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    Alan Edwards     
     
      Alan Edwards
Position:
Assistant Coach

Experience:
Third Season

Alma Mater:
Western Carolina (1999)

Entering his second season at Tennessee, Alan Edwards was named the program's recruiting coordinator in the summer of 2011 after serving as the the head coach at Iona from 2006-2010.

In his first season at UT, the Lady Vols soared to new heights. The Big Orange posted a winning percentage of .875, which is the second-highest mark in UT history. The squad won 28 matches, including 19 against the Southeastern Conference to earn the first outright conference championship in school history.

The Lady Vols advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and had four members of the team be named an All-American.

In his five years at Iona, Edwards led the Gaels to a 75-79 overall record and four appearances in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships.

While at the helm of the Gaels, he mentored one of the top defensive players in NCAA history in Allison Neiters. One of the best volleyball performers in Iona College and MAAC history, she shattered the Iona and conference career record for digs with 2,682, the fifth highest all-time total in the NCAA.

Neiters was named the 2007 and 2008 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year and 2009 MAAC Libero of the Year, as well as the league's Defensive Player of the Week 17 times during her career. She was also a three-time MAAC All-Academic Team and MAAC Honor Roll member, two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and earned Iona's Academic Merit Award for holding a 3.50 or above grade point average.

Edwards also coached three-time All-MAAC, and 1,000+ kill club member Sarah Wiener in her final three seasons along with the 2009 MAAC Rookie of the Year, Rachelle Wilson. Academically, the Gaels under Edwards have performed exceptionally well with more than three-fourths of his student-athletes eligible earning MAAC All-Academic or Academic Honor Roll distinction.

Edwards went to Iona after spending the 2005 season as an assistant at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA. His previous coaching experiences include a stint as an assistant at the University of Wyoming and as a head coach at Mercer University in Macon, GA.

In his only season at Wyoming, Edwards served as the Cowgirls' recruiting coordinator where his 2005 class was given a High Honorable Mention award by PrepVolleyball.com, ranking the school among the Top 50 recruiting classes in the country.

Prior to his stint at Wyoming, Edwards spent four seasons as head coach at Mercer. He posted a four-year record of 52-73 and guided the Bears to the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament for the first time since 1996. Edwards compiled an 11-29 record in A-Sun play and led Mercer to its most wins ever in conference play in 2003, going 7-3 and earning the No. 4 seed at the A-Sun Championship.

He took over the Mercer volleyball program in 2000 after the Bears had gone a combined 6-48 in the two years prior to his arrival.

A native of Brevard, NC, Edwards spent one season as an assistant at Troy State before accepting the Mercer position. Prior to his first collegiate position at TSU, the Western Carolina graduate spent the previous 10 seasons at the high school and club level. He guided Brevard High School to three consecutive state playoff appearances after inheriting a team that finished 4-16 the year before he arrived.

While in the high school ranks, Edwards was instrumental in bringing club volleyball to the Western North Carolina area. He helped found the Biltmore Volleyball club team in 1993 and worked with that squad until 1999.

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