Olivia Earls, volleyball coach

Now, and then: Olivia Earls '18, former Maroons volleyball team member and new head volleyball coach at Averett University. At right is Earls in action during a 2017 Roanoke College match against the University of Lynchburg. Photo at left courtesy of Averett University Athletics

By Roanoke College News

Alumni News - February 2022

Olivia Earls ’18, who captained the Maroons volleyball team during her senior season, has been named head volleyball coach at Averett University in Danville, Virginia.

Earls, a four-year member of the Maroons volleyball program, most recently served as an assistant coach and interim head coach at Ferrum College. At Averett, she now leads a team that has moved to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) for the 2022 season.

"I am excited for the opportunity to lead the Averett women's volleyball program as we transition into the Old Dominion Athletic Conference," Earls told The Franklin News-Post. "As a former student-athlete in the ODAC, I know the tradition of excellence and fierce competition that comes with competing in the conference."

In addition to her college coaching experience, Earls has coached club volleyball. She was the head coach of 17 Regional and 18 American Vantage Volleyball from 2019-20, head coach for 17 Open Roanoke United Volleyball from 2017-18 and was a three-year assistant coach for the 16, 17 and 18 Club Roanoke United Volleyball.

Earls holds a B.S. in health and physical education from Roanoke and an M.S. in strategic leadership from the University of Charleston.

“As a former student-athlete in the ODAC, I know the tradition of excellence and fierce competition that comes with competing in the conference.”

Olivia Earls '18

Joanna Colosimo ‘04

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