Co-Director / AVPA Level 1 Certified Coach
Molly Alvey was named the 12th head coach of the University of Cincinnati volleyball program on Feb. 15, 2012.
During her fourth season at UC in 2015-16, Alvey led the Bearcats to a third-place finish in the American Athletic Conference with a 21-10 overall record and a 13-7 mark in league play. The team finished the year at No. 85 in the RPI rankings, jumping 74 spots from the year before.
She guided a young team that included freshmen Jordan Thompson, the American Freshman of the Year and First Team All-Conference honoree, and Carly Nolan, another first team All-League selection. Additionally, senior Emma Roberson earned First Team Academic All-America accolades to lead the team to a strong semester in the classroom, earning a collective 3.3 GPA.
Prior to the 2015 season, Alvey received acclaim from Prep Volleyball with the nation’s 26th-best recruiting class, including Thompson and Jade Tinglehoff, ranked Nos. 44 and 96, respectively. It is the first UC recruiting class recognized by Prep Volleyball since the 2010 class was named to the honorable mention list.
The 2014-15 school year was a record-breaking year for the volleyball team in the classroom. Under Alvey’s guidance the team posted a 3.475 GPA, including a department-high 3.648 during the spring semester. The top marks earned the Bearcats the AVCA Team Academic Award for the second time since 2013.
Additionally in 2014, the head coach mentored junior right side hitter Emma Roberson to Second Team All-American Athletic Conference honors after finishing the season with 415 kills, the highest mark for a UC player since 2012.
In 2012, during her first year at the helm of the program, Alvey led Cincinnati to a fifth-place finish in the BIG EAST standings and its eighth consecutive bid to the BIG EAST Championship where it advanced to the semifinal round for the fourth straight year. Alvey guided her team through a tough schedule, playing 11 matches against teams ranked in the top-25 of the AVCA Coaches’ poll, and two others against teams receiving votes.
That season, Alvey tutored senior All-American Jordanne Scott, a unanimous pick to the All-BIG EAST First Team, as well as the AVCA All-Northeast Region First Team and the AVCA All-America Honorable Mention team. Seniors Becca Refenes and Emily Hayden and junior Emmi MacIntyre were named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team in 2012.
Before coming to Cincinnati, Alvey spent two seasons as head coach at Houston, leading the Cougars to a 38-24 overall record and mentoring 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America selection Lucy Charuk. She also spent the 2004 season as the head coach at the University of Southern Indiana, leading the Screaming Eagles to Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) regular-season and tournament titles en route to the program’s second-ever NCAA Division II national championship tournament berth.
Alvey’s 2011 Cougars were ranked as high as 38th in the AVCA RPI and placed four members on the all-conference teams. She guided Houston to a third-place finish in Conference USA in 2010 with a 13-7 record. It was the program’s first top-three finish since 2005 and the 13 C-USA wins were also the most in league play since 1999. In addition, Alvey tutored all-C-USA first-team selections Charuk and Chandace Tryon. Charuk went on to be named Third Team AVCA All-America while earning a spot as an AVCA all-region selection. She also earned a spot on the Canadian national team during the summer of 2010. Not only did Alvey have success on the court in her first season at UH, but she also guided the program to a 3.37 GPA during the 2010-11 academic year, the highest departmental GPA and the best in program history. The squad also earned the AVCA team academic award.
Prior to Houston, Alvey spent five seasons at the University of Mississippi, including the final two seasons as associate head coach. She began her career at Temple in 2001 where she spent three seasons as a graduate assistant coach.
During her five-year tenure at Ole Miss, Alvey was part of a coaching staff that guided Ole Miss to a pair of NCAA national championship tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007. In that time, Alvey was responsible for coaching two-time All-Southeastern Conference setter Rachel Kieckhaefer who also picked up all-region honorable mention honors as a junior. She also played a part in developing All-SEC selection Jaclyn Toohey as well as SEC all-freshman selections Jackie Jones, Regina Thomas and Whitney Craven. As recruiting coordinator, Alvey helped secure the nation’s 23rd-ranked recruiting class in 2009.
