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Allen McCreary is in his fourth year as the head coach of the UC Merced Women's Volleyball Team. Coach McCreary returns to the program after going .500 last year (13-13). The Bobcats were half a game behind the fourth and last playoff spot, just slipping out of Cal Pac Playoff contention. Each year the Bobcats record improves under the coaching of McCreary. This season he will try to lead his team to their first winning season in school history and ultimately a Cal Pac Championship. Prior to this season, Coach McCreary’s all-time record at UC Merced was 25-46.
McCreary, an Atwater native, comes to UC Merced from Towson University, an NCAA Division I school in Maryland, as an Assistant Coach and recruiting coordinator. Before that, he was an Assistant Coach for two years at Angelo State University, a Division II school in Texas, and the Head Coach for two years at Holy Names University.
The Hawks were 24-31 during McCreary's time at Holy Names and advanced to the NAIA Region II playoffs in 2007. McCreary was also named the California Pacific Conference Coach of the Year honor. While at Holy Names, McCreary also served as the Head Coach of the Men's Volleyball team.
As the Head Coach at Hughson High from 1999 to 2004, McCreary compiled a 136-40 record and led the team to six consecutive playoff appearances. He was also an assistant coach at Merced College from 2004 to 2006.
Alysha McCreary enters her second year as an assistant coach for the UC Merced Bobcats Women’s Volleyball Team. Alysha was a four year NCAA Division I student athlete at Towson University in Towson, Maryland before graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sports Management with a minor in Business Administration.
While playing at Towson, McCreary was named to the Montana Tournament All-Tournament team and was twice named the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week, all coming her senior year. She was one of four Tigers to record at least 200 kills on the 2012 season, finishing the year with 222 kills. Her senior year she recorded a career-high 17 kills in a single match, had 12 matches with double digit kills, led the team with 97 blocks and finished with 5+ blocks in eight matches on the season. She would ultimately lead the Tigers to a perfect season in 2012, thus claiming the Colonial Athletic Association Regular Season Championship. Prior to playing at Towson, McCreary played at Central Arkansas her freshmen year as her team went on to have a perfect season and ultimately win the Southland Conference title.
McCreary has coached for the past three years at the Native Vision volleyball clinic. Native Vision is a partnership between the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health and the National Football Players Association. The program mentors Native American youth through sport clinics, which promote empowerment, discipline, teamwork and the pursuit of education. McCreary has also coached for the FatchMo Volleyball Club, a Junior Olympic Volleyball Program for players in Central Arkansas.