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The Gators have added Shannon Wells to their 2014 coaching staff.

Thursday January 23, 2014Florida Volleyball Adds Shannon Wells to 2014 Coaching Staff

The Gators have added Shannon Wells to their 2014 coaching staff.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The University of Florida volleyball program has added former Ole Miss associate head coach Shannon Wells to its coaching staff, announced Thursday by UF head coach Mary Wise. Wells will join the Gators as an assistant coach and UF’s recruiting coordinator. Wells replaces former Florida assistant coach Sally Polhamus, who was named head coach at Georgia State.


“When Sally accepted the position at Georgia State, the first person we thought of was Shannon Wells,” Wise remarked. “Her talents are evident in the way she coaches and recruits. Shannon will make a great addition to the Gator Volleyball family and we are thrilled she is joining us.”


No stranger to the Southeastern Conference, Wells arrives in Gainesville after most recently serving as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for the Rebels in 2013, and prior to her promotion to associate head coach as a three-year assistant coach at Ole Miss. Before her time on the Rebels’ coaching staff, Wells spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Winthrop Eagles of the Big South Conference under Polhamus.


“I am extremely excited and honored to be a part of the Gator family,” Wells said. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for what Mary has built at Florida and for Dave’s contributions during his time here. I look forward to working with both of them and this talented team to bring a national championship to Gainesville.” 


 Before heading to Winthrop in 2007, Wells began her coaching career at her alma mater, the University of Southern Indiana, as an assistant coach before operating as a graduate assistant for two years at Morehead State in 2005 and 2006.


An alumna of USI, Wells played four seasons and helped lead her team to 87 wins over that time span - including a school record 27 wins in the 2000 campaign. She ranks first all-time at USI in service aces and kills for her career. A two-time selection as the Great Lakes Valley Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year, Wells was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team in 2002 and was a three time GLVC All-Academic team selection.


For her accomplishments in college, Wells was just the second volleyball player to be inducted into the USI Hall of Fame in February 2013.



At Ole Miss: During her time at Ole Miss, Wells played a significant role in the development of a number of different Rebel volleyball student-athletes who have successfully re-written the Ole Miss record books. Wells mentored 2013 senior outside hitter Kara Morgan – who finished in the top six in school history in career kills, aces, and digs – during her four-year college career.


As the Ole Miss offensive coordinator in 2012, Wells tutored setter Amanda Philpot to a single-season school record assists, and as the defensive coordinator for the Rebels in 2010 & 2011, Wells helped guide libero Morgan Springer to the first and third-place spots in the record book for single-season digs en route to being Ole Miss’ all-time dig leader. Springer additionally holds the top spot for career service aces in school history.


As the Ole Miss recruiting coordinator, Wells reeled in five Rebel student-athletes in Morgan, Aubrey Edie, Ty Laporte, Nakeyta Clair and Kristen Brashear who have worked their way on to Ole Miss’ top-10 lists in kills, digs, assists & blocks under Wells’ tutelage, four of those athletes still underclassmen.


Wells helped lead the Rebels to the 2010 NCAA Tournament, coached two SEC All-Freshman Team members, a USA A2 squad member and two-time All-American Regina Thomas during her time in Oxford.


At Winthrop: In her three seasons at Winthrop, Wells helped lead the Eagles to a conference championship and a 20-win season. She helped guide Winthrop to the Big South Championship in 2007 when the Eagles captured a share of the regular season title with an 11-1 mark in conference play. She also worked with Big South Player of the Year Shannon Sitzmann as the Eagles finished 20-11 on the season.


In 2009, the Eagles finished 19-11 overall and 11-5 in Big South play while producing yet another Big South Player of the Year selection in Kelley Taylor.


At Morehead State: Prior to joining the Winthrop staff, Wells spent two seasons (2005, 2006) as a graduate assistant at Morehead State for the 2005 and 2006 seasons. In her time at Morehead State, Wells helped the program improve from a 6-26 mark in 2005 to a 21-13 record in 2006.


At Southern Indiana: Before moving to Morehead State, Wells served as an assistant coach at the University of Southern Indiana for one season (2004) under then USI head coach Molly Alvey. During her season at USI, Wells helped coach the squad to a 15-1 record in 2004 and the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) regular season title. The squad also claimed the Tournament title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.


She also helped develop two All-Region selections and the program's second All-America selection in Laura Ellerbusch.

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