Coach Ligia is beginning her third season coaching with 850 Elite, and she is also our Indoor Programming Director. Without Ligia, Terri would be in deep…trouble 🙂
BRAGS: In her 2015/2016 season with 850 Elite, Ligia took her 14s team to tournament gold at Pounders, Silver at Wavefest, 2nd in the Bronze division at the Disney Showcase, and Bronze at the Moulton Pre-Qualifier in Tampa and at the Gulf Coast Classic!!
Last season, Ligia’s 15s team won Gold at Regionals, capping a hugely successful season which included: Silver at Big South in the USA Division!!, Gold at the Tampa Moulton Pre-Qualifier, Gold at Wavefest, Gold bracket at First Lady Challenge. and at Pounders.
Ligia Willis spent three seasons with the Troy volleyball program. Willis served as assistant coach in her first two seasons with the Trojans, and her first as a volunteer assistant coach. In 2012, Willis was part of a staff that led the Trojans to a second place finish in the Sun Belt, after being picked to finish ninth in the preseason poll.
Willis came to Troy after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D. The Wolves posted a combined record of 26-32 in her two seasons.
Prior to her tenure with the Wolves, Willis spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Berry College in Rome, Ga., including a stint as interim head coach in 2008. During that 2008 season, Willis coached an AVCA NAIA All-American as well as the SSAC Player of the Year and Libero of the Year. During Willis’s tenure, the Vikings also produced a pair of All-Region players, four first team All-SSAC players and four NAIA Scholar Athletes.
Willis has coached club teams such as the NESD Juniors Volleyball Club in Aberdeen, S.D., and the Dig to Win Volleyball Club in Chattanooga, Tenn. She also spent time in 2010 as the lead tryout coach for USA Volleyball.
As a player, Willis was an NAIA All-American and Academic All-American at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. She helped lead the Flames to four straight conference and regional tournament titles from 2004 to 2007.
Ligia is a Certified Gold Medal Square coach who has taught multiple clinics for GMS over the last 8 years.The Curitiba, Brazil, native received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Lee University in 2007 before earning a Master’s in Business Administration from Berry College in 2009. She also enjoys fishing (when she catches fish), running, watching football, country music and boiled peanuts (do we see a theme developing, here?) !