UF Volleyball: Wells Named Head Coach at Virginia

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After seven seasons in Gainesville, Wells takes her first head coaching job at the University of Virginia

Florida volleyball associate head coach Shannon Wells has been named head coach at the University of Virginia, the school announced Monday.

Wells has been on the Florida coaching staff since 2014 and has served as an associate head coach the past four seasons.

During Wells’ tenure, the Gators have gone 183-33 (.848) and have competed in the NCAA Tournament each of her seven seasons. Florida has won four SEC Championships under Wells’ tutelage (2014, 2016, 2017, and 2019) and in the 2017 season, the Gators advanced to the NCAA Championship finals for the first time since the 2003 season.

In her seven seasons at Florida, working primarily with the setters, Wells tutored Marlie Monserez, Allie Monserez, and Mackenzie Dagostino to a combined three All-SEC honors and four AVCA All-America nods.

Wells arrived in Gainesville in the spring of 2014 after serving as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for Ole Miss in 2013 and prior to her promotion to associate head coach as a three-year assistant coach at Ole Miss.

Before her time on the Rebels’ coaching staff, Wells spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Winthrop Eagles of the Big South Conference under former Florida assistant and Georgia State head coach Sally Polhamus. Before heading to Winthrop in 2007, Wells began her coaching career at her alma mater, the University of Southern Indiana, as an assistant coach before operating as a graduate assistant for two years at Morehead State in 2005 and 2006.

An alumna of USI, Wells played four seasons and helped lead her team to 87 wins over that time span – including a school record 27 wins in the 2000 campaign. She ranks first all-time at USI in service aces and kills for her career. A two-time selection as the Great Lakes Valley Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year, Wells was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team in 2002 and was a three-time GLVC All-Academic team selection.

For her accomplishments in college, Wells was just the second volleyball player to be inducted into the USI Hall of Fame in February 2013.

She was most recently inducted into the 2015 Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Hall of Fame.