Amanda Newell begins her fifth season as an assistant coach with The Citadel Volleyball program. Her primary responsibilities include on-court coaching, the development of The Citadel’s setters as well as video exchange and distribution.
Newell’s work with the setters has showed signs of significant progress during her tenure with The Citadel program. Since her arrival in 2008 the team has amassed the fifth-most assists (3,524) over any three-year span in history. This has resulted in an assist per set average of 10.21 per game in that same span. The sound play of Bulldog setters tied the mark established from 2003-05 for the best attack percentage (.169; 3,860 kills, 1,937 errors, 11,402 total attacks) during any three-year stretch.
Newell’s work with junior setter Alexa Dahlstrom helped her establish a single-season career-high 392 assists in 2010. In addition, Newell also developed sophomore Erin Bucherl, who led the team with 419 assists during her rookie campaign. The two guided a Bulldog unit that tallied 1,136 assists last season.
Prior to joining the staff in 2008, Newell spent two years as the head junior varsity coach at Northwood Academy in North Charleston, S.C., where she also served as assistant coach for the varsity team. Both years, she led her junior varsity team to a second place finish in the conference.
On the club volleyball circuit, Newell recently served as head coach of the Charleston Junior Club team, comprised of 15-year-olds. In 2010, her team finished in Gold in two tournaments, including the Southern Classic. Prior to that she was head coach for Coastal Club Volleyball in Charleston, where she coached the 14-year-olds.
During her four-year playing career at Wofford, primarily as the setter, she ranks sixth on the school’s all-time assists list. With Joe Bowman at the helm in her third year, Newell was also a defensive specialist and right side hitter.
Newell and her husband, Garrick, have a son, Ian.