Sally Polhamus, a five-year member of the Georgia Tech volleyball
coaching staff, has been tabbed the new head coach for the Winthrop
Eagles volleyball team, as announced by Winthrop University Tuesday
Ashley Beyer of Blomington, IL has elected to play for the Jackets.
“Ashley was highly recruited because she is a tremendous athlete who
has a great foundation of skills,” said Andy Erins of the Illini Elite
Volleyball Club for whom Beyer plays. “Georgia Tech saw her as someone
who could step right in and be an outside hitter and be a six-rotation
player for them.
“She is very similar in size and athleticism to
an All-American outside hitter they will be graduating and they see
Ashley as someone who can step in and fill that role.”
She will enroll at Georgia Tech on a full scholarship in the fall of
2008. The first college she visited was Georgia Tech. She visited many
other schools after that, but didn’t find one she liked as well.
have a great program,” said Beyer, who averaged 4.1 kills and 3.1 digs
per game while leading BHS to a Sweet Sixteen berth and a 33-4 record
“The school is not too big or too small. They had the
1996 Olympics there (at Atlanta, Ga.) so the facilities and dorms are
great. The campus is great and the coach (Bond Shymansky) is awesome.”
Prior to accepting the head coaching position at Wingate [NC], Shelton Collier was the head volleyball coach
at Georgia Tech for 11 seasons, developing a nationally-prominent
program in Atlanta.
Shelton Collier led the USA
Women’s Youth National Team to a gold medal at the 2006 NORCECA Youth
Championships in Gainesville, Fla. July 25-30 With the first-place
finish, the USA secured an automatic qualification to the 2007 Youth
World Championships to be held in Mexicali and Tijuana, Mexico next
The 2006 victory gives Collier his second NORCECA gold medal as a head
coach. In 2004, Collier coached the USA Junior National Team to the
NORCECA championship. The following year, he took the team to the World
Championships in Ankara, Turkey.
The Georgia Tech volleyball team had its 2006 recruiting class named
21st in the nation by prepvolleyball.com. It marks the third time in
the last five years that Tech has had its recruiting class ranked in
the Top 25 as the 2005 class was ranked No. 8 and the 2002 class was
ranked No. 19.
The Yellow Jackets were also the highest ranked school in the
Atlantic Coast Conference, narrowly beating out North Carolina (28),
Florida State (29), Duke (highest honorable mention) and Virginia
(highest honorable mention).
After conducting nearly two weeks of practice, the Georgia Tech
volleyball team will host a scrimmage Saturday in O'Keefe Gymnasium.
The Yellow Jackets will host Auburn and Georgia State and fans are
welcome to attend as admission to the scrimmage is free.
The day will begin at 10 a.m. with the three teams playing in a variety
of point scoring drills. Then at 1:30 p.m., the Yellow Jackets will
take on Auburn, followed by a match between Auburn and Georgia State
and then ending with Tech facing the Panthers.
If you're not over obsessed with non-GT basketball, you can see the Softballers and Volleyballers all in an afternoon. Just bring your XM radio and earplugs.