KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island volleyball head coach Nicki Holmes has announced that Angel Agu will join him on the sidelines as an assistant coach for the Rams. Agu comes to Rhody after having spent the previous two seasons at Wisconsin, where she helped lead the Badgers to the 2019 NCAA Division I National Championship match.
"I am very excited for Angel to join our Rhody Volleyball family," Holmes said. "She has extensive experience, both within the A-10 as well as on a national scale, and has a very outstanding ability to connect with student-athletes. She will serve our student-athletes well as we strive to be great representatives of URI."
In addition to serving as a volunteer assistant coach for the Wisconsin team that advanced to this past season's national title game after winning the 2019 Big Ten championship, Agu also helped guide the Badgers to the Elite 8 in 2018. During her two years in Madison, the Badgers collected eight AVCA All-America awards while combining to go 52-14 with a 33-7 record in Big Ten play. Additionally, during that two-year span Wisconsin picked up 19 wins over nationally ranked teams and was 7-3 against top-5 programs.
Agu began her collegiate coaching career in the Atlantic 10, serving as a graduate assistant coach at La Salle. There, she helped lead the Explorers to the program's best single-season winning percentage in conference play since joining the A-10.
As a player, Agu had a successful five-year career at perennial A-10 power Dayton from 2011-15. The 6-2 middle blocker was a two-year team captain and four-time Atlantic 10 champion with the Flyers. She helped guide the team to four appearances in the NCAA tournament, where they advanced to the second round three times.
"I am beyond thrilled to join the Ram family," Agu said. "I would like to thank the athletic administration, and especially head coach Nicki Holmes for this incredible opportunity. Coach Holmes has a remarkable tenure coaching at the collegiate level and with USA Volleyball. I believe that his knowledge, leadership skills, and undeniable passion for the game will drive this program in becoming a force in the Atlantic 10 Conference."
Agu was a recipient of the 2015 Kacie Hausfield Teammate award for her leadership through example, commitment to the game, and support as a teammate for the Flyers. Additionally, she was a two-time nominee for the Northwestern Mutual Leadership Award.
"I was familiar with this area from having played here as a student-athlete," Agu added. "But seeing the campus and neighboring communities now, through the eyes of a coach, is completely different. This area is absolutely breathtaking, and I'm ready to hit the ground running and be a part of what makes this place so special.
A first generation U.S. citizen, Agu earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, with minors in Biology and Women Gender Studies, from the University of Dayton in 2016. Her parents are from Enugu State, Nigeria.