Anna Allison Named Head Volleyball Coach at Bucknell
Jan. 8, 2013
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell director of athletics and recreation John Hardt announced today that Anna Allison will become the next head coach of the Bison volleyball program. Allison has spent the last eight years as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator for Bucknell and has mentored some of the program's top setters during her tenure.
In 2006, Allison helped guide former Bucknell setter Shannon Pitsch to a school single-season record total in assists (1,199), which ranked first in the Patriot League. Pitsch, who was a 2008 All-Patriot League selection and a two-time Patriot League All-Tournament Team honoree, went on to claim the career record (3,597) under Allison's tutelage as well. More recently, Allison guided Kat Tauscher and Meghan Wentzel to top-10 rankings in the Patriot League in assists during the 2012 campaign.
"I feel truly honored to have the opportunity to lead our women's volleyball program," said Allison. "Bucknell is a special place and has the highest regard for the scholar-athlete model. I am excited to have the chance to elevate our volleyball program to a perennial championship contender and to be able to provide a positive and enriching experience to our student-athletes. We will need to get back to the basics - build a strong foundation, raise our volleyball IQ - but I know that our women are ready to move forward."
"I am very pleased that Anna Allison will be remaining in the Bison Athletics family as the next head coach of the volleyball program," said Hardt. "Anna has been a vital member of the staff as an assistant coach for the past eight years, and I am delighted that she will now get the chance to lead the program. Her familiarity with Bucknell and our scholar-athlete tradition should make for a very smooth transition."
A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and a member of a prominent volleyball family, Allison is a 2004 graduate of Oral Roberts University, where she was one of the top setters in Golden Eagles' history. Allison was a First Team All-Mid Continent Conference selection three times and was named Setter of the Year in 2000 and 2002. As a senior in 2002 she shattered the Oral Roberts career assists record as well as the Mid-Con career service aces record. Oral Roberts won four straight league titles and played in four NCAA Tournaments during her playing days.
A two-time team captain, Allison was also an outstanding student and earned Scholar-Athlete honors while successfully completing degrees in advertising and marketing communications. She completed her Master's degree in education-athletic administration from Northcentral University in December 2012.
A lifelong student of the sport of volleyball, Allison's enthusiasm and commitment to the game was influenced by her father, Antonio Carlos Moreno, who played for the Brazilian national team for 16 years and participated in four Olympic Games. Anna's twin brother, Carlos, was an All-America setter who earned AVCA Player of the Year honors while leading BYU to the 2004 NCAA men's national championship.
In 2003-04 Allison served as graduate assistant coach at Oral Roberts, where she worked closely with the Golden Eagles' setters and assisted in scouting and recruiting. Throughout her undergraduate career she coached the ORU Club team, featuring players aged 12 to 18, as well as the 16-18 Tulsa Volleyball Club. In her native Brazil, Allison was a regular coach at the S.P. Volleyball Camp and has worked as director, recruiting manager and coach with the Moreno Corp. Over the summers, she has served on the staff of the Gold Medal Square Camp as well as the Bentley College Camp.
Now the fourth head coach in program history, Allison takes over a team that went 9-20 overall and 3-11 in the Patriot League last season. The Bison advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1998 and earned a repeat trip in 2000. Allison takes over for Cindy Opalski, who stepped down in November after 23 seasons as head coach.
Bucknell is a highly selective, privately endowed liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 3,500 undergraduate students. Bucknell sponsors 27 intercollegiate sports at the Division I level. It is a charter member of the Patriot League and has won the league's all-sports championship in 17 of the 22 years it has been contested. Bucknell ranks fifth in Division I in producing Academic All-Americans and annually ranks among the national leaders in the graduation rate of its student-athletes.
In the Herd: Meet new head volleyball coach Anna Allison