Former assistant Andrea Dowdy rejoins the VCU Volleyball staff in 2012 as director of operations. She’ll handle team travel, gameday operations and serve as director of the James Finley Volleyball Camps.
Dowdy previously spent six seasons with the Rams from 2002-07 as an assistant coach (2002-06) and as associate head coach (2007). She spent three seasons as a member of current Head Coach James Finley’s staff and was instrumental in VCU’s first Colonial Athletic Association title and NCAA berth in 2005.
“I’m excited to be returning to VCU, where I enjoyed six incredible years,” Dowdy said. “I can’t wait to help the Rams chase an Atlantic 10 Conference Championship.”
From 2008-12, Dowdy coached the varsity volleyball team at The Steward School, where she also taught for three years. Dowdy is currently the assistant director of the Mid Atlantic Volleyball Club in Chesterfield, Va.
Dowdy served as a coach at the Richmond Volleyball Club from 2002-07, including a post as an assistant for RVC’s 17 National Team. She helped guide four RVC teams to Old Dominion Regional Championships, which earned those squads berths to compete in the USA Volleyball National Championships. She has also assisted with the USA National Team’s High Performance Tryouts.
A veteran of several area camps, Dowdy’s resume includes stints working James Finley’s Camps, as well as those hosted by RVC and the University of Virginia.
As a collegian, Dowdy starred as an outside hitter for Virginia from 1997-2001. The former Cavalier left UVA as the school record-holder for career service aces (154) and aces in a match (7), and was one of only seven players in school history to reach 1,000 kills. She was named the team’s Most Valuable Player as a senior in 2001 and was selected to the ACC All-Rookie Team in 1997.
Dowdy also played on the RVC adult women’s team that reached the USA Adult National Championships in Denver in 2007.
A native of Santa Barbara, Calif., Dowdy graduated from UVA in 2002 with a B.A. in Philosophy. She lives in Richmond with her husband, Brian, and their two daughters, Ashton (3) and Kendall (1).