CARBONDALE, IL (siusalukis.com) - Southern Illinois University Director of Athletics Mario Moccia announced today the hiring of Justin Ingram as head coach of Saluki women's volleyball.
"After an extensive search with a diverse and knowledgeable screening committee, we are confident we have found the right individual to take over our volleyball program," Moccia said. "Coach Ingram has had success at every place he has coached. We feel it is a coup to get someone who has coached in nine NCAA Tournaments and an individual that was named the Sun Belt Coach of the Year last season."
The seventh coach in Saluki volleyball history, Ingram brings 13 years of Division I coaching experience to Carbondale. He spent the last three years as the head coach at Arkansas State, where he led the Red Wolves to an overall record of 60-33.
Last season, Ingram led Arkansas State to a 21-10 record and the team's third-consecutive Sun Belt West Division title, earning Sun Belt Coach of the Year honors. Ingram's tenure in Jonesboro, Ark., saw Red Wolves players earn seven All-Conference selections, including the 2009 and 2010 Sun Belt Defensive Players of the Year.
"I am honored to be named head coach of the Saluki volleyball program," Ingram said. "After visiting, I was taken back by the incredible facilities, level of support shown by the entire athletic administration and the Saluki pride throughout the community. SIU is located within a talented volleyball region and I look forward to continued success in attracting elite athletes to this incredible university."
Prior to Arkansas State, Ingram spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at Kansas State, where he served as the Wildcats' recruiting coordinator and offensive coordinator. During his time in Manhattan, Kan., K-State posted a 171-79 record, made seven NCAA Tournament appearances and posted seven 20-win seasons.