Oneonta Sports Information Department
Oneonta Director of Athletics Tracey Ranieri announced today the hire of Ashley Coyle as the head coach of the women's volleyball program. Coyle earned the nod after spending the last 15 months as the interim coach.
Last fall under Coyle's direction, the Red Dragons finished 14-18 and solidified a berth into the 2017 SUNYAC tournament. In the classroom, the team earned 2017 AVCA Team Academic honors and eight players received the 2017-2018 SUNYAC Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll.
"I want to extend my thanks and appreciation to Tracey Ranieri, Associate Athletic Director Ryan Hooper, and the search committee for granting me the opportunity to lead the SUNY Oneonta volleyball program," stated Coyle. "In the time I've spent on campus, I've sensed a lot of positive energy and I see immense potential in this program. SUNY Oneonta is an amazing place to call home and I feel extremely proud to be at a place that honors competitive excellence, academic achievement, and a commitment to community and service."
Coyle joined the coaching staff at SUNY Oneonta in March of 2017 after spending two seasons as the assistant volleyball coach at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. Previously, she was an assistant with St. Lawrence University for two years (2013-15).
At both the Coast Guard Academy and St. Lawrence, Coyle was actively involved in all aspects of the volleyball program. At both stops, Coyle coached All-Conference, All-Region and All-American players. While at St. Lawrence, she also served as an assistant compliance officer for the Saints' Division I men's and women's ice hockey programs.
Coyle is no stranger to the SUNYAC Conference having played at SUNY Cortland where she was a highly decorated student athlete. During her four-year career, Coyle was a part of a program that recorded an overall winning percentage of .838 contributing to a combined record of 140-27. Her tenure was highlighted by a 42-2 season and an NCAA Elite Eight appearance in 2011 where she led the Red Dragons with 3.29 kills/set, 71 service aces, and 3.31 digs/set. She finished her career with 1,803 kills (2nd in school history), 1,778 digs (4th in school history), and 614 single season kills during her sophomore season (1st in school history).
Coyle's list of awards includes being a three-time AVCA All-American, a First Team All-Conference player three times and three-time SUNYAC conference champion. She was the SUNYAC East Division Player of the Year twice and was named to the conference tournament All-Tournament Team including being the MVP in 2011. Also, in 2011, Coyle was selected as the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Regional Tournament after leading the Red Dragons to the title to advance to the national quarterfinal. Along with her on court accomplishments, Coyle earned a spot on the Dean's List in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Coyle is originally from Orange County, New York and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from SUNY Cortland and her Master of Education in Educational Leadership from St. Lawrence University.