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Molly Alvey was named the 12th head coach in the 40-year history of University of Cincinnati volleyball on Feb. 15, 2012.
In 2012, during her first year at the helm of the program, Alvey led Cincinnati to a fifth-place finish in the BIG EAST standings and its eighth consecutive bid to the BIG EAST Championship where it advanced to the semifinal round for the fourth straight year. Alvey guided her team through a tough schedule, playing 11 matches against teams ranked in the top-25 of the AVCA Coaches' poll, and two others against teams receiving votes.
In her first season, Alvey tutored senior All-American Jordanne Scott, who was a unanimous pick to the All-BIG EAST First Team, as well as the AVCA All-Northeast Region First Team and the AVCA All-America Honorable Mention team.
Before coming to Cincinnati, Alvey spent two seasons as head coach at Houston, leading the Cougars to a 38-24 overall record and mentoring 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America selection Lucy Charuk. She also spent the 2004 season as the head coach at the University of Southern Indiana, leading the Screaming Eagles to Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) regular-season and tournament titles en route to the program's second-ever NCAA Division II national championship tournament berth.
Alvey's 2011 Cougars were ranked as high as 38th in the AVCA RPI and placed four members on the all-conference teams. She guided Houston to a third-place finish in Conference USA in 2010 with a 13-7 record. It was the program's first top-three finish since 2005 and the 13 C-USA wins were also the most in league play since 1999. In addition, Alvey tutored all-C-USA first-team selections Charuk and Chandace Tryon. Charuk went on to be named an AVCA All-America honorable mention selection while earning a spot as an AVCA all-region selection. She also earned a spot on the Canadian national team during the summer of 2010. Not only did Alvey have success on the court in her first season at UH, but she also guided the program to a 3.37 GPA during the 2010-11 academic year, the highest departmental GPA and the best in program history. The squad also earned the AVCA team academic award.
Prior to Houston, Alvey spent five seasons at the University of Mississippi, including the final two seasons as associate head coach. She began her career at Temple in 2001 where she spent three seasons as a graduate assistant coach.
During her five-year tenure at Ole Miss, Alvey was part of a coaching staff that guided Ole Miss to a pair of NCAA national championship tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007. In that time, Alvey was responsible for coaching two-time All-Southeastern Conference setter Rachel Kieckhaefer who also picked up all-region honorable mention honors as a junior. She also played a part in developing All-SEC selection Jaclyn Toohey as well as SEC all-freshman selections Jackie Jones, Regina Thomas and Whitney Craven. As recruiting coordinator, Alvey helped secure the nation's 23rd-ranked recruiting class in 2009.
In 2006, the Rebels advanced to the NCAA national championship tournament for the first time in program history while tying the school record for conference wins in a season with 10. Ole Miss then advanced to the NCAA tournament for a second-straight season in 2007 with a 25-9 mark on the year and a record-setting 14 wins in SEC play. The Rebels finished third in the league and second in the western division that season while posting the first 20-win season since 1989.
During her lone season at Southern Indiana, Alvey led the Screaming Eagles to a 24-7 regular-season finish, claiming the GLVC regular-season title with a 15-1 conference record. Southern Indiana then stormed through the conference tournament to earn the program's second-ever NCAA Division II tournament berth, advancing to the second round. In her time at USI, Alvey coached two all-region selections and the program's second All-America selection, Laura Ellerbusch.
During her three years at Temple, Alvey was part of a program that posted an overall record of 72-25 (.742), claimed an Atlantic 10 Conference championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament in 2002. The Owls finished as A-10 runners-up in 2001 and 2003. Alvey was also a part of a staff that coached A-10 Player of the Year Xu Yun in 2002 and two-time A-10 Setter of the Year Allison Runk in 2002 and 2003. The Owls featured eight first-team all-conference selections during her tenure.
Alvey played volleyball and basketball at Centre College in Danville, Ky., earning her bachelor's degree in economics in 2001. Alvey lettered all four seasons as a setter for the volleyball team and held the school's career record for assists with 4,340. She helped her team to an 82-59 overall record during her career, earning all-conference honors as a junior and senior.
Alvey also played basketball for Centre and was an all-conference selection at point guard as a senior. She holds the single-season three-point percentage record at .456.