AVEN LEE HIRED AS ASSISTANT VOLLEYBALL COACH

AVEN LEE HIRED AS ASSISTANT VOLLEYBALL COACH

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Aven Lee (pronounced Eh-ven), who brings 14 years of volleyball coaching experience to the Hornets and spent five years as a player at Hawai'i, was hired today as assistant volleyball coach at Sacramento State.

She will be joined on the Hornet sidelines by head coach Ruben Volta and assistant coach Jason Borchin when the 2015 indoor season begins in August. In addition, Lee will serve as the team's director of operations for the sand volleyball season which begins next month.

Lee spent two years as an assistant at Nevada (2013-14), and the four previous seasons at Pacific (2009-12). With those two teams, she handled numerous responsibilities, including recruiting, in-game offensive tracking and strategizing, serve receive and defensive systems, outside hitter and libero training, on-court instruction, execution of drills, travel, academics, admissions, eligibility, compliance and match scouting.

Collegiately, she also spent one season (2004) as a volunteer assistant coach at Hawai'i Pacific.

"With her experience, Aven will be helping out in all facets of our program, from recruiting to training players on the court to team scouting," Volta said. "She has experience in virtually every area of coaching, and I'm very happy she has become a Hornet."

Lee was involved with USA Volleyball where she coached for various USA High Profile camps and teams, including the 2009 Women's National A2 Team and the 2008 Girls Junior National A2 Team.

Lee spent a decade coaching out of Hawaii at the junior national and high school levels. She coached club for Asics Rainbows VBC, Imi Ike VBC, Kilohana VBC, Magnum 5.0 VBC, and Quicksets VBC on the islands.

The Honolulu native also coached high school varsity girls volleyball in Hawaii as both a head coach and assistant. Lee spent two seasons as the head coach for Honolulu's Kalani High School, where she was the 2003 Oahu Interscholastic Association Coach of the Year after her team finished third in the state.

Prior to coaching, Lee played five years at the University of Hawai'i for Dave Shoji and Charlie Wade from 1996-00 (redshirt in 1998). Lee played both outside hitter and defensive specialist for the Rainbow Wahine, primarily at defensive specialist. That included appearing in all 31 matches during her junior season, and all 32 matches as a senior.

During her four active seasons, Hawai'i combined to post a 120-15 overall record, a perfect 60-0 record in the Western Athletic Conference, a pair of Final Four appearances (1996, 2000), a 1999 Sweet 16 appearance, and four conference championships.

"Aven played at a high level for an exceptional program in college, and that can only benefit our players in terms of expressing what is required to be a successful team," Volta said.

Lee graduated with a Sociology degree from Hawai'i in 2002.