After a few weeks of searching for a new coach, Virginia Tech selects Jill Lytle Wilson as their next head coach.
“We are excited to welcome Jill and her husband, Jared, to Virginia Tech,” said Athletic Director, Whit Babcock. “Jill served as an integral component of an LSU program that became a perennial NCAA tournament team during her tenure in the highly-competitive SEC.”
Lytle Wilson become the fifth head coach for the Hokies in the 40-years that the volleyball program has been at Virginia Tech.
She is coming off a successful feat with the LSU program, where as the team recruiting coordinator she signed five top-30 recruiting classes. Lytle Wilson also helped lead the team to six NCAA Tournament appearances and the 2009 SEC Championship. The Tigers also reached 25-wins in 2007, 2009 and 2010, with the team averaging 20 wins per season in her time at LSU.
“I am thrilled and humbled to accept this opportunity to serve as head volleyball coach at Virginia Tech,” said Lytle Wilson. “I’ve been extremely fortunate to have learned so much from all the coaches that I played for and worked with over the years.”
Along with her recruiting reputation, Lytle Wilson helped to produce 15 All-SEC selections, four AVCA All-South Region First Team picks and an AVCA First Team All-American and SEC Player of the Year in Brittnee Cooper.
Lytle Wilson began her coaching career as a graduate assistant coach with Tennessee-Martin in 2001. She is no stranger to the ACC, as she was an assistant at North Carolina for 2002-04 before becoming the top assistant with Wake Forest in 2006.
As a four-year starter for LSU from 1997-2000, she has the playing and coaching experience needed to hold the lead role of a team. While a student-athlete, Lytle Wilson was the Tigers representative on the women’s at-large SEC Good Works Team in 1999-00 and was named the LSU Student-Athlete Volunteer of the Year in 2000.
A Richmond, Texas native, she graduated from LSU with a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in pre-law. While at UT-Martin, she pursued a graduates degree in health and human performance.