Aug. 6, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- UAB volleyball head coach Kerry Messersmith recently announced the hiring of new assistant indoor and sand volleyball coach Bailey Coleman for the upcoming 2012 season.
“Bailey is a go-getter and is really going to help our staff in both indoor and sand,” Messersmith said. “She lives to coach volleyball and is a great addition to our program and we are excited to have her be apart of UAB volleyball.”
Coleman comes to Birmingham from the University of Montevallo, where she spent the previous 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.
“Bailey is really going to help us with recruiting, which one of the biggest areas we’ve needed assistance in since adding sand volleyball,” Messersmith said. “We needed to free up some of our coaches on our current staff to go out and recruit while the sand season is going on.
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.