June 20, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas – Melissa Ferris has been promoted to associate head coach for Rice volleyball, the program announced on Friday. She has served as an assistant coach at Rice since arriving in 2004 with current head coach Genny Volpe.
“Melissa has been an extremely integral part of Rice volleyball for the past 10 years,” Volpe said. “Her loyalty to her job, the program, myself, and Rice University are second to none. I am happy to announce her promotion to associate head coach, as it is well deserved.”
During her tenure the Owls have been to the NCAA Tournament three times, after no appearances in the program’s first 30 years. She has helped an outside hitter to an All-C-USA selection nine times and helped three of those players to All-American honors.
Ferris also plays a major role in recruiting and is considered one of the best in the nation. The Owls’ recruiting class of 2005 was ranked 29th in the nation, in addition to the 2006, 2011, 2012, and 2013 classes receiving the highest honorable mention from PrepVolleyball.com.
A native of North Carolina, Ferris also served as an assistant coach at Wyoming and Texas State before coming to Rice. Ferris played at the University of Arizona where she was a four-year letterwinner and was named to the Pac-10 Conference All-Decade team in 1998.