Brittany Salloum
Louisiana College
Brittany Salloum
Head Coach
brittany.salloum@lacollege.edu
Louisiana College
Division 3

Louisiana College athletic director [Dennis Dunn](https://www.lcwildcats.net/staff.aspxstaff=6) announced on April 15 Brittany Salloum of Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pa., will be school's first-ever Women's Volleyball coach. "Its really exciting to get to be the first. When you go into a program that has been around, you're taking the pieces of that and changing things to what you think can be done better," Salloum said. "We have the opportunity to do it our way from the start. The girls that are a part of this first team have the chance to lay the foundation for what LC volleyball is going to be." This will be Salloum's first head coaching job. Since 2014 she held the graduate assistant position at one of the nation's elite programs, Messiah College, under Head Coach Judi Tobias.  Before that, she served as first assistant coach at Williams College and on Club teams in Mechanicsburg, Pa. and Toledo, Ohio. A graduate of Messiah College, Salloum earned BS in Business Administration and an MA in Higher Education with a concentration in College Athletics Leadership. Reflective of her time playing at Messiah College, Salloum's coaching philosophy is to be a student of the game.  "They should never be satisfied with their current level of knowledge, understanding, or even skill.  They should continue to strive to reach the bar that the coach has set for them," Salloum said. Dunn echoed that thought process: "We want our athletes at Louisiana College to compete at their highest level, but even more than that, to be able to apply what they've learned here from our coaches and their professors for years to come after they've left LC." As a player and coach, Salloum learned from Tobias that coaching is more than Xs and Os. "[Tobias] was one of the first strong Christian women in my life; she was a mentor to me," Salloum said. "Through her, I saw the value a coach can have beyond actual coaching -- teaching more than just techniques, but what it means to be a Godly influence on and off the court." Tobias said of Salloum's career at Messiah: "She came in as manager on the team after not being able to play her senior year of high school and then ended up getting a uniform. During drills and practice, I could see she was on par with other girls that were playing every game." Tobias added, "She is a tremendous competitor, very driven and is very technical in her skill evaluation.  That drive that she has about volleyball is the same kind of drive and pursuit that she has for God, continually striving to be more like Him everyday." Messiah College athletic director, Jack Cole, said, "Brittany has an outstanding work ethic with excellent knowledge of the skills, techniques, and strategies to build a successful NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball program." "She relates well to student-athletes and her philosophy is based on a holistic experience for the  student-athletes; Brittany will expect excellence in all areas and she will model these attributes on a  daily basis." Cole said Salloum's "faith plays a role in how she makes volleyball about more than just the game  but the relationship's built between teammates, coaches, and most importantly God." "Brittany has been able to lead student-athletes in Bible studies, individual conversations with student-athletes regarding their faith journeys, and be a role model of Christian faith on a daily basis.  The faith component is a major part of the holistic experience that Brittany will instill in the Women's  Volleyball program at Louisiana College." Louisiana College president, Dr. Rick Brewer, said, "We are pleased to add Coach Brittany Salloum to LC's Coaching staff. Coach Salloum has playing and coaching experience at one of the NCAA  Division III premier volleyball programs which will serve as a framework for the LC volleyball program as it is launched. Brittany's commitment to Faith Integration, consistent with the focus of our faculty, staff and coaches, underscores the LC's vision for preparing graduates and transforming lives." Salloum will officially take over the reigns of the volleyball program on August 1.  She has already begun the recruiting process for athletes in preparation for the Fall Semester when LC will compete at the club level.  The team will play matches against other club or JV teams in the region before moving to full sponsorship as a Division III team in the fall of 2017.