Angela Mooney to Join Rebels As Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Angela Mooney, a native of Lubbock, Texas, is in her third year as an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator for Ole Miss.
In 13 seasons as a college coach, Mooney has helped mold student-athletes on and off the court with her experience as a player.
Mooney has helped the Rebels post three consecutive winning seasons for the first time since the mid 80s and the most wins in a three-year time span since 1984-86. The Rebels have won 11 regular season tournament titles and in 2015 set a school record with 13 home wins.
In her first year (2014) at Ole Miss, Mooney helped the Rebels post their best record (22-10) in seven years and the best start in program history (14-0). The Rebels battled for an NCAA Tournament bid both years. Ole Miss posted a school-record team hitting percentage in a season (.254) in 2014, and led the SEC in aces per set in 2015. In 2016, the Rebels ranked second in the SEC in digs per set and boasted two players among the top 10 in hitting percentage, kills per set and digs per set.
Mooney has helped coach several players to individual honors, including middle blocker Nakeyta Clair, who became the second All-American in program history and set the career record for total blocks, block assists, block solos and hitting percentage while also setting the single season record for kills (366) in 2014 and block solos (34) in 2015. Clair earned AVCA All-Region and All-SEC honors in 2014 and 2015. Freshman right side Kathryn Cather made the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2015. Aubrey Edie set the career record for assists with 4,834, the single-season record for assists with 1,322 and earned All-Region honors in 2014. Ty Laporte ranked among the top 10 hitters in the SEC in 2015, along with Clair, and earned Honorable Mention All-Region honors. Melanie Crow set the single season record for aces in 2014 with 42 and Lexi Thompson had the most kills (323) in a season by a freshman in 2014 and set the single-season record (437) in 2016.
Off the court, the Rebels have earned a 100 percent graduation success all three years under Mooney as well as a perfect APR score of 1000. Aubrey Edie earned Academic All-America honors in 2015 as well as All-District honors in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Fourteen players have made the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Mooney spearheaded a solid recruiting class for the Rebels this year, which includes an All-American and six players who have won and or competed for state championships, earned All-State honors and played for high level club teams, as well as succeeded in the classroom.
Before joining the Ole Miss family, Mooney spent the 2013 season as an assistant coach at South Dakota State.
Prior to her stop at SDSU, Mooney was an assistant at UTEP in El Paso, Texas, for nine years, where she played an instrumental role for the Miners in recruiting, training middle blockers, academics, community outreach and coordinating the UTEP volleyball camps.
In her nine years on the bench at UTEP, Mooney tutored two AVCA Honorable Mention All-Americans, two Midwest All-Region Honorable Mention honorees, four all-conference performers, including three in the 2011 and 2012 seasons and 11 conference players of the week. Only three UTEP players earned all-conference recognition in the first 30 years of the program, and all three Miners who received all-freshman team accolades came under her tenure.
Mooney played a pivotal role in helping the Miners' defense into one of the best blocking teams in the nation. Unranked in blocks per set before her arrival, Mooney guided the Miners to a national ranking of 28th in blocks per set in 2009, and coached a trio of nationally ranked blockers in 2010, including an AVCA All-Midwest Region Honorable Mention selection.
Off the court, Mooney coached three Academic All-America selections, two Academic All-District, four C-USA All-Academic, 30 C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll honorees.
Mooney also brings extensive coaching experience at the club level. She coached for the Texas Power Volleyball Club from 2001-04. In her inaugural season as head coach, Texas Power won the Sun Country Regional Championship and qualified for the 2004 Junior Olympic National Tournament. She also served as an assistant for Texas Power the previous three years, helping the team make appearances at the AAU national tournament in 2001 and the National Invitational in 2002.
In 2005, Mooney teamed with the El Paso Sunspots Volleyball Club as the head coach of their top 18s team. The Sunspots' 18-Heat won the Sun Country Regional Championship, qualifying for the 2005 Junior Olympic National Tournament.
In 2009, Mooney captured her fourth regional championship in five years as head coach of the Sunspots 18s, and again returned to the Junior Olympic National Tournament held in Miami, Florida. She also served as the co-head coach of the 2007 Sun Country High Performance team that competed in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
She also had ties to the South Dakota Volleyball Club in Brookings, South Dakota now with the Oxford Premier Club in Oxford, Mississippi.
A 2004 graduate of Texas Tech with a degree in human development and family studies, Mooney joined the coaching ranks after a prolific career with the Red Raiders from 2000-03. She recorded 930 kills, 348 digs and 229 blocks in her career, and still holds a number of hitting and blocking records. She also earned Academic All-Big 12 honors in 2003.
Mooney and her husband, David Herman, welcomed their first child, Jacob Herman, in June 2011 and their second son, Jett Herman, in June of this year.
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