Aline dos Santos has been named the sixth head coach in the history of the IUP women’s volleyball program. She comes to IUP from the University of Akron, where she was the top assistant for the past five seasons.
“We are very pleased to have someone of Coach dos Santos’ caliber lead our volleyball program,” Dr. Frank Condino, IUP’s director of athletics, said. “Her coaching and playing experience at Division I compiled with her intense passion for the game should provide a quality experience for our student-athletes.”
“I want to thank Dr. Condino, Samantha Goettman and the entire search committee for their time and dedication throughout this process,” dos Santos said. “I am extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to lead the IUP volleyball program. “I am thrilled to be joining a group of people who share the same passion and enthusiasm as I do for helping student-athletes achieve their potential in the classroom, on the court, and as a part of their communities. Together, we will re-establish a tradition of success for the women’s volleyball team.”
During her time in Akron, dos Santos helped lead the Zips to four Mid-American Conference tournament appearances and the biggest single-season turnaround in 2012, which included the program’s first winning season since 2003 with a 16-13 record.
Prior to Akron, dos Santos served as a graduate assistant at Central Michigan for two seasons. She helped the Chippewas to the biggest turnaround season in MAC history and seventh-best in NCAA history in 2006 as they posted a record of 17-13, a 12 1/2-game reversal from the previous year. The improvement continued in 2007 as the Chips notched their first 20-win season (22-10) in 22 years and second winning season in the MAC (10-6) since 1996.
A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, dos Santos enjoyed a brief, record-setting career as a player at Marist College. The two-year letterwinner, whose career was cut short due to an injury, left the school with a host of records, including three career and four single-season milestones. She served as a student assistant coach her final two years.
Dos Santos served as a teaching assistant in 2005-06 at Staples High School in New York. She was also the varsity assistant coach of the boys’ and girls’ volleyball teams and led the boys to the 2006 FCIAC and state championship title.
TRACK AND FIELD: Five IUP athletes will compete in the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships on May 23-25 at the Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl at Colorado State-Pueblo.
Laurie Ajavon, a senior, leads IUP into the meet as a four-time qualifier in the long jump. Also competing are Alyssa Taddie, a senior and Homer-Center High School graduate, in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and Jessica Rosso, a freshman and Northern Cambria graduate, in the javelin.
On the men’s side, seniors Clinton Keller and Jared Long will compete in their first NCAA championship meet. Keller will compete in the 3,000 steeplechase, and Long, a United graduate, will run in the 400 hurdles.