Michelle Collier New Head Volleyball Coach

Misha Khan

Photo courtesy of JU Athletics

The JU Athletics department announced Monday that former University of South Florida assistant coach Michelle Collier has been named the new head coach of the volleyball team.

Collier is the eighth coach for the Dolphins volleyball team and is heading over to JU after serving two seasons as assistant coach in South Carolina.

Director of Athletics Alan Verlander was quoted saying, “I’m thrilled to welcome Michelle to the JU family. She and her family will be a wonderful addition to JU Athletics. Her credentials and contacts in the sport of volleyball will enable her to be very successful at JU. I look forward to seeing her teams graduate and compete for championships in the near future. I’m excited about the new era of JU volleyball.”

Collier graduated in 2002 from the University of South Florida, where she was also an assistant coach. Her 2,279 career kills placed her fifth in the NCAA Division I, and she was named the Conference USA Player of the Decade in 2004. Following her graduation, her professional career took her across the globe, playing in Holland, Puerto Rico, Cyprus, Indonesia and Spain over a four-year career, winning numerous accolades including the Indonesian League MVP and the Best Foreign Player in Cyprus. She also claimed the C-USA Freshman of the Year plaque in 1998 and led her school to three of the program’s seven NCAA Tournament appearances. She joined the USF Hall of Fame in its third class, which was announced in 2011. She was the first Bulls volleyball player to earn that honor.

Collier said she is looking forward to meeting with the girls and getting them fired up and ready.

“I am super excited and want to thank Alan and Marsha (Haskew, Senior Women’s Administrator), President (Kerry) Romesburg for the opportunity to start my head coaching career at JU,” Collier said. “It’s been great, and it was a great experience I had here (during the interview process). I am looking forward to working with a great group of girls, turning this program around, and winning some championships.”

Collier is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese and is married to Rafael Silva, who spent the last nine years as a professional volleyball player in the top divisions of both Brazil and Spain. They have one daughter together, Tais Collier Silva.