Lindsey Devine was announced as the head volleyball coach at The University of Alabama on Dec. 18, 2018.
"We were very impressed with Lindsey's experience and success on the college level, as well as her experience with USA Volleyball," said UA Director of Athletics Greg Byrne. "She's been able to compete at the highest levels both nationally and within conference play on a consistent basis. From talking with some of her former student-athletes, it was obvious she is a great coach and cares about the well-roundedness of her student-athletes on the court, academically and socially."
Devine arrives in Tuscaloosa following a successful 16-year stint at East Tennessee State as its all-time winningest coach. Under her tenure, 28 players earned all-conference accolades, including three Player of the Year, three Libero of the Year and two Freshman of the Year award-winners.
"It is an honor and a privilege to be named the next head volleyball coach at The University of Alabama," said Devine. "From the minute that I engaged in conversations with the search committee, to the moment I stepped on campus to visit, it was clear that The University of Alabama was comprised of very educated, passionate and committed individuals, who demonstrated a positive comradery of dedication to excellence. I would like to thank Director of Athletics Greg Byrne, Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator Marie Robbins and the entire search committee for communicating to me their vision for the athletic department with such passion and energy. There is already a great foundation in place for this program to be successful, and I look forward to building on that.
"I will always cherish my coaching career at ETSU. I am extremely thankful to Dr. Brian Noland, Scott Carter, Kay Lennon, Dr. Sander and all the student-athletes for helping me grow ETSU volleyball over the past 16 years.
"I would also like to thank my husband, Carl, and children, Megan and Owen, for their continued support over the years. We are all very excited about this next chapter and have already added 'Roll Tide!' to our vocabulary."
During the 2018 season, she was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year for the second time in three years after leading the Buccaneers to a regular season conference title and its highest win total (28) since 1983. ETSU earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, the first team in Southern Conference history to do so, marking back-to-back postseason appearances for the Bucs.
Off the court, ETSU sported a 100 percent graduation rate under Devine and earned the AVCA Team Academic Award each of the last nine years, which requires at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade point average.
Over her 16-year coaching career at ETSU, she compiled the most victories by a coach in program history and directed the Bucs to their second NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017 after sweeping all of its opponents during a dominant run through the Southern Conference Tournament. She was the 2016 SoCon Coach of the Year after guiding the Bucs to a 21-7 regular-season record, including an undefeated 11-0 home record.
Since 2005, she had 28 players earn All-Conference honors including multiple Freshman of the Year, Libero of the Year and Player of the Year honorees. Three of her former players went on to play in the international ranks in Crystal Palmer (Croatia), Megan Devine (Sweden) and Meredith Hardy (Switzerland)
In addition to her collegiate experience, Devine has had been a succesful coach on the national level with USA Volleyball. She assisted the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team at the 2012 European Challenge before winning silver at the 2013 World Championships, its first medal at the event. The following year, she helped guide the team to a gold-medal finish at the 2014 NORECA World Championship Qualification Tournament and silver with the U.S. Girl’s Youth National Team at that year’s NORECA Women’s U-18 Continental Championship in Costa Rica.
Devine began her coaching career at Durham Attack Volleyball Club in Ontario, serving two years as assistant coach for the 17 Boys Elite, earning back-to-back National Championships.
Devine is a graduate of York University in Toronto, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in English, physical education and education. She received a master’s degree in sports management from ETSU in 2014 and a Global Sport Leadership Doctoral in 2018. She was an outside hitter on York’s volleyball team from 1984-88, earning four all-province titles and a bronze medal at the 1985 Canadian National Championships.
Devine and her husband, Carl, have two children, Megan and Owen.
Ladislav Lelkes joined the Crimson Tide as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator in January of 2019 after previously working with head coach Lindsey Devine at East Tennessee State.
During the 2018 season, Lelkes helped to lead the Buccaneers to a regular season Southern Conference title and its highest win total (28) since 1983. ETSU earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, the first team in conference history to do so, marking back-to-back postseason appearances for the Bucs. In a season full of breakthroughs for ETSU, they beat nationally-ranked Tennessee, Washington State and NCAA Tournament participant Duke. ETSU also earned its highest RPI in the school’s history at 33.
