Volleyball promotes coach

TUSCALOOSA -- University of Alabama assistant volleyball coach Michelle Durban has been promoted to associate head coach for the Crimson Tide squad by head coach Judy Green.

Durban, a native of Edgewood, Ky., begins her fourth season with the Tide this fall. During her tenure at the Capstone, Alabama has amassed a 63-32 overall record and posted three consecutive winning seasons. UA also captured the 2000 SEC Western Division crown in Durban's first season.

"This promotion is a tremendous honor for me," said Durban. "It is a real privilege for me to continue my association with this university, this volleyball program, the student-athletes and Coach Green. I have enjoyed my time at Alabama and I am looking forward to the challenges associated with this new role."

A 1996 graduate of Indiana University, Durban was a four-year letter winner for the Hoosiers. As a starting setter at IU, she finished her playing career as the program's all-time assist leader and earned All Big Ten honorable mention accolades during her senior season. Durban earned a master's degree from Indiana in 1997 and then joined the coaching staff at Butler University. She helped lead the Butler program to its first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 1997.

"I am thrilled to be promoting Michelle to associate head coach," said Green. "I am also very excited about Michelle's commitment to the Alabama Volleyball program. It is a true honor and blessing to have her on my staff and I value my association with her. This is definitely a well deserved promotion."

Durban and Green have a little over a month before the Tide players return to campus to begin preseason practices in August. Alabama opens the 2003 regular season on Aug. 29-30 at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta.

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