DAVIS, Calif. - A former Big West Conference Freshman of the Year and a professional player for the past decade, Ali McColloch joins the UC Davis coaching staff as the university’s first head beach volleyball coach, announced Director of Women’s Volleyball Dan Conners. McColloch will begin her appointment on July 2.“We are thrilled to bring Ali in as our head beach volleyball coach,” said Conners. “She has the coaching experience and depth of knowledge of the beach volleyball world to enhance our ability to compete in the Big West. Ali fits well into the UC Davis athletics culture that values growth of our student-athletes not only through athletics but also prioritizes their growth academically and personally. She stands to serve as a valuable mentor to the young women in our program.” McColloch coached at Wave Volleyball Club from the 2011 through 2014, then more recently with the Viper VBC. In 2016, she and her husband, Kevin, founded Viper Beach Volleyball, which has seen 50 percent annual growth since its inception and has directly impacted the market for beach volleyball in the Temecula area. “I am thrilled and honored to be joining the UC Davis athletic staff,” said McColloch. “I am really excited to grow collegiate beach volleyball while representing the rich traditions of UC Davis. I cannot wait to get on campus, meet the athletes and start this whole process. It’s a very exciting time to be a part of beach volleyball and I couldn’t imagine a more reputable place to help build a program.” Formerly Ali Daley, McColloch played her collegiate volleyball at Long Beach State, where she made the All-Big West first team and garnered the conference’s top freshman honors in 2005. She then transferred to UCLA, where she earned All-Pac-10 Conference honorable mention (2007) and capped her career with a selection to the 2008 NCAA Austin Regional all-tournament team. The Grass Valley and Nevada Union High School product also achieved the rare feat of amassing more than 1,000 kills (1,112) and 1,000 digs (1,026) in her career – despite just three seasons with the Bruins. McColloch’s professional playing career began with Las Caribes in Puerto Rico, for which she was named team captain; then in Spain for the Division A1 Gran Canarias squad. She made her beach debut in 2012, notching a seventh-place finish at the National Volleyball League Santa Monica tournament with Oregon alumna Jaclyne Jallos. McColloch joined the AVP Pro Beach Tour in 2013, posting ninth-place showings in Salt Lake City and Huntington Beach. She has since enjoyed third-place finishes on the AVP tour in each of the 2014, 2015 and 2016 seasons; plus a pair of NORCECA wins in Guatemala City and Tamarindo in 2016. During her pro career, McColloch completed her bachelor’s degree in sociology at UCLA, then added a paralegal certificate from San Diego in 2017. UC Davis announced the addition of beach volleyball as one of two new women’s sports, effective in the 2018-19 school year. For more information on that expansion, visit www.ucdavisaggies.com/genrel/041318aab.html.
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