Longtime UNC volleyball assistant Eve Rackham was named the new head coach of the program at the University of Tennessee on Wednesday, after spending the last nine seasons on staff in Chapel Hill.
Rackham has been the assistant head coach under Joe Sagula since 2013, and has been responsible for both recruiting and the team’s offensive development.
Named the 2014 AVCA Division I Assistant Coach of the Year, Rackham helped Sagula guide the Tar Heels to a 210-77 record during her time on the bench–including seven consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2010-16.
Her coaching career to this point–which also includes stops at East Carolina and Florida International–has largely mirrored her successful playing career.
Rackham was a First Team All-ACC selection as the Tar Heels’ starting setter from 1999-2002, and led UNC to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances. She also finished as part of the winningest class in school history–piling up a record of 110-27 during her four years as a college player.
Rackham’s 12.58 assists per set remains the all-time record at UNC.
She will take over a Tennessee program which finished 2017 with a 12-15 record, prompting head coach Rob Patrick to resign after his 21st year in charge of the team.
“I am honored to be named the new head volleyball coach at the University of Tennessee,” Rackham said. “While I will always cherish my time at the University of North Carolina, I could not be more excited for this opportunity. I look forward to building on the foundation of success laid by Rob Patrick during his 21 years.”
Eve Rackham has been named the next head coach of the Tennessee volleyball program!
Welcome to Rocky Top, Coach Rackham! 🍊🏐
— Tennessee Volleyball (@Vol_VBall) January 10, 2018
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