PETERSBURG, Va. – Former VCU star Ivana Rich has been introduced as the new head coach at Virginia State University, the school announced recently.
Rich, a two-time All-Colonial Athletic Association honoree, spent last season as a volunteer assistant coach at Chowan University, aiding that school's march to a CIAA Championship.
A Cumberland, Va. native, Rich joined the VCU Volleyball program in 2006 as a recruited walk-on, but would go on to establish herself as one of the best players in Rams' history. In 2008, she earned All-CAA First Team honors behind 1.94 kills and 1.07 blocks per set. She also hit .292. In 2009, Rich led the Rams to a 27-9 record, shattering the school single-season record for hitting percentage (.332). In addition, Rich finished her tenure as VCU's career leader in blocks (384) and currently ranks second all-time in that category.
Rich received a bachelor of science in criminal justice from VCU in 2009 and is currently pursuing her master's in counselor education from Virginia State.
The Trojans finished 11-18 last season.