|Luresa Forsythe -
Luresa Forsythe joined the UAB volleyball program in 2006 after successful stints at Georgia Southern and Georgia. Forsythe adds years of knowledge and experience to the Blazer staff, both as a former player and well-tenured coach.
In her first season with the Blazers in 2006, Forsythe helped lead the program to its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and Conference USA Tournament title. Forsythe used her playing experience as a defensive standout to mentor UAB libero Brianna Galvin, who set the UAB single-season digs record with 592 in 2006.
Forsythe spent the 2005 season as an assistant coach at Georgia Southern where she served as the recruiting coordinator and worked with a squad that
finished with a 21-11 record. While in Statesboro, she handled all aspects of scouting and helped put the finishing touches on a great tenure under then Georgia Southern and current UAB head coach Kerry Messersmith.
Prior to her appointment at Georgia Southern, Forsythe worked as a student assistant at Georgia under Mary Buczek. There, she worked with the outside hitters and defensive specialists, helping lead Georgia to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 10 years.
She also boasts five years of head coaching experience while working with the Georgia Juniors Volleyball Club in Athens.
A four-year letterwinner at Georgia, Forsythe was named team captain for both the 2002 and 2003 seasons. A prolific defensive player, she led the team in digs for three straight years and ranks fifth all-time on Georgia's career digs list. She was named to the 2003 SEC Good Works Team and was named to the UGA Athletic Director's Honor Roll for six semesters.
Forsythe competed at Mt. Carmel HS in Wichita, Kan., and recieved numerous accolades during her high school career. She was named the 1998 and 1999 Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year as well as the Colorado Crossroads National Qualifier MVP in 1996.