In 2006, the Rebels advanced to the NCAA national championship tournament for the first time in program history while tying the school record for conference wins in a season with 10. Ole Miss then advanced to the NCAA tournament for a second-straight season in 2007 with a 25-9 mark on the year and a record-setting 14 wins in SEC play. The Rebels finished third in the league and second in the western division that season while posting the first 20-win season since 1989.
During her lone season at Southern Indiana, Alvey led the Screaming Eagles to a 24-7 regular-season finish, claiming the GLVC regular-season title with a 15-1 conference record. Southern Indiana then stormed through the conference tournament to earn the program’s second-ever NCAA Division II tournament berth, advancing to the second round. In her time at USI, Alvey coached two all-region selections and the program’s second All-America selection, Laura Ellerbusch.
During her three years at Temple, Alvey was part of a program that posted an overall record of 72-25 (.742), claimed an Atlantic 10 Conference championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament in 2002. The Owls finished as A-10 runners-up in 2001 and 2003. Alvey was also a part of a staff that coached A-10 Player of the Year Xu Yun in 2002 and two-time A-10 Setter of the Year Allison Runk in 2002 and 2003. The Owls featured eight first-team all-conference selections during her tenure. While at TU, Alvey earned her MBA in international business administration.
Alvey played volleyball and basketball at Centre College in Danville, Ky., earning her bachelor’s degree in economics in 2001. Alvey lettered all four seasons as a setter for the volleyball team and held the school’s career record for assists with 4,340. She helped her team to an 82-59 overall record during her career, earning all-conference honors as a junior and senior.
Alvey also played basketball for Centre and was an all-conference selection at point guard as a senior. She holds the single-season three-point percentage record at .456.
Co-Director / AVPA Level 1 Certified Coach
Phillip White is in his third season with the University of Cincinnati volleyball team after spending the 2013 season as the volunteer assistant and taking a full time assistant position in 2014.
In 2015, he helped guide the Bearcats to a third place finish in the American Athletic Conference while mentoring a pair of All-Conference selections in Carly Nolan and Jordan Thompson, the American Freshman of the Year.
White came to UC with over 12 years of coaching experience at the high school, club, college and national levels as well as ample directing and playing experience. Before starting his stint at Cincinnati, White spent two years as the head coach and training coach at the Academy Volleyball Club (AVC) in Cleveland, Ohio while also acting as the associate director of volleyball at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
At the AVC, he was a training coach for the 15, 16, 17 and 18-year-old club players, amassing 100 athletes. White oversaw all training of individual defensive skills and team block/defensive systems. While at the club, he earned silver medals at the 2013 AAU National Championships and at the 2013 Junior Olympic National Championships as the head coach of the AVC 17s team.
At the SPIRE Institute, White organized and administered all ongoing volleyball training sessions for 50 athletes, coordinated recruitment, marketed the volleyball program and designed camps and college combines. Two of his top athletes that he mentored and trained committed to play their college careers at UC San Diego and UCLA.
White was the head volleyball coach at Schreiner University from 2008 through 2011. White took over a program that was 11-14 in its previous season and compiled three consecutive winning seasons during his tenure. White was named American Southwest Conference Coach of the Year in 2009, the same year his team set the single-season wins record for the school. He had two players earn ASC All-Conference awards from the 2009 volleyball team.
Before taking the head job at Schreiner, White was an assistant coach at the University of Southern California from 2007 through 2008. He was responsible for backcourt training as well as the block and defense systems. While at USC, the team made it to the NCAA National Championship match.
White coached at Los Alamitos High School from 2004-2007. There he won two Division I State Championships. He also led the boys program to the most successful season in school history. He coached at the club level for the Southern California Volleyball Club (SCVC) from 2002 – 2008.
Additionally, White has 11 years of directing camps under his belt, including NIKE volleyball camps in Texas and California, and USA High Performance boys’ camps.
White played his collegiate volleyball at Long Beach State from 2000-2004 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. His junior season, White earned MPSF All-Conference honors. White was part of the 2004 team that played for a national championship title coming up just short to BYU in the fifth set.