Alan Edwards
Alan  Edwards

Brevard, N.C.

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Western Carolina


Alan Edwards has spent much of his career building volleyball programs into contenders, and on December 20, 2013, he was presented with another opportunity to do just that as he was named Lamar's head volleyball coach.

Edwards comes to Lamar from the University of Tennessee, where he spent three years as an assistant coach. During his first two seasons on campus, he helped the Lady Vols to two NCAA Tournament berths and a 50-12 record, including a 28-4 campaign in 2011 that resulted in a Southeastern Conference championship. A workhorse on the recruiting trail, his final class at UT ranked No. 17 in the nation by prepvolleyball.com. He also aided in the development of six All-Americans.

Prior to Tennessee, Edwards was a head coach at two different institutions, most recently Iona from 2006-10. After coming into a program that lost 20 matches in the preceding season, he turned the Gaels into a force to be reckoned with in the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference. Compiling a 74-79 overall record in the process, the team made four conference tournament appearances in his five seasons, culminating with a loss to Niagara in the 2010 MAAC championship match.

While at Iona, Edwards also coached one of the NCAA's all-time digs leaders in Allison Nieters, who collected 2,682 in her four years at Iona, earning a pair of MAAC Defensive Player of the Year awards. The Gaels also had a stellar academic reputation in his time, as three-fourths of his team earned either MAAC All-Academic or Academic Honor Roll accolades.

Before taking over at Iona, Edwards was tasked with another building project at Mercer. Prior to his arrival, the Bears had won just six of their previous 54 matches. In four seasons, he posted a 52-73 overall record, including a 7-3 conference mark in 2003, which ranked as the best in school history.

Edwards also had assistant coaching stints at Wyoming, Troy and Southland member Southeastern Louisiana, and he spent a decade in the high school coaching ranks, where he led Brevard High School to three straight state playoff appearances. A Brevard, N.C., native, Edwards founded Biltmore Volleyball Club and graduated from Western Carolina University in 1999.

Edwards, who resides in Beaumont, has one daughter, Brinsley, and one son, Cole.


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#Up2Speed: VB

(BEAUMONT, TX); The Lady Cardinals of the Lamar Volleyball team find themselves on the outside looking in as the Southland Conference looms. Head Coach Alan Edwards feels that his ladies are more than up for the challenge and can make the tournament.


The Wrap: VB

(BEAUMONT, TX) The Lady Cards defeated new conference member Incarnate Word in 3 sets. Lamar is now 2-2 in conference play. The volleyball team is on the road next weekend at Sam Houston and Central Arkansas.


#Up2Speed: VB

(BEAUMONT,TX) Lamar Volleyball opened up conference play against Sam Houston State resulting in a victory for Lamar. Now the Cardinals rest their sights on this weekend's games against McNeese (10/2/14) and Nicholls State (10/4/14).


Flight Plan::Volleyball

(BEAUMONT, TX) Head Volleyball Coach Alan Edwards and Middle Blocker Cortney Moore talk about this weekend's conference and home opener this weekend against the Sam Houston State Lady Bearkats. The first match is set to begin at 1:00 PM in the McDonald Gym.

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