Alayon takes reigns at Manhattanville
Former Farleigh Dickinson player chosen to lead Valiants
PURCHASE, N.Y. -- After a four-year collegiate career at Farleigh Dickinson, Amanda Alayon will bring that experience with her as the next head coach of the Manhattanville women's volleyball program, Athletic Director Keith Levinthal announced on Tuesday morning.
“I am excited to have Amanda take over the reigns of our women's volleyball program,” Levinthal said. “She brings an enthusiasm for the game of volleyball and a strong tactical background that should carry over well to the players both on and off the court. We expect the program to continue its forward progress under her watch this season.”
“I would first of all like to thank Keith for giving me the opportunity to coach the volleyball team here at Manhattanville,” Alayon said. “I am beyond excited to bring an upbeat energy and positive attitude to this year's squad. This season I intend on turning this program around through hard work and dedication both from the team and from myself. It is not going to be easy, but I cannot wait for a fresh start with this group of girls.”
During her senior season, Alayon also served as head women's volleyball coach at the Red Raider Volleyball Club in Thiells, N.Y., performing all aspects of the job including planning and conducting practices, coordinating schedules and making travel arrangements. During the 2009-10 season, she served as an assistant coach with the TCA New Jersey Under-18 team, where she helped with the development of Ariel Scott, who has gone on to play with four-time defending national champion Penn State.
Alayon brings four years of Division I experience to Manhattanville after playing at the collegiate level at FDU. She was a two-year starter as a defensive specialist for the Knights, starting all 64 matches over her final two years. After a breakout junior season in which she posted 228 digs and ranked second on the team in assists, she had her best year as a senior, when she ranked fourth on the squad with a career-high 252 digs and 24 service aces and also ranked third on the team in assists.
In four years with the Knights, she recorded 507 career digs (1.75/set), 47 service aces and 47 assists. Off the court, the scholarship student-athlete was a four-year member of the Northeast Conference Academic Honor Roll and was named a FDU Knights Scholar-Athlete in all four seasons.