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Allison Napier Named Assistant Volleyball Coach
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 27, 2007
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Tucson, Ariz. ?- Former Arizona volleyball player Allison Napier has been named as an assistant coach to the Wildcat volleyball staff, head coach Dave Rubio announced Tuesday. 


Napier, a four-year letterwinner at Arizona from 1997-00, joins Rubio and assistant coach Chris Gonzalez to complete the coaching staff, and will assume an active role in recruiting and the day-to-day team operations both on and off the court.


“Allison’s presence on our coaching staff will pay dividends not only with her ability to recruit, but also in establishing close relationships with our players,” Rubio said.  “One of the benefits of having Allison as a coach is that she can relate her experiences as a former Wildcat to our current players.  She is the perfect addition to have on our staff.”


Napier ended her career at Arizona with 1,008 kills in 110 matches, averaging 2.86 kills and 1.55 digs per game over four seasons as an outside hitter.  She helped lead Arizona to a Sweet 16 appearance in 1999 as a junior, and the school’s first Elite Eight finish her senior season in 2000 as a First Team All-Pac-10 honoree.  She led the Wildcats in 2000 with 440 kills and a 4.04 kills per game average, the fifth best single season mark in school history.


“It is more than a privilege to be a part of this coaching staff,” Napier said.  “I love the University of Arizona and I am really excited to be back.  I am looking forward to working with our players and using my volleyball and work experiences to help them on and off the court by giving them someone they can talk to and relate to.”


After her playing days at Arizona, Napier played professionally in Puerto Rico during the 2001 season for Indias Mayaguez, and was selected as an All-Star.


Napier earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from UA in 2002, and spent two years working for ELLE Magazine in New York as a publishing assistant.  Before taking over as an assistant coach at Arizona, Napier was the public relations coordinator for TSE Cashmere.