CCU

       

Ivana Rich
Ivana Rich

Position:
Assistant Coach

Experience:
First at CCU

Alma Mater:
Virginia Commonwealth University, 2009


Ivana Rich was named an assistant volleyball coach at Coastal Carolina University on Jan. 16, 2014.

Rich spent the last three seasons as head coach at Division II Virginia State University. Rich took over the VSU volleyball program with a philosophy based on the core goal of using volleyball as an instrument to become a better student-athlete as well as a better person. The Trojans were 10-17 overall and 8-8 in CIAA play during her first season in 2011. In just a short period of time, Rich set the groundwork for a successful program. In 2012, she led the Trojans to a 15-12 overall record and 13-3 conference record. The Trojans finished second in the CIAA Northern Division and had five players named to an All-CIAA team. Rich guided her team to 14 wins during the regular season, the most wins by a VSU volleyball team since the 2004 season. Rich made a name for herself at VSU and in the community taking advantage of every opportunity to give back. Rich was a recipient of the 2012 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Minority Scholarship. In her final year at VSU, she led the team to a 17-11 record and a 14-2 mark in conference play. The team captured a CIAA Northern Division title and had five all-conference selections including the 2013 CIAA Rookie of the Year.

Rich was named the 2013 CIAA Coach of the Year during her final season at VSU. She also attended and graduated from the NCAA Women Coaches Academy.

Prior to VSU, Rich served as the volunteer assistant coach at Chowan University, helping lead them to a CIAA championship in 2010. In addition to her assistant coaching experience, Rich also coached club volleyball at MidAtlantic Volleyball Club in Midlothian, Virginia and various camps at Virginia Commonwealth University and Tusculum College.

Rich played four years as a part of the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) women's volleyball program playing both middle blocker and right-side hitter. As a senior and captain of the VCU team, she help lead the Lady Rams to their first regular season conference championship in school history and the 65th best RPI in the nation. During her tenure at VCU, she was awarded All-CAA first team (2008), All-CAA second team (2009), All-CAA tournament team (2009) and COBRA Magazine All-National third team (2009). Rich also broke two school records, the VCU all-time blocks record, finishing with a total of 384 blocks in 117 career matches and the single season hitting percentage record charting .332.

Rich received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University and a master's degree in sport management from Virginia State University.

Rich, a native of Cumberland County, Virginia, comes from a family "rich" in athletics. Her oldest brother, Diamand Rich played football for Shenandoah University and her youngest brother, Jule Rich, is entering his junior season on the track & field team at North Carolina State University. Her father, Alfonso Belle, coached football for over twenty years at Cumberland High School and semi-professional football. Rich is also the daughter of Dr. Michelle Belle, the recipient of the first Doctoral degree from Virginia State University. Rich is a legacy member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.