Molly Alvey enters her first season
at the helm of the University of Southern Indiana volleyball program after
spending the last three seasons as an assistant with Temple University.
Alvey inherits a Screaming Eagles' program that has recorded four straight 20-win seasons and that has appeared in four consecutive conference championship matches. The Eagles were 21-9 overall (8-6 GLVC) in 2003 and return five starters.
“We are very excited to have someone of Molly’s qualifications come in to lead our successful volleyball program,” USI Director of Athletics Jon Mark Hall said. “She has been a part of great success at Temple and has learned under one of the top coaches in the country.”
As an assistant at Temple, Alvey helped lead the Owls to the Atlantic-10 Conference regular-season championship in 2003. She helped the Owls to both the A-10 regular-season and tournament championships in 2002 as well as an appearance in the NCAA Division I Sweet 16.
Prior to Temple, Alvey was a four-year starter and an All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference performer in both basketball and volleyball at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.
As a volleyball player, Alvey set the school’s all-time record for assists and was a three-year team captain. In basketball, she finished third in the nation (NCAA Division III) in three-point field goal percentage and helped lead the Colonels to the NCAA Division III Sweet 16.
“Molly has been successful as a student-athlete and a coach…bottom line, she is a winner,” Hall stated. “Her energy and drive will be contagious and the young women will respond to her positively.”
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Alvey graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Centre. She graduated with a master’s degree in international business administration from Temple.
Shannon Wells enters her first season as an assistant coach for the USI volleyball program. Wells will assist Head Coach Molly Alvey in all facets of the USI volleyball program.
Arguably one of the greatest players in USI volleyball history, Wells is
the Screaming Eagles’ all-time leader in career kills (1,866), service aces
(319), and digs (1,353). She also finished second in her career at USI in
attacking percentage (.285).
The three-time All-GLVC and All-Region performer led the Eagles to the 2002 GLVC Championship and a berth in the NCAA II Tournament, both firsts for the USI volleyball program.
Wells was named the GLVC Player of the Year as a senior in 2002 after leading the league in total kills (553), kills per game (4.81), total service aces (125), and service aces per game (1.09). She was second in the league as a senior in total digs (458), third in digs per game (3.98), and tied for 12th in attacking percentage (.284).
She was named the 2002-03 GLVC Paragon Award winner in May of 2003 and was the inaugural USI/Integra Bank Female Student Athlete of the Year in 2002-03.
Following her volleyball career, Wells played basketball for the Eagles where she averaged 10.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in two seasons. The Merrillville, Indiana, native helped lead the Eagles to a 20-10 mark in 2003-04 and a berth in the NCAA II Tournament.