Bailey Joins Mean Green Volleyball Staff As Assistant Coach
Newest Addition To North Texas Staff Played, Coached At SMU
DENTON - Head coach Andrew Palileo has announced the addition of Olivia Bailey as an assistant coach to the North Texas volleyball staff. Bailey will replace Rachel Todorovich, who will be pursuing a playing career in Peru.
"Throughout the entire interview process, Olivia really fit the need of a position coach that I was looking for," Palileo said. "She will do a great job for us on the recruiting trail with her presence and I think she will do even better at mentoring our players."
Bailey joins the North Texas staff after most recently serving as director of operations for the SMU volleyball program in 2014, the same season that the Mustangs won a then-school record 26 matches, including a 15-1 mark from its home court.
As a player, Bailey was a setter for SMU during her senior season in 2012, collecting a team-high nine double-doubles and ranking fifth in Conference USA with 980 assists. She played her first three season of collegiate volleyball at Loyola Marymount, where her 2,340 assists still ranks in the top-10 all-time. She earned academic honors in each of her four seasons.
"I was aware of UNT's commitment to their athletic programs and the development of their student-athletes," Bailey said on her decision to join the volleyball staff. "After spending time with Coaches Palileo and Nguyen, I was convinced that the school was the perfect fit for me. Their knowledge of the sport, integrity, positive attitudes and commitment to building a great program made me want to be a part of something that I believe will become significant not only in Texas, but nationally."
A Dallas native, Bailey graduated from SMU in 2013 with a degree in communications while serving as a student assistant for the Mustangs, and she attended high school at The Hockaday School.