Allison-Brewer steps down as head volleyball coach
Nanabah Allison-Brewer, the head volleyball coach at South Dakota State University the past three seasons, announced late Wednesday that she is stepping down.
"Although this has been a very difficult decision to make, it is the right one for my family and me. Having the opportunity to coach at South Dakota State has been an amazing experience and I know the program will achieve success in the years to come," Allison-Brewer said. "I want to thank the entire Jackrabbit community and the city of Brookings for all of their support, it means a lot to me and my family."
South Dakota State Director of Athletics Justin Sell said a national search to find Allison-Brewer's replacement would begin immediately, with a new head coach expected to begin by March 1. Assistant coach Kristin Belzung will direct the team on an interim basis.
"First and foremost, I'd like to thank Nanabah for all of the work she's done, not only for the volleyball team, but for South Dakota State as a whole," Sell said. "As a parent myself, I know how demanding it can be balancing family life and athletics, and I respect her decision 100 percent. We all wish her the best of luck in whatever the future may bring her and her family."
Allison-Brewer compiled a 36-48 record in three seasons with the Jackrabbits. SDSU finished 10-17 overall in each of her first two seasons, posting .500 records in The Summit League with an 8-8 mark in 2008 and 9-9 in 2009. The 2010 season was her most successful as the Jackrabbits finished 16-14 overall, including a 12-6 mark in league play. SDSU qualified for the four-team Summit League Tournament for the first time since 2007 by winning its last eight regular season conference matches.
Allison-Brewer coached a total of seven all-conference performers at SDSU, including the 2010 Summit League Player of the Year, Kelli Fiegen. Allison-Brewer coached players also flourished in the classroom, with 28 players earning academic all-conference honors during her tenure.
Prior to being hired at SDSU, Allison-Brewer served two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Dartmouth College (N.H.), where the Big Green compiled a 27-21 overall record and a pair of fourth-place finishes in The Ivy League.
A 2000 graduate of the University of New Mexico, Allison-Brewer began her collegiate coaching career by serving as a volunteer assistant at Arizona while completing a master's degree. She also coached at the high school level in Arizona and New Mexico.