CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Director of Athletics Mario Moccia announced today the hiring of Justin Ingram as head coach of Saluki women's volleyball.
"After an extensive search with a diverse and knowledgeable screening committee, we are confident we have found the right individual to take over our volleyball program," Moccia said. "Coach Ingram has had success at every place he has coached. We feel it is a coup to get someone who has coached in nine NCAA Tournaments and an individual that was named the Sun Belt Coach of the Year last season."
The seventh coach in Saluki volleyball history, Ingram brings 13 years of Division I coaching experience to Carbondale. He spent the last three years as the head coach at Arkansas State, where he led the Red Wolves to an overall record of 60-33.
Last season, Ingram led Arkansas State to a 21-10 record and the team's third-consecutive Sun Belt West Division title, earning Sun Belt Coach of the Year honors. Ingram's tenure in Jonesboro, Ark., saw Red Wolves players earn seven All-Conference selections, including the 2009 and 2010 Sun Belt Defensive Players of the Year.
"I am honored to be named head coach of the Saluki volleyball program," Ingram said. "After visiting, I was taken back by the incredible facilities, level of support shown by the entire athletic administration and the Saluki pride throughout the community. SIU is located within a talented volleyball region and I look forward to continued success in attracting elite athletes to this incredible university."
Prior to Arkansas State, Ingram spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at Kansas State, where he served as the Wildcats' recruiting coordinator and offensive coordinator. During his time in Manhattan, Kan., K-State posted a 171-79 record, made seven NCAA Tournament appearances and posted seven 20-win seasons.
Ingram's tenure at K-State saw the Wildcats earn American Volleyball Coaches Association top-25 final rankings six different seasons, including a No. 11 final ranking in 2003 when K-State went 30-5, won a Big 12 Championship and made a Sweet 16 run.
K-State's final RPI ranked in the top-30 nationally during seven of Ingram's eight seasons with the Wildcats. He helped mentor eight All-America selections and 22 All-Big 12 selections at K-State, including four Big 12 Liberos of the Year and the 2003 Big 12 Player of the Year.
Prior to his stint at K-State, Ingram spent two years as an assistant coach at the University of Houston, where he served as the junior college recruiting coordinator, travel coordinator and assistant director of camps. The Cougars posted a 42-24 record, tallied consecutive 20-win seasons and made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances during his time in Houston.
Houston was the Conference USA National Division champion in 1999 and the National Division runner-up in 1998 with Ingram on the staff. Ingram helped mentor six All-Conference selections at Houston, including the 1999 C-USA Player of the Year.
Ingram earned his bachelor's degree in community and regional planning from Iowa State University in 1995 and a master's degree in city and regional planning from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1998.
Ingram's contract at SIU is for three years.
"We look forward to Justin getting to know Saluki nation and building excitement around the SIU volleyball program," Moccia said.