Diane Hale
Diane Hale

Last College:
University of Tennessee, 1975

Volunteer Assistant Coach(Fifth Season)

It takes just one word to describe what Diane Hale has meant to The University of Memphis volleyball program over the years --- LEGACY. She is the most successful volleyball coach to lead the U of M volleyball troops. For the last three years, she has returned to a familiar spot on the campus --- the Elma Roane Fieldhouse to assist head coach Carrie Yerty as a volunteer assistant coach. To the benefit of the Tiger Volleyball squad, she just can't stay away from her love of coaching.

An invaluable member of the Tiger Volleyball team, Hale serves as advisor to the program and has been instrumental in using her ties to volleyball alumni and community leaders to help restart the Tiger Volleyball Booster Club. She currently assists the booster club with locating former players.

No stranger to The University of Memphis, Hale has worked the last six years as the director of parking services on campus.

Hale became the third Tiger Volleyball coach in 1978. She inherited a team that previously finished at 23-11 under coach Janice Dunn, and completed her first collegiate coaching season with a 26-19 record. In her second year, she set a new record for wins in a season with a 35-20 mark. That record didn't hold up for long as she returned for her third season, leading the Tigers to a 41-17 finish and an appearance in the AIAW regional. Her 41 victories still stands as the U of M record for most wins in a season.

A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Hale earned her bachelor's degree in education in 1975. She was a four-year member of the UT volleyball team from 1971-74, and took over the reigns of the program in 1975. She spent one season as the head coach for the Lady Vols, leading her squad to a 17-11-2 record before accepting the head coaching job at Iowa State. She coached at Iowa State for the 1976 and 1977 seasons before heading back to her home state to coach at The University of Memphis.

While coaching at The U of M, Hale also served on the board of directors of the United States Volleyball Association's Delta Region. She is credited with bringing the 1983 USVBA National to The U of M and to the Millington Naval Base. She was also instrumental in bringing the United States and Japanese national teams to Memphis for exhibition meetings.

Hale is one of three members on the board of advisors for the Memphis Junior volleyball team. She also serves as an occasional state volleyball referee.

The Diane Hale File
Knoxville, Tenn.

High school
West High School

Alma Mater
Tennessee, 1975

Coaching Background
Univ. of Memphis - Volunteer Asst. Coach (1996-present)
Univ. of Memphis - Head Coach (1978-86)
Univ. of Tennessee - Head Coach (1975)
Iowa State Univ. - Head Coach (1976-77)

Coaching Honors
Most successful volleyball coach at the U of M with a career record of 212-166 in nine seasons

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