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Glenn Nelson retired as the winningest coach in the history of Princeton
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications

All-Time Women's Volleyball Coaches

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 08/20/2013
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All-Time Women's Volleyball Coaches

Coach W L Pct.
Susana Occhi (1977-81) 107 95 .530
Glenn Nelson (1982-08) 580 229 .717
Jolie Ward (2009-10) 24 26 .480
Sabrina King (2011-present) 40 34 .541

Susan Occhi was the first coach in program history, and she guided the Tigers to Ivy League championships in 1979, 1980 and 1981. She had coached the program as a club sport during the years prior to the varsity debut on Sept. 28, 1977. Her 100th win came against Barnard (Columbia) during the 1981 Ivy League Tournament.

Glenn Nelson retired in 2008 as Princeton's all-time wins leader for any single-sport coach, and he remains one of the legendary figures in all of collegiate volleyball. On the night he won his record-setting 560th victory (Nov. 10, 2007), Princeton also clinched the Ivy League title and was on its way to becoming the first team to go 14-0 in league play since the Ivy League moved to the double round-robin format. Nelson led Princeton to 11 Ivy League titles (all while serving as the men's head coach as well); he coached four Ivy League Players of the Year and four Ivy League Rookies of the Year, and his teams never had a losing record.

Jolie Ward had the unenviable task of following in Glenn Nelson's footsteps, but she improved by two victories from her first to second season, and she coached a first-team All-Ivy player in each of her two seasons (Sheena Donohue, 2009; Lydia Rudnick, 2010).

Sabrina King has done it all with Princeton volleyball, and she now serves as the program's fourth head coach. The 1999 Ivy League Player of the Year, King was part of three Ivy championship teams (1997, 1999, 2000). She still ranks third all-time at Princeton in both career kills (1,367) and career digs (1,441), and she is fifth all-time in service aces (121). She was an assistant coach for seven years, including on the 2004 and 2007 Ivy League championship teams, and she was named head coach prior to the 2011 season.

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