Volleyball Staff

Hannah Long

Hannah Long

Title: Head Volleyball Coach

Phone: (704) 688-2808

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Hannah Long  is in her inaugural season as head coach of the volleyball program. She joins the Royals from Southwestern University where she served as the program's head coach since 2004.

While at Southwestern, Long built the program to a 362-93 overall record which included three conference titles in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC). She was named SCAC Coach of the Year four-times while claiming the American Volleyball Coaches Association's South Region Coach of the Year in 2009. As she helped to raise the team to a Top 25 division III program, Long produced nine AVCA All-American nods and five SCAC player of the year recipients.

Long's vision for the program brought the Pirates to a NCAA Regional Tournament on 10 different occasions across her 13 year span as head coach.  The team reached the regional semifinals six different times with her latest coming in 2013. She would reach the regional finals match, twice.

Prior to Southwestern, Long worked as an assistant coach at Western Oregon University and Portland State University. A player herself, Long was a two-sport athlete while at Portland State playing for both the school's volleyball and basketball team. For volleyball, she served time as team captain in addition to making both the Big Sky all-conference team and the all-academic team. She earned the nod as the school's Female Athlete of the Year in 1999 and the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1998.

Long has a master's degree in educational administration from Texas A&M and a bachelor's degree from Portland State in mathematics and communication.

Sondra Parys

Sondra Parys

Title: Assistant Volleyball Coach

Phone: (704) 688-2808

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Parys joins the Royals after serving as an assistant coach for the Citadel this past season. While with the Citadel Bulldogs, Parys held dual roles with an off-the-court focus on academic advising as a university graduate assistant. On the court, her focus and expertise helped increase game knowledge and player awareness. Her experience also helped the team reach new statistical levels as she worked to develop the offense.

In addition to coaching a Division I program in the Citadel, Parys helped develop high school athletes in Charleston, S.C. As a head coach and recruiting coordinator for the Charleston Juniors Volleyball Club, Parys created strength, conditioning and skills clinics that focused on moving her athletes to the college level.

A player of the game, Parys was a four year letter winner for the University of Toledo's volleyball team. Additionally she claimed an academic award three of her four years. She was named to the Mid-American Conference All-Freshman team, All-Tournament Most Valuable Player for the University of Louisville Tournament, and made the freshman all-conference team and all-tournament team. Her freshman year she ranked eighth in the conference with 3.32 kills per set.

Parys holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in communication from Toledo in addition to graduating in August of 2016 with a Masters of Education from the Citadel.

 
 
 
 
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