2017 was Lelkes’ first season as an assistant coach at ETSU. After finishing second during the regular season, the Bucs won the Southern Conference Tournament in dominating fashion without dropping a set to earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Lelkes served at ETSU as the recruiting coordinator and his main focus was to train team blocking. During the both seasons, the team led the Southern Conference in blocks-per-set and their middle blockers finished in the top-3 individually as well.
Prior to his time at ETSU, Lelkes was an assistant coach at East Carolina in 2016 and Barton College in 2014 and 2015. He played two seasons on Barton’s men’s team serving as a team captain in 2012 and 2013.
Lelkes was also a part of the VKP Bratislava volleyball club at various levels from 2001-2011. Lelkes helped Bratislava to two National Championships and Slovakian Cup Title.
Megan Ailshie comes to Alabama after serving as head coach from 2016-2018 at Dobyns-Bennett High School, her alma mater, where she led the team to a third-place finish at the Tennessee state tournament in 2018.
Ailshie, formerly Megan Devine, played for her mother, current Alabama head coach Lindsey Devine at East Tennessee State University. After her playing career, she served as the Volunteer Assistant Coach at ETSU in 2015. At the club level, she has spent the last seven years as the head coach of for Kingsport Volleyball Club in Kingsport, Tennessee.
Devine is one of the most decorated players in ETSU volleyball history. The Kingsport, Tennessee native was a three-time First Team All-Atlantic Sun honoree as well as a two-time conference Player of the Year. Devine set multiple Atlantic Sun records, including double-doubles in a season (25), in a conference season (15), most attack attempts in a season (1,586), in conference play (839) and career kills (1940).
Devine also set multiple program records at ETSU including attack attempts (5,650), kills (1,940) and the top two single-season kills-per-game marks (4.49 in 2013 and 4.16 in 2011).
In addition to leading the Bucs to their first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and conference championship in 2013, Devine was also named AVCA All-Region in 2012 and 2013, and was an AVCA Division-1 All-American in 2012.
Off the court, Devine was a four-time A-Sun All-Academic honoree, graduating in the spring of 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. After graduation, she played professionally in Sweden with Hylte VBK where her team finished second in the Swedish League. She received her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Union College in 2016.
Emily Orrick enters her first season as Alabama volleyball's director of operations in 2019.
Orrick previously worked alongside head coach Lindsey Devine at ETSU as a graduate assistant for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
The Bucs made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances during her two years with the team, including the program's highest win total in in 35 years in 2018. ETSU earned an at-large bid to the 2018 NCAA Tournament, the first team in Southern Conference history to do so.
Before joining the staff at ETSU, Orrick was a standout volleyball player at Illinois State, where she played two seasons. She appeared in all 33 matches and 124 sets during her senior year and earned AVCA All-America honorable mention honors and AVCA All-Region accolades. She was an All-MVC First-Team selection in each of her two seasons and MVC Libero of the Year, as well as being named to the MVC Championship All-Tournament Team. She set multiple Illinois State records for on defense, including digs in a match (42) and digs in a season (732), while ranking third among NCAA Division I players in digs-per-set. Orrick also concluded her career with records for digs-per-set in a season (5.90) and a career (5.39). She also finished her career ranked sixth in school history in career digs (1,304), despite playing for just two seasons. Orrick was a five-time MVC Defensive Player of the Week selection in 2014 and was a Senior CLASS Award nominee.
Orrick helped lead the Redbird volleyball team to a 27-6 record in 2014. The team won 23-consecutive matches from Sept. 12 to Dec. 4 and captured the program's first MVC regular-season and tournament titles since 1997. The team also won the program's first NCAA Tournament match since 1997, and the first in program history away from Redbird Arena.
Prior to her time at ISU, Orrick played two seasons at Lincoln Land Community College where she was a two-time NJCAA All-America, all-region, and all-conference selection. She was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year in 2011 and holds the LLCC career digs record with 2,048. Orrick was the first two-time All-American in program history and was inducted into LLCC’s Hall of Fame in 2017.
Orrick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management from Illinois State University in 2015 and a Master of Science in Sport Management from East Tennessee State University in 2019.