Dailey has spent the last three years on the East Tennessee coaching staff after a standout collegiate playing career at Iowa. As a former setter herself, she will primarily be working with that position.
"We are very excited to add such a talented, hardworking and experienced setting coach in Nikki,” Patrick said. “She is definitely one of the outstanding young female coaches in our sport. Nikki will have her hands in all phases of our volleyball program including primary responsibilities of working with our setters. I am looking forward to having Nikki's positive energy in the gym and she adds another great mentor and role model for our student-athletes to learn from."
In addition to working with setters, Dailey will also direct summer camps, serve as academic and community service liaison and supervise team managers.
“I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to be at Tennessee,” Dailey said. “What brought me here is the level of commitment and achievement the entire community of Tennessee embodies.
“The culture of Tennessee volleyball is largely a product of Rob’s achievements and dedication to this program and community. The successful history of Tennessee volleyball grouped with the vision Rob has for its direction is what I’m most excited about. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to add my personality and perspective to a program already built on phenomenal leadership with high expectations.”
ETSU is coming off a banner 2016 season, in which the Buccaneers went 22-8 overall and 11-5 in the Southern Conference to win the program’s first regular-season title since 1991. Senior Briana Allmon was named the SoCon Player of the Year after
As an assistant coach at ETSU, Dailey primarily helped develop the setters and offense. She also had strong roles in recruiting and video analysis, in addition to coordinating all camps. During her tenure, ETSU posted winning seasons all three years and compiled a 58-36 record.
As a setter for Iowa, she finished her four-year career ranked fifth in program history with 3,161 assists. She made 105 starts for the Hawkeyes and also ranked 14th in career aces (95) and 15th in digs (1,049).
A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dailey earned her undergraduate degree in health sciences and communication studies from Iowa in 2014. She also received a masters in sport management from ETSU.