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Sylvan begins reign as volleyball coach at SC State

August 3, 2007

Orangeburg, SC-- Millicent Sylvan has been named head coach of the South Carolina State Lady Bulldog volleyball team. Her appointment was effective on July 1.


Sylvan, who brings a wealth of volleyball knowledge to SC State, is no stranger to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), having served the last three seasons as the head coach at North Carolina A&T. While at NC A&T, she compiled an overall record of 49-52 and 23-6 in the conference. In her second season with the Aggies, Sylvan’s team posted a 9-1 conference record, good enough for a second place finish. In that same season she was named the MEAC Coach of the Year. Her accolades at NC A&T expand far and wide as she has coached one first-team All-MEAC performer and four different second-team All-MEAC.

Prior to her appointment at NC A&T, Sylvan spent three seasons at her alma mater, Alcorn State where she posted a 71-42 record, a pair of Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Eastern Division Titles and two runner-up finishes in the SWAC.

Sylvan currently holds a 120-94 overall record over a six year span.

Before launching to her coaching career, Sylvan was the director of athletics at Romeville Elementary School in Convent, LA for the 2000-01 school year. Additionally, she founded the Alley Catz AAU Volleyball Club. She also served as the strength and conditioning coach at Loyola University in New Orleans, LA.

As a student-athlete, Sylvan was a two-sport standout at Alcorn State earning letters in volleyball and track. On the court she was a two-time All-SWAC selection and was named the pre-season volleyball SWAC Player of the Year in 2000. On the track, Sylvan was a 2000 USA Track and Field Indoor National Participant and a provisional qualifier in the long jump and the 100-meter hurdles in that same year. She currently owns the school and SWAC record in the heptathlon with 5,071 points.

During her time as an athlete she was a member several student organizations including the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, SWAC Student-Athlete Association and the Alcorn State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. A four-year SWAC scholar athlete, Sylvan was a two-time recipient of the NCAA Leadership Award and a recipient of the Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Athlete Award in 2000.

She earned both her bachelor’s in education (2000), and a master’s degree in secondary education (2003) from Alcorn State.

She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and is involved in the NYSP Extended program.

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