Brittney Lee enters her first season as the head women’s volleyball coach for Southern Virginia University.
In her first season as an assistant coach at Southern Virginia during the 2013 season, Lee helped head coach Paige Hiatt guide a young Knight squad to a 15-9 overall record, including an impressive 6-3 record against Capital Athletic Conference teams in its first season as a member of the league. She also helped the Knights to a solid 8-2 record in front of their home crowd at Knight Sports Arena.
She helped coach two Knights to the All-CAC Second Team – freshman April Bennett and junior Kaitlyn Eaton – while also coaching senior Tori Tuttle to USCAA honorable mention and senior Shyanne Ison and junior Jamie Pinkston to USCAA All-Academic honors.
Prior to Southern Virginia, Lee coached club volleyball in Glendale, Ariz., during the 2012 season and served as junior varsity girls volleyball head coach at Sandra Day O’Connor High School for a season in 2011.
In addition to volleyball, Lee has coaching experience in track and field as well, working as an assistant coach at Mountain Ridge High School and Canyon View High School, respectively.
A 2011 graduate, Lee played women’s volleyball at Southern Utah University where she earned All-Summit League honors and ranked within the top 5 of the conference in assists her junior and senior years.
Before Southern Utah, Lee was a two-sport athlete at Glendale Community College in Arizona, playing volleyball while also participating on the track and field squad. Including being named an NJCAA All-American twice (2007, 2008), Lee led the Gauchos to a 2008 ACCAC women’s volleyball conference title as well.
During her playing days at Mountain Ridge High School, Lee earned two volleyball all-state citations and was named all-region Player of the Year as a senior while helping her team win the 5A state championship in 2004.
Lee has a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Southern Utah University.
She and her husband, Jager, a member of Southern Virginia’s football team, reside in Buena Vista with their daughter, Brooke.
Alison Brown enters her first season as an assistant volleyball coach at Southern Virginia University.
A former multi-sport athlete for the Knights, Brown (formerly Krebs) was a member of the volleyball and softball programs at Southern Virginia.
A volleyball team captain in 2010, Brown earned both USCAA All-American and USCAA All-Academic honors as well as being named to the VaSID academic all-state team.
As a fantastic junior in 2009, she led the Knights to a third-place finish at the USCAA national tournament en route to USCAA All-America honors and VaSID Second Team All-State. Brown also was named a USCAA All-Academic recipient and Southern Virginia’s Female Athlete of the Year.
As a softball scholar-athlete for two seasons, Brown was a USCAA All-Academic recipient in both 2009 and 2011.
On top of playing high school volleyball in her hometown of Lebanon, Oregon, Brown was a member of the NoDinx/Corvallis Volleyball Club before playing for one season at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon in 2007. At LBCC she holds the current record for assists in a single match at 67 and helped her team to a fifth-place finish at the NWAACC tournament.
Alison and her husband, Lancaster, reside in Buena Vista with their daughter, Whitley.
Melissa Owen enters her first season as an assistant coach for the women’s volleyball team.
She comes to Southern Virginia from Laguna Beach, California, where she served as head coach for the 14-year-old squad of the Laguna Beach Volleyball Club from 2012-14 and also as the head coach at St. Mary’s School in Aliso Niguel, California.
Owen also coached for the United States Youth Volleyball League from 2011-13.
After high school, she earned a volleyball scholarship to Utah State University in Logan, Utah, in 2001 before transferring to BYU-Idaho where she both played and coached for its club volleyball team.
Owen graduated from Capistrano Valley High (Mission Viejo, Calif.) in 2001 after transferring from nearby Aliso Niguel High. At Capistrano, she earned CIF honorable mention honors and was second on her team in blocks and kills.
At Aliso Niguel, she achieved all-league honors for two consecutive seasons.
Jager Lee enters his first season as the women’s volleyball recruiting coordinator at Southern Virginia.
Jager was a member of the football team during the 2013 season but was limited in action due to injury.
His wife, Brittney, is the head women’s volleyball coach at Southern Virginia. The couple resides in Buena Vista with their daughter, Brooke.