Nanabah (pronounced Nah-na-bah) Allison-Brewer took over the
Jackrabbit volleyball program in 2008 after two years as an assistant coach and
recruiting coordinator at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., where the Big
Green compiled a 27-21 record and a pair of fourth place finishes in The Ivy
A Farmington, N.M. native, Allison-Brewer joined the
Dartmouth staff after completing her master's degree in higher education and
serving as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Arizona, where in
her final year, the Wildcats advanced in the elite eight at the 2006 NCAA
Before continuing her education at Arizona, Allison-Brewer
served as the head coach for Chinle High School in Arizona, Kirtland Central
High School in New Mexico and Sabino High School in Arizona, earning
Coach-of-the-Year for the Arizona Grand Canyon District 4A in 2000 and for the
New Mexico District 1-4A in 2001. She also worked for two years as the Athletic
Director at Ha:san Preparatory & Leadership School in Tucson, Ariz.
One of just a handful of Native Americans (Navajo) to play
and coach at the Division I level, Allison-Brewer earned four varsity letters
at the University of New Mexico from 1995 to 1999, compiling 1,005 digs and 195
service aces for the Lobos in 417 games over 118 matches.
When she graduated in 2000 with a degree in statistics,
Allison-Brewer ranked eighth at New Mexico in career digs and in career service
The 1998 Western Athletic Conference Defensive
Specialist-of-the-Year, the Native American Sports Council tabbed her the Woman
Sport Warrior-of-the-Year in 1999.
In addition to her volleyball skills, Allison-Brewer played
on the 1997 Lobo women's basketball team that won the WAC postseason title and
advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Adding to her list of accomplishments, on July 7, 2006,
Allison-Brewer played on a Native American volleyball team comprised of former
and current college players, and won the gold medal at the North American
Indigenous Games in Denver, Colo.
An active member in sports organizations like the U.S.
Volleyball Diversity Committee, Allison-Brewer represented the U.S. Olympic
Committee at the International Olympic Academy held in Olympia, Greece in 1998.
The founder and president of the Native American Volleyball
Academy (NAVA), Allison-Brewer remains active numerous organizations, including
the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Minority Coaches Committee
and as a member of the USA Volleyball Diversity Commission.
Allison-Brewer and her husband Joseph Brewer have two girls,
I'yawa Daisy (6) and See-na-ne Nanabah Curly Brewer (3).
Allison-Brewer compiled a 10-17 in her first season on the
Jackrabbit bench, but finished strong, giving the team high hopes for a top
finish in The Summit League.