Florida Southern '14
Ali Skayhan was tapped as an assistant for the San Francisco volleyball team in the summer of 2017, and enters her second year under head coach Frank Lavrisha.
Skayhan brings a wealth of knowledge from the perspective of a player as she cuts her teeth in the coaching world by studying under one of the winningest collegiate coaches in volleyball.
"Coach Ali brings a rich volleyball background from a variety of successful programs at all levels, and she will enhance our ability to go forward and build USF into a contender," noted USF head coach Frank Lavrisha. "Coach Ali has been preparing for such an opportunity and I am confident she will mature into an outstanding collegiate coach. We are very fortunate to have her on our staff and welcome her to the USF family."
Prior to joining the Dons, Skayhan rose up the pro volleyball ranks in Europe, winning a championship in Hungary with BRSE Volleyball Club in 2015, and earning league MVP the following season with SWE Volley Team in the Bundesliga second division in Germany. Last season, again with SWE Volley, she captained the squad
as they made the leap to the top division.
Skayhan played her collegiate volleyball at Florida Southern, where she helped direct the Mocs to four NCAA Division II tournament berths. She rates fourth all-time in assists (3,947), and was twice named to the AVCA All-Region and All-American rolls. Graduating magna cum laude, Skayhan earned her bachelor of science in human movement and performance with a minor in physical education in 2014.
No stranger to the West Coast, Skayhan has strong ties to the Pacific Northwest. Before embarking on a collegiate career in the Sunshine State, Skayhan was a first-team all-state performer and 2009 state champion at Central Catholic HS in Portland, Ore.