Nov. 20, 2003
The Air Force Academy extended the contract of volleyball head coach Penny Lucas-White, Director of Athletics Col. Randy Spetman announced today. Lucas-White, who still has one year remaining on her existing contract, will now be with the program through 2006.
"I am very excited to remain with the program," Lucas-White said. "This program is making great strides and I am happy to see how far we can go. We're growing and building. It's going to be fun and exciting to watch."
"Penny has done a terrific job with the volleyball program," Spetman said. "Her cadet-athletes have excelled on and off the court and in the classroom. Penny has brought great credit to the Academy with the volleyball program."
Lucas-White is wrapping up her eighth season at the Academy. She has been the only coach for Air Force during the Division I era, leading the Falcons to a 65-158 overall record. Under her guidance, the Falcons have steadily improved, posting a 13-13 mark in 2003 and collecting four wins against Mountain West Conference opponents. The 13 victories is the second-best total in the Lucas-White era, as is the four conference wins.
During her tenure, 10 different cadet-athletes have been named to the Academic All-Mountain West Conference team, while four others earned Academic All-Western Athletic Conference honors. Three have been named to the various Academic All-District teams and two others have been named to the All-MWC teams.
Prior to