WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Former Rice associate head coach Melissa Ferris was named the head volleyball of William & Mary, the school announced on Wednesday.
Ferris spent the past 12 seasons with the Rice volleyball program and joined head coach Genny Volpe on the sidelines in 2004, first serving as an assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach in 2014. During her tenure the Owls went 221-150 (.596), made three NCAA Tournament appearances and claimed the school’s first-ever Conference USA title in 2009.
This past season the Owls won 20 games for the fifth time in Ferris’ stint with the Owls and defeated two Top-25 programs (Colorado, WKU) in a single-season for the first time in school history.
“We are so happy to see Melissa start a new chapter in her coaching career,” Rice head coach Genny Volpe said. “She has been an integral part of our success and will no doubt take William & Mary volleyball to new heights. I want to thank Melissa for all of her hard work, dedication, and loyalty to the Rice volleyball program and to myself for the last 12 years.”
Ferris’ responsibilities included coaching the outside hitters and led the Owls recruiting front. Prior to Rice, Ferris coached at Wyoming and Texas State and will embark upon her new journey at William & Mary with a career record of 343-218 (.611).