women’s Volleyball Coach.
“I am elated to welcome Coach Oliver to the HNU Athletics and the Holy Names University Community, as the new leader of our women’s volleyball program. We had an excellent pool of candidates and Ali clearly emerged as the perfect fit for HNU, embodying everything we were looking for in our next head coach; experience at the college level, direct NCAA experience, strong recruiting ties in the west, and exceptional character and leadership qualities. She will bring a new level of passion and excitement to the program, assuring HNU Volleyball will be a force to reckon with for years to come,” stated Jones.
An accomplished volleyball player and now coach, Oliver played for Cerritos College from 1996-97 and led them to a share of the South Coast Conference title as a sophomore. She was a two-time 1st Team All-South Coast Conference selection, while earning All-Southern California honors as a sophomore and was the state’s top-ranked hitter her freshman season. Oliver, (formerly Ali Carey) then received a full athletic scholarship to Southeastern Louisiana University and finished third among all NCAA Division I players in service aces as a junior. She then transferred to Sonoma State University where she received another athletic scholarship and was named their Most Valuable Player and Team Captain as a senior.
A graduate of San Gabriel High School, Oliver started her career by being a four-time 1st Team All-Almont League selection, while earning the league’s Most Valuable Player honors two consecutive seasons. She was also named 1st Team All CIF in both her junior and senior campaigns. Oliver completed her playing career with two European Exposure Tours during the summer of 2003 and winter of 2004 and is an AA-rated beach volleyball player.
Oliver comes to HNU from Whittier College, where she served as the head women’s volleyball coach for the past six seasons. Oliver’s volleyball coaching career started in 1997 when she was the head coach of a 14′s team for Huntington Beach Volleyball Club and has coached all levels of volleyball since then. She served as the coach at Holy Ghost (LA) Junior High (1998), Redwood High School (Marin County) JV girls and Varsity boys (2000-02), Marin Juniors Volleyball Club girls 16’s and boys 18′s (2000-01) and girls and boys 18’s (2001-02), Creekside Middle School (2001-02), Napa Valley College assistant coach (2002-03), Napa Sonoma Volleyball Club girls and boys 18’s (2002-03), Cypress College assistant coach (2003), Beach Cities Volleyball Club 15’s (2004), Cerritos College Women’s co-head coach (2005 – 2006), Cerritos College Men’s club head coach (2005 – 2006), Whittier College Men’s club head coach (2010 – 2012) and Pasadena City College assistant coach (2010). She also created the Plus Volleyball Academy, formerly Smack Volleyball Club, in 2005 and has served as the club’s director since its inception. She has coached the club’s top 18′s team for the past 8 years and has also coached 14′s and 15′s during various seasons.
Oliver also serves as a beach volleyball trainer, with experience running classes and camps in Manhattan and Hermosa Beach. Ali has an AA in Speech, a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Education with an Emphasis in Kinesiology. She hopes to continue her coaching and teaching career for as long as possible and eventually work on a Doctorate in Sports Psychology.
She lives with her husband, Chris Oliver former Sonoma State University student-athlete (basketball) alumni and their daughters Samantha and Alexandra.