Eysha Ambler enters her second season as an assistant coach for the University of Pittsburgh women's volleyball team.
Ambler plays a vital role in the development of the middles and blockers at Pitt. Due to her involvement with the offense last season, the Panthers as a team were ranked 38th in the country in hitting percentage (0.247) in 2009. Additionally, Pitt's Meagan Dooley was also just the third AVCA All-American the program has produced.
Outside of practice times, Ambler's duties also include organizing team travel, balancing the team budget, recruiting and monitoring the academics and eligibility of the squad.
Ambler also coached Pittsburgh Elite Premiere 16 & Under AAU team to a first-place finish in the Seton Hill Tournament, this past April. Assisted by recent graduate and 2009 Libero of the Year Michelle Rossi, Ambler led the squad to place in several other tournaments this past spring.
Before her time at Pitt, Ambler served as an assistant coach at Tennessee State University for five years. While there, she helped the Lady Tigers to two Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) titles and the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance.
During her time at TSU, she also served as a recruiting coordinator and volleyball operations director. She was instrumental in aiding the students with their academic progress and helping them develop quality tutorial programs, while organizing and balancing the volleyball program budget.
Prior to TSU she spent two seasons at OVC rival Jacksonville State University as a graduate assistant. At JSU, she monitored the academic progress of student-athletes, organized travel and film exchange and managed home tournaments and match activities for the volleyball team.
Ambler has worked as the head coach for the Nashville One Volleyball Club and as an assistant with Impact Volleyball Club. Preparing game strategies was among her responsibilities during both tenures.
Ambler played two years on the JSU Gamecocks volleyball squad after transferring from Northwest-Shoals Community College. At JSU she made her mark in the history books as the all-time single-season leader for blocks per game (1.7). She finished her career ranked fourth and seventh in block assists in a single season (92 and 72 respectively) and third in solo blocks (31) in a single season.
Additionally, Ambler was the first three-sport letterman at Jacksonville State dating back to 1985, earning letters in basketball, track and field and volleyball. She graduated from JSU in 2001 with a B.S. in business management and later got her B.S. in education in 2004.
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