NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk State Athletics Department announced today that former assistant Dave Albaugh has been elevated to the head coaching position for the Spartan volleyball program. He takes over those duties after spending the last six years as an assistant coach at NSU.
“We were fortunate for Coach Albaugh to be able to make arrangements to coach the women’s volleyball team next season,” said NSU Athletics Director Marty Miller. “I have been observing him over the past few years when he served as the assistant coach and was impressed with his teaching skills. He worked very hard on fundamentals, and I think that is essential in producing winning teams. We are looking forward to a great season for the women’s volleyball program next year.”
Albaugh previously played a key role in the recent advancement of the volleyball program. During his time with the Spartans, the team achieved its most success in 18 years in Division I. The first four years of his tenure as an assistant coach from 2010-13 marked the best four-year stretch since NSU moved up from Division II in 1997. All three of the program’s winning MEAC seasons occurred with Albaugh on the bench, including NSU’s most successful D-I season in 2012.
The Spartans ended that year 14-20 overall, 9-3 in the MEAC and in second place in the Northern Division. All three stand as the best achievements ever during the program’s D-I era. The Spartans also won a MEAC tournament match for the first time in 13 years.
Albaugh becomes the program’s sixth different head coach during the D-I era.
He replaces previous head coach Brandon Duvall, who led the Spartans for six years before being let go following the 2015 campaign.