San Antonio - Trinity volleyball Assistant Coach Aly Lilley '09 has assumed an important new role on campus.
Coach Lilley was appointed the Associate Director for Athletic Giving and Engagement in Trinity's Alumni Relations & Development Division. She will assist in developing strategic fundraising campaigns for Trinity's athletics programs, as well as working with alumni and parent volunteers to plan special events. "Engagement" is a keyword in Coach Lilley's new job, as she will work closely with members of the Trinity community in fulfilling her mission, which begins in July.
"I would like to thank Trinity, Alumni Relations & Development, and the Department of Athletics for this incredible opportunity," said Coach Lilley, who completed six years as the assistant to volleyball Head Coach Julie Jenkins. "I'm indebted to Trinity for shaping so much of who I am personally and professionally during my 11 years as a student and coach."
"Trinity's long-standing tradition of success in all of our sports is owed, in large part, to decades of incredible players, coaches, staff, parents, and alumni. I'm grateful for the opportunity to work with such a special network of people to continue to grow that success."
Coach Lilley played a major role during her tenure as a volleyball assistant coach. The Tigers advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament on five occasions. Included in that run were Sweet 16 appearances in 2013 and 2014. Trinity also qualified for the NCAA event in 2017, finished the season with a 27-8 record, and was ranked 11th in the final American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Poll.
The Tigers also captured three Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) titles and competed in six championship matches since Coach Lilley came aboard in 2012.
In addition to her coaching duties, Coach Lilley served as the adviser to Trinity's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the "voice of student-athletes on campus." The group participates in athletics policy discussions, conducts fundraisers, and gives many hours of volunteer time to local organizations.
Coach Lilley received a 2018 Thirty Under Thirty Award from the AVCA. The coaches' organization honors coaches who are younger than 30 years of age, and Coach Lilley was only one of five selected from Division III programs.
A versatile administrator, Coach Lilley was the interim director of Trinity's Intramurals and Club Sports programs from December 2009 to May 2010. Prior to returning to her alma mater, Coach Lilley was an assistant volleyball coach at Marietta (OH) College, a Division III institution.
The former Aly Hazelwood was an outstanding middle blocker for Tiger volleyball from 2006-2009. She was elected to the AVCA All-America Team in 2009, as well as the All-South Region Team. Coach Lilley was tabbed for the All-SCAC Team in 2007 and 2009 and played on three conference championship squads. She contributed greatly to Trinity's 2006 and 2009 trips to the NCAA quarterfinals.
Coach Lilley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Trinity in 2009 with a minor in religion. An outstanding student, Coach Lilley was a two-time member of Trinity's Dean's List. She participated in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, volunteered for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and volleyball's Dig Pink (cancer awareness), among other projects.