BUCKHANNON – West Virginia Wesleyan head volleyball coach Ashley Ziegle recently hired her new assistant coach for the upcoming 2016 season – Chanel Davis.
Davis is originally from Wilmington, N. C. and a 2008 graduate of John T. Hoggard High School.
She attended Kennesaw State University for two years before graduating from the University of West Alabama in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications.
She is currently working on a Master's Degree in Adult Continuing Education.
Davis was a standout volleyball player while attending West Alabama, breaking the school record in hitting percentage in a game (.750) against Birmingham Southern College. She had career highs of 21 kills and 11 blocks against Arkansas Montevallo.
For her efforts at West Alabama, she was named a two-time All-Gulf South Conference performer.
Davis, who helped Ziegle with her volleyball camp this summer, is eager to begin her professional career as a Bobcat.
"My decision to come to Wesleyan and accept the position of assistant coach was to make a difference in the program," Davis said. "Choosing to come here, I feel was a perfect fit for me and very relatable with having attended and played at a school of similar size at West Alabama. My love of the game and everything volleyball will make this experience very enjoyable and memorable by becoming a part of West Virginia Wesleyan volleyball."
Davis said the transition moving to Buckhannon and Wesleyan has been an easy one.
"My first thoughts of Wesleyan and Buckhannon was a familiarity and resemblance of my alma mater," she explained. "The small-town presence and feel is something I became accustomed to in Alabama. I like the experience of becoming part of a community with the opportunity to bring a positive contribution."
Davis said her goal as an assistant coach is to create a positive atmosphere and install hard work while creating strong-minded, goal-oriented and dedicated student-athletes.
"I will strive to make each and every volleyball player solid and push them to athletic heights unknown to them," she said. "My plan is to improve skills and raise expectations not only in the players but in myself as well."
Davis believes her experience as a college volleyball player will be a strong attribute to assisting the program.
"I have been a player at both the Division I and II collegiate level," she said. "So I know first-hand all that they will encounter on and off the court as well as the challenges of being a full-time student-athlete. I have been in their shoes. Volleyball is a mental game. It starts with the right attitude and giving your best effort at all times. I will do my very best to deliver all that was instilled in my 14 years of playing."
The volleyball team will begin their season on Sept. 2 at the West Chester Invitational Ram Fest.
"I am extremely excited to have added Chanel to the volleyball coaching staff," Ziegle remarked. "I believe she will help transform many of our players into stronger and better volleyball players."
Davis concluded, "I am very excited for the upcoming season and I am very grateful for this opportunity and proud to become a part of the Bobcat family. I hope to make my presence here one that is memorable as well as inspiring to everyone in which I encounter. I am proud to announce that I too now bleed Orange and Black. It's go hard or go home!"