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20070327 Allison Napier Named Assistant Volleyball Coach(1)
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/27/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><A name=OLE_LINK2></A><A name=OLE_LINK1></A><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Tucson</SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN></st1:City><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">, <st1:State w:st="on">Ariz.</st1:State> ? </SPAN></B></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Former Arizona volleyball player Allison Napier has been named as an assistant coach to the Wildcat volleyball staff, head coach Dave Rubio announced Tuesday.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Napier, a four-year letterwinner at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> 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.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">&ldquo;Allison&rsquo;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,&rdquo; Rubio said.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;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.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She is the perfect addition to have on our staff.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Napier ended her career at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> with 1,008 kills in 110 matches, averaging 2.86 kills and 1.55 digs per game over four seasons as an outside hitter.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>She helped lead <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> to a Sweet 16 appearance in 1999 as a junior, and the school&rsquo;s first Elite Eight finish her senior season in 2000 as a First Team All-Pac-10 honoree.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>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.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">&ldquo;It is more than a privilege to be a part of this coaching staff,&rdquo; Napier said.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;I love the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType> of <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Arizona</st1:PlaceName></st1:place> and I am really excited to be back.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>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.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">After her playing days at <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State>, Napier played professionally in <st1:place w:st="on">Puerto Rico</st1:place> during the 2001 season for Indias Mayaguez, and was selected as an All-Star.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></SPAN></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK1"><SPAN style="mso-bookmark: OLE_LINK2"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Napier earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from UA in 2002, and spent two years working for ELLE Magazine in <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">New York</st1:place></st1:State> as a publishing assistant.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Before taking over as an assistant coach at <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>, Napier was the public relations coordinator for TSE Cashmere.</SPAN></SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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