UVA Athletic Director Carla Williams announced that Shannon Wells, former associate head coach at the University of Florida, would be taking over as the head coach of the Cavaliers.
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Wells spent the past seven seasons in Gainesville, earning a 184-33 record during that time. This past season, Wells helped lead the Gators to a 21-4 record and an appearance in the NCAA Regional Finals.
Carla Williams welcomed the new coach to Charlottesville, saying, “We are excited to have Shannon Wells as Virginia’s head volleyball coach… she is an exceptional person and will be a wonderful addition to the UVA family.”
For the Cavalier roster, they hope that Coach Wells can help turn around their program, as the 2020 season got off to a rocky 2-12 start before having their last six matchups cancelled following the dismissal of the entire coaching staff.
For Wells, she is ready to help initiate a new start for the UVA program, “I’m so excited to be the head coach of Virginia volleyball and to start building an elite program. For me, it’s always been about surrounding yourself with the right people and Virginia has some of the best in college athletic.”
Wells is a graduate of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy and is a member of The Alliance of Women Coaches. For Virginia Volleyball fans, the hiring of Shannon Wells marks the beginning of a new, and hopefully prosperous, era in Charlottesville.