The Lee University volleyball program and head coach Andrea Hudson have announced the addition of Bryan and Haleigh Carvalho to the Lady Flames' coaching staff for the 2016 season. Bryan will …
The Lee University volleyball program and head coach Andrea Hudson have announced the addition of Bryan and Haleigh Carvalho to the Lady Flames' coaching staff for the 2016 season. Bryan will serve as the assistant coach while his wife Haleigh will be the graduate assistant coach.
Bryan joins the staff with extensive experience in the volleyball coaching world having served two seasons as the first assistant with Azusa Pacific. His primary duties included recruiting and training with the Cougars.
In 2013 he joined the Cal State Bakersfield program and helped lead the Roadrunners to within one victory of the NCAA Division I National Tournament with a berth in the Western Athletic Conference finals. Prior to working at Cal State Bakersfield he served as the head coach at Bethel Baptist High School and taught history, earth science and physical education.
"Lee University volleyball is so blessed to get both Bryan and Haleigh," said veteran head coach Andrea Hudson, entering her 26th year as leader of the Lady Flames. "Bryan has a very successful coaching background in California and I think he will step in and do a wonderful job as our assistant coach. His knowledge of DII and expertise in skill teaching will be invaluable. The icing on the cake is his wife Haleigh. She played at such a high level and fresh out of college, she will bring some fresh ideas as well to our team. She is anxious to begin working with some of our players this fall."
When asked about what attracted him to Lee Bryan said, "This is a really special university with a great vision for athletics. I want to help bring the right kids into this program that are a great players but who also fit the mission of Lee.
"It was exciting to hit the ground running and be a part of the end of the spring practice session and get to meet the players," added Bryan. "I got a good sense of their strengths as players and personalities and got an idea of areas where we can focus on improving both mentally and physically. We are very excited to be a part of the great tradition of the Lee volleyball program and look forward to joining with Coach Hudson to bring the volleyball program to the front of the conference."
Haleigh joins the Lee staff with one season of collegiate coaching experience at Irvine Valley College (Calif.) after finishing up a storied playing career at Long Beach State University and Clemson University. At Long Beach State she earned a starting spot as true freshman and was named to the Big West Conference's all-freshman team. She later went on to be named an NCAA All-American and finished her career at Clemson where she joined the exclusion 1,000 kill club, ending with 1,002 career kills.
Bryan will focus on defense, serving, recruiting and will also work in helping to lead film study and developing game plans. Haleigh will work primarily with the outside hitters and middle blockers and will look to bring her vast experience as a player to help the Lady Flames.
"We are very excited to be able to work together at a place like Lee," said Haleigh. "We look forward to bringing in some new training techniques, working with the players and helping Lee take the next step in its great volleyball history."
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