NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lipscomb University volleyball coach Brandon Rosenthal has completed his staff for the 2013 season with the addition of Ann Armes as an assistant coach.
Armes, who was a member of the coaching staff at Transylvania University last season, joins Billy Ebel, also a new member of the staff.
“I am very excited with the addition of Ann Armes,” Rosenthal said. “Her passion and love of the game was apparent from the first second she stepped foot on campus.
“I was extremely impressed with the candidate pool. As the interview process concluded it was not only clear to me, but the rest of the athletic staff and players, that Ann should be our choice.”
Armes, from Grand Island, Neb., played outside hitter, right side and middle blocker for the University of Kentucky from 2007 until 2011, spending her freshman year as a redshirt. She served as a team captain in 2010 and 2011. During her time as a player Kentucky made five trips to the NCAA Tournament and was a key part of the all-time winningest class in school history.
“The combination of Ann's playing experience and her relentless work ethic will be a tremendous asset to our program,” Rosenthal said. “Ann has a tremendous coaching career ahead of her and I couldn't be happier that LUV will always be attached with her.”
Armes has received a number of accolades for her work away from the volleyball court. She was named the Southeastern Conference Volleyball Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2011. She also was named to the Dean’s List at Kentucky seven times.
She appeared on the All-Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll five times. She was also honored three times as a member of the All-SEC Good Works Community Service Team in 2008, 2010 and 2011.
Armes is looking forward to continuing her coaching career as part of Rosenthal’s staff.
“Brandon is awesome,” Armes said. “I really like Lipscomb’s system. I like that all of their girls can play front or back row and that they can all handle the ball. It is just a fun system.
“I like the athletes he goes after. He gets those scrappy, little athletic, competitive and fiery athletes.”
She has received both bachelors and master’s degrees in dietetics. She will pursue a master’s in civic leadership at Lipscomb.
“I like the fact that Lipscomb University is in Nashville,” Armes said. “That is cool.
“My faith is important. The girls going to Brazil on a mission trip was awesome. I love having a relationship with the girls. I love the recruiting. I want to be a part of building the program.”
The job attracted a number of applicants, but Armes was at the top of the list. She will be on campus full-time in August after finishing an internship that will certify her as a registered dietician.
“Ann has a great combination of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm that would make her an asset any place she coached,” Lipscomb athletic director Philip Hutcheson said. “I comment often on both the quantity and the quality of the assistant coaching candidates that we attract and this situation was no different. We had a large number of people interested in this position. I am extremely pleased that we ended up with such a quality coach in Ann.”