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Xavier selects Alabama State assistant as volleyball coach
February 24, 2010

     NEW ORLEANS — Al'lisa Hale is the new women's volleyball coach at Xavier University of Louisiana, Athletics Director Dennis Cousin announced Wednesday.
     Hale, 28 and a native of Mobile, Ala., comes to Xavier from NCAA Division I member Alabama State, where she was assistant volleyball coach the past three seasons and the athletics department's CHAMPS/Life Skills Program coordinator.

Xavier University of Louisiana volleyball coach Al'lisa Hale

AL'LISA HALE
Xavier University's new
women's volleyball coach
          "Al'lisa has a tremendous amount of volleyball knowledge, both as a player and as a recruiting coach," Cousin said. "We think she'll do an excellent job at building this program from the ground up."
     Xavier started a women's volleyball program in 2003 but suspended it after two seasons in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The Gold Nuggets, a member of the NAIA and Gulf Coast Athletic Conference, will resume competition in late August or early September.
     "I like that it's a new program again. I can build it exactly the way I like," Hale said. "That's what makes it better. This is a great opportunity."
     Hale is familiar with New Orleans after playing two seasons (2000 and 2001) at the University of New Orleans. She then transferred to Alabama A&M and helped the Bulldogs win Southwestern Athletic Conference championships in 2002 and 2003. She was first-team All-SWAC as a senior and made the second team as a junior.
     As a freshman at UNO, Stallsworth was a member of the Privateers' Sun Belt Conference Tournament runner-up team.
     Hale, who was known in college as Kneckie Stallsworth, received her bachelor's degree from Alabama A&M in 2005. Before going to Alabama State she was the girls volleyball coach and girls assistant track coach at Mobile's C.F. Vigor High School.
     "Xavier's prestigious reputation attracted me to apply for the job," Hale said. "I love the city. It has a great culture. There's a great excitement that surrounds you there. It's a place that feels like home to me."
     Hale was a three-sport standout — volleyball, basketball and track and field — at Mobile's McGill-Toolen Catholic High School and was chosen the Azalea City Kiwanis Club Female Athlete of the Year for 1999-2000. She was an all-state volleyball player her senior year when she helped McGill-Toolen go 55-2 and win the Class 6A state championship.
     Hale is the mother of a 5-year-old boy, Michael Antuan Hale Jr. She will begin work at Xavier on Monday. Hale can be contacted at (334) 220-7284 or allisahale@yahoo.com.

 

 
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