JONESBORO, Ark. (4/17/09) – Arkansas State University Director of Athletics Dr. Dean Lee announced Friday that Justin Ingram has been named head coach of the Red Wolves volleyball team.
“We are very excited to name Justin Ingram as our new women’s volleyball coach,” said Lee. “Justin has obviously been associated with some outstanding programs at Kansas State and Houston. He comes with a tremendous reputation as a great trainer and as a great recruiter. He started as one of our top candidates and remained there until the end.”
Ingram becomes the sixth head coach in ASU volleyball history after serving eight years as an assistant coach at Kansas State. During his time at Kansas State, he served as the recruiting coordinator and offensive coordinator for the Wildcats who posted a 171-79 record and made seven NCAA tournament appearances during his time with the program.
While at Kansas State, the Wildcats earned American Volleyball Coaches Association top-25 final rankings six different seasons including a No. 11 final ranking in 2003. The Wildcats also had seven 20-win seasons in his time there, including a 30-win season and a first-place finish in the Big 12 in 2003. Kansas State’s final RPI ranked in the top-30 nationally during seven of Ingram’s eight seasons with the Wildcats.
Ingram served the previous two years as an assistant coach at the University of Houston. He served as a junior college recruiting coordinator, travel coordinator and assistant director of camps. The Cougars posted a 42-24 record and made back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances and posted consecutive 20-win seasons in 1998 and 1999. The Cougars were the Conference USA National Division Runners-up in 1998 and C-USA National Division Champions in 1999.
During his career, Ingram has helped lead teams to nine NCAA Tournament appearances including a trip to the Sweet Sixteen in 2003. He has coached eight All-America selections, 22 All-Big 12 selections, 55 Academic All-Big 12 players, six All-Conference USA selections, four Big 12 Libero of the Year winners, a Big 12 Player of the Year, a Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and a C-USA Player of the Year.
Ingram earned his bachelor’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University in 1995 and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1998.
“Arkansas State is a tremendous university with an excellent volleyball program and I’m thrilled to be here,” said Ingram. “I think the program is heading in a very positive direction and I’m excited to be part of its future. Not only does ASU have a strong volleyball program, it’s in a strong conference and has great support from the community. So, this is a great situation and opportunity and I look forward to the challenges ahead.”