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With the onset of the 2001 season, Prentice Lewis looks forward to her second year with the Gators. Lewis, one of the nation's marquee defensive players from the 1993 National Champion Long Beach State squad, was named assistant coach at Florida Jan. 25, 2000.

Perkins' role on the Florida staff includes team offensive coordinator, assisting in all areas of recruiting, staff liaison to the Office of Student Life, and team and summer camp coordination.

Perkins, who was the defensive coordinator and top assistant coach for the Oregon Ducks in 1999, has accumulated much success as a player and a coach. But, she is perhaps best known for her contribution to the 49ers National Championship squad on which she led the Big West Conference in service aces and went on to become the only defensive specialist selected to the U.S. Olympic Festival.

"We are fortunate to be able to bring someone of Prentice's caliber on staff," Wise said. "As a player, she's been where we want to go, to the national championship. As a coach, she has demonstrated the work ethic and knowledge required to be successful at this level."

After winning four Big West Championships at Long Beach State, Perkins received her bachelor's degree in arts and history in December 1995 and received the school's Scholar Athlete of the Year award in 1993. During her final semester at LBSU, Perkins coached the Newport Harbor High School (Newport Beach, Calif.) junior varsity team to the Santa Barbara High School J.V. Championship Title. She returned to her alma mater and earned her California Teaching Certification in 1996.

Upon graduation, she was the top assistant at UC-Irvine until March 1999. On her last two assignments, Perkins also was responsible for recruiting, scouting, travel arrangements, scheduling, summer clinics coordination and fundraising. Additionally, Perkins taught physical education at UC-Irvine for three years and has been an instructor at several volleyball camps.

Perkins was married to Jeff Lewis July 29, 2000. The couple live in Gainesville.

Perkins’ Career at a Glance
Year Position School
2000-present Assistant Coach University of Florida
1999 First Assistant Coach Oregon
1996-99 First Assistant Coach UC-Irvine
1995 Head JV Coach/Assistant Varsity Coach Newport Harbor H.S.
Alma Mater: Long Beach State ‘95



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