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WHITTIER, Calif. – Whittier College Executive Director of Athletics Robert Coleman announced this week that Ali Oliver has resigned her position as Head Coach of the volleyball program.
"We very much appreciate Ali's dedication and commitment to our student-athletes, the athletic program as a whole and to Whittier College throughout her six years as our head coach."
During her time with Whittier, Oliver led the Poets to a 48-112 record in her six year tenure for a .428 win percentage. Her best season came last year in 2011 when her squad posted a 13-19 overall record and an 8-6 SCIAC record earning a trip to the SCIAC Post Season tournament for the first time since the tournament originated back in 2005.
This record was also the second best record posted by any volleyball team in Whittier College history since 2009. During her time at Whittier she hit numerous milestones including:
1) Sweeping the University of Redlands and University of La Verne (1st Time in Ali's Tenure) - 2011
2) SCIAC Post Season Tournament Appearance (1st Time in the programs history)
3) Beating Pomona-Pitzer and Occidental College (2011) - (1st time in Ali's tenure)
In her six years with the Purple & Gold she has seen three athletes earn All-SCIAC recognition including Shanell McMillan, Alayna Rigo, and Alyssa Sialaris (2x), while seeing Rigo earn All-Academic honors in 2011. Also for the first time in the volleyball history books Sialaris earned All-West Regional honors along with being named an Honorable Mention All-American for her outstanding achievements on the court this year.
This past year Oliver saw Sialaris and Rigo shatter the single season kills record by tallying 444 and 413 kills, each respectively and they are now No. 1 and No. 2 in the Whittier College record books. She also saw Sialaris earn SCIAC Athlete of the Week Honors twice back in 2011 and again this year in 2012.
"She was super passionate for the volleyball program and her kids. She certainly elevated our program in the right direction and we hope to continue where she left off," Coleman stated.