Siena women’s volleyball has a proud tradition of success on the court and in the classroom. The Saints captured their eighth MAAC Championship in the fall of 2008 (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008) and own three American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) awards for academic distinction (1994, 1995, 2005) - presented to teams that boast a 20-win season and a 3.3 team grade-point average.
The Saints returned to the NCAA Tournament in December of 2008 for the fourth straight year and fifth time in program history (1995, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008) while posting a 3.21 team grade point average; proving academic and athletic achievement can go hand-in-hand. To that end, there is perhaps no greater tribute to the Siena volleyball program than the successes achieved by its alumni. Recent graduates have become doctors, lawyers, educators, medical researchers, psychologists and accountants in national firms. Other alumni have moved on to different countries and top graduate schools to pursue their dreams
With Head Coach Garvey Pierre entering his eighth season, the Siena volleyball program is increasingly dedicated to providing each student-athlete with the opportunity to become the best volleyball player she can be; however, this is not the number one priority. Any athletic success without paralleled academic achievement is viewed as a hollow victory. As a result, volleyball will always take a back seat to academics and a player’s family values at Siena.
Student-athletes strive to succeed at Siena for a variety of reasons. The combination of having each class at Siena taught by actual professors, and having a low student/professor ratio, helps foster an environment in which learning is cutting-edge and exciting. Siena student-athletes quickly realize the academic success they attain will translate into opportunities, and eventually, successful careers beyond college. The Capital Region provides an ideal
locale for such opportunities to be pursued, as countless internships are readily available to students. Community service is also an integral part of the Siena education and the athletic department’s Saints in the Community program is the perfect vehicle for volunteerism.
With full grant-in-aid scholarships, the Siena coaching staff has the luxury of recruiting exceptional high school athletes, while remaining committed to bringing in the type of individual who is rich in character and has demonstrated the capability to thrive at Siena. Coach Pierre also has the added benefit of being the first full-time head coach in the history of the program, meaning he is on-campus full-time to work toward the development of the storied Siena program. The staff has singled out four goals they hope to discover in every recruit, each illustrating a particular quality of an individual’s constitution.
The first goal is to find athletes who are willing to pay the price in the classroom and excel academically – students who realize they can open more doors in the world with a sound education than a hard spike. Second, the aim is to discover proven leaders – athletes who are not afraid to be the go-to players when the score is tied late in the match.
Third, the goal is to find athletes who have the unique ability to make the players around them better – students who demonstrate knowledge of the importance of teamwork and team chemistry.
Finally, the staff looks for something many Division I schools do not. The Siena coaches recruit players who are willing to laugh and have fun. After all, volleyball is just a game, and, while at times it is intense and serious, without the laughs, smiles and friendships developed, it would not be worth playing.
This type of athlete is not easy to find, but the Siena coaching staff remains dedicated to the search – committed to keep the rich tradition of Siena volleyball alive.
The Siena volleyball team receives exposure like no other school in the MAAC and few in the region. For the sixth straight year, the athletic department will televise three home matches on Time Warner Cable in the Capital Region this season. Additionally, these telecasts will be streamed live on the world-wide-web, and for the second straight year time, the athletic department will web stream all home matches this season live at SienaAllAccess.com. The Capital Region media has also become increasingly aware of the program’s success, meaning the three local newspapers and five area television stations are regularly around campus to catch up on the latest Siena volleyball happenings. Parents and friends can also follow the live stats for every home match live from their computer at home through CBS College Sports Gametracker technology at SienaSaints.com. Each student-athletes hometown media is kept aware of student-athletes success as are parents and friends through a detailed e-mail distribution list.