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Volleyball adds director of operations
UAB volleyball head coach Kerry Messersmith on Friday announced the addition of Judy Green to the Blazers’ staff and named Bailey Coleman head sand volleyball coach.
Green, a 27-year coaching veteran, will serve as Director of Operations for UAB on Monday. She comes to UAB after three years as the head volleyball coach at Birmingham-Southern College. There, she led the Panthers to three-straight winning seasons, including a 21-9 finish in 2013.
“We couldn’t be more excited that Judy is joining our Blazer family,” said Messersmith. “Her personality and 25-plus years experience as a head collegiate coach make her a perfect fit for thisjob. Her strong ties in the state of Alabama and Birmingham are going to be invaluable. She has some great ideas and is definitely going to bring excitement to UAB volleyball. I can’t wait to see where she takes this position.”
Prior to Birmingham-Southern, she spent 15 years as head coach at the University of Alabama, where she amassed a 237-234 record. She announced her retirement from the program before the 2010 season.
At Alabama, Green’s first recruiting class posted a 22-8 record as seniors that went on to win the program’s first-ever SEC Western Division title in 2000. Her team won a second SEC West title in 2004, and saw three consecutive NCAA Championship appearances in 2005, 2006 and 2007. In 2008, Green collected her 600th career victory, ranking her 16th among active coaches for all-time wins.
In 1986, Green landed her first head coaching position at the University of Montevallo, where she took the Falcons to 10 straight NAIA national tournament appearances, including a fourth-place finish in 1988 and a fifth-place finish in 1994 with a 50-5 record.
While at Montevallo, Green was named 1993 National Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, and was also namedNAIA South Region Coach of the Year and Southeast Region Coach of the Year during her tenure. She coached 26 NAIA/AVCA All-Americans, 38 NAIA All-District players, 11 NAIA All-Southeast Region players, and eight NAIA District Player of the Year at Montevallo.
Along with the addition of Green, Messersmith said Coleman, who serves as an assistant volleyball coach for the Blazers, will head up the sand program for the 2014 season.
“Bailey came into our volleyball family at a very difficult time and I couldn’t have asked for a better assistant for our indoor program,” Messersmith remarked. “She has proven to be a great leader and role model for our student-athletes and will make a tremendous head sand coach. Bailey will be wearing two hats, as she will continue to serve as an assistant for indoor. It’s a lot to ask of a young coach but I believe Bailey has what it takes to get both jobs done at a very high level.”
During her two seasons with UAB, she has helped guide the team to two-straight 20-win seasons. She joined the Blazers staff after twoyears as an assistant coach at the University of Montevallo.
A 2008 graduate of Georgia Southern, Coleman was a standout player for the Eagles. She led the team in digs and digs per set as libero her senior season.