Ashley Adams, a former standout volleyball player at Samford and Middle Tennessee, begins her first season on the UAB volleyball coaching staff as a volunteer assistant coach in 2009.
Adams wrapped up her four-year college career last fall at Samford by earning Southern Conference Player of the Year honors. An outside hitter, she finished her senior season with a .349 attack percentage and ranked 21st nationally with 4.21 kills per set on her way to AVCA All-Region recognition for the third time in her career.
She previously earned All-Region honors and honorable mention All-America honors twice at Middle Tennessee, where she starred for the Blue Raiders for three years from 2005-07. The Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a junior, Adams helped Middle Tennessee to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances, including a run to the Sweet 16 in 2007.
"Ashley was a great college player and will be a tremendous asset for our program," UAB head coach Kerry Messersmith said. "She is very intelligent and highly experienced, and our players will learn a lot about the game from her."
At Middle Tennessee, Adams was named to the All-Sun Belt First Team twice and was also selected as the Sun Belt Tournament MVP twice as she guided the Blue Raiders to the league tournament championship in both 2006 and 2007.
Adams ranks second all-time at Middle Tennessee with 1,455 kills and fourth all-time at the school with a .335 attack percentage. She finished her career with 1,880 total kills after posting 425 more as a senior at Samford.
The Columbus, Ohio, native completed her eligibility with the Bulldogs after graduating from Middle Tennessee is just three years. She enrolled at Samford's Cumberland School of Law, where she is currently studying.