Dabbs Named Volleyball Assistant|
May 2, 2011
CINCINNATI – Former Appalachian State University volleyball assistant coach Samantha Dabbs has been hired to a similar position at the University of Cincinnati, head coach Reed Sunahara announced Monday.
“We are excited to have Sam join our staff. She will bring added energy and competitiveness to what we’ve established here at Cincinnati,” Sunahara said. “She has a good knowledge of the BIG EAST from her playing experience. I think Sam is one of the up-and-coming young coaches who has a bright future in this profession and will help develop our setters."
Dabbs joins the Cincinnati staff after coaching at Appalachian State during the 2010 season. She fills the void created when Erin Virtue left the program to take a position at University of Michigan.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Dabbs enjoyed a successful playing career as a setter after completing her final two seasons of eligibility at Louisiana State University following two years at University of Louisville.
"I'm very excited to be a part of the Cincinnati volleyball program and for the opportunity to learn from two well respected coaches such as Reed and Myanna (Hellsten),” Dabbs said.
Dabbs was named a 2009 AVCA All-South Region Honorable Mention, as well as All-Southeastern Conference First Team and All-Louisiana First Team selections following her senior season at LSU when she averaged 11.33 assists per set, which ranked second in the SEC and 18th in the NCAA.
“In my volleyball career, I was fortunate to have coaches that pushed me to be successful as both a student and an athlete,” added Dabbs. “I believe that is what Bearcat volleyball stands for – success on and off the court. It's a program I'm very proud to be a part of."
As a junior in 2008, Dabbs ranked fifth in the SEC in assists and was selected to the All-Louisiana Sports Writers Association Second Team and named the LSWA Newcomer of the Year. She recorded a triple-double in her LSU debut with 48 assists, 10 kills and 14 digs against Texas A&M.
Prior to her two years at LSU, Dabbs led Louisville in assists as a freshman and sophomore and helped the Cardinals to a No. 17 ranking in 2007. She spent that summer competing with USA Volleyball's A2 Junior National team, which played in Croatia where it defeated Italy to become the first American team to win the Global Challenge in its three years of existence.
Hailing from Winston Churchill High School, Dabbs was ranked as the No. 22 recruit in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com. She was named the Texas Outstanding Setter of the Year and earned three bronze medals and helped win a National Title in the Open Division in the USAV Junior Olympics.