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Welcome Yavapai College’s New Head Volleyball Coach

 Chelsey Lucas Named Yavapai College’s Head Volleyball Coach

The Yavapai College athletics department is excited to announce the hiring of Chelsey Lucas to be the 11th head volleyball coach in Yavapai College history. 

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“This is truly a blessing for myself, to be in an environment that is helping me grow, by allowing me to improve players’ lives through volleyball,” said Lucas. “I want to thank our AD, Brad Clifford, and the hiring committee for entrusting me with the volleyball program. This is a place where you are able to build your personality beyond its normal limitations. Let’s go, Roughriders!”

Lucas comes to Yavapai from Grambling State University where she was the head coach of the Tigers. 

Prior to coaching the Tigers, Lucas spent three years as the head volleyball coach at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff from 2019-22. From 2016-19, Lucas was the head coach at Alcorn State University. 

While at Alcorn State, Lucas guided the program to the SWAC Tournament in 2018, its first appearance since the 2015 season. In 2018, Lucas’s squad ranked second in the nation in aces per set with 1.98. 

While at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Lucas led her team to the SWAC Tournament during all three of her seasons as head coach in 2019, 2020-21 and 2021. 

In addition, during Lucas’s tenure at UAPB the team jumped from a 375 NCAA ranking (out of 380 teams) to a top-100 program. Record wise, the Golden Lady Lions jumped from 10-24 to 20-16 in just two years, finishing in the top-third of the conference in 2019 and 2020-21 and going to the SWAC title game in 2020-21 and SWAC semifinals game in 2021. 

Inside the classroom, Lucas’s volleyball team at UAPB earned a cumulative GPA of 3.4, graduation success rate of 100% and 11 student-athletes on the All-Academic teams. 

From 2011-17, Coach Lucas served as the Club Director of the Southern Swing Volleyball Club in Houma, Louisiana, while also being the head coach of the team from 2011-14. While at Southern Swing, Lucas was also the head coach at Riverside Academy in Reserve, Louisiana, and led the Rebels to LHSAA Division IV semifinal appearances in 2012 and 2013. 

Lucas began her coaching journey in 2007 as the head coach of the Bayou Bandits Volleyball Club, a position that she held until 2012. While with the Bandits, Lucas also served as an assistant coach at Terrebonne High School and then served as the head coach at Houma Junior High. 

Other coaching stops for Lucas include being the head volleyball and head track and field coach at East St. John High School in Reserve, Louisiana. 

As a student-athlete, Lucas earned SWAC Defensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-Conference honors as a senior in 2006 at Grambling State. During that season, she led the conference with 396 digs, including a 43-dig performance against Texas Southern which was the conference’s single-game high in 2006. 

Lucas also earned her bachelor’s degree from Grambling State in 2007 in addition to earning master’s degrees from the University of Phoenix in 2011 and Alcorn State in 2019. 

“We are incredibly excited to have Coach Lucas here at YC,” Director of Athletics Brad Clifford said. “Her coaching experience and involvement with the community align with the programs that we are trying to build here at Yavapai. I have full confidence that Coach Lucas can bring YC volleyball to the next level!”

Coach Lucas has the Roughriders in full swing for the 2022 fall season. Stay tuned on GoRoughriders.com and all of YC athletics’ social media channels for the latest Yavapai volleyball news. 

– D.J. Irwin

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