Alumni Report: THS grad to coach D-I volleyball
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Virginia Ullery, a 2001 Tracy High graduate, was hired in February as the volleyball head coach at Fordham University in New York City.

Ullery, 30, will lead a Rams team that competes in the NCAA Division I

Atlantic 10 Conference.

She takes on her new role after seven years as the assistant coach of the Duquesne University volleyball program, which also competes in the Atlantic 10 Conference and has made the conference championship the past three years.

Ullery said her new job is the fulfillment of a goal she has had since she was an undergrad at University of Pittsburgh, where she was a four-year starter and a member of Pittsburgh’s 2003 Big East championship team.

As an outside and middle hitter at Pittsburgh, she was ranked 29th in the U.S. in kills, with 529 for the season, 4.9 per game, during her junior year in 2004. She is the fourth player from the school to record more than 1,000 career kills (1,487)

“I love the game and love teaching it,” Ullery said. “I believe I am fortunate to be doing what I love every day and get the opportunity to mold these young athletes’ lives.”

While at Tracy High, she played three years of varsity volleyball and four years of varsity basketball. During her senior year in 2000-01, the Bulldogs won the Valley Oak League volleyball title and made the Sac-Joaquin Section championship match, finishing as section runner-up.

Her former coach, David Daily, noted that for the past three years, Ullery has returned to her hometown each June to lead Tracy High’s summer youth volleyball camp — something she also did while a player at Tracy High.

“She was without question the team leader her years on varsity and while in high school helped teach younger kids the game of volleyball at the Tracy High youth camp,” Daily said.

• Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com.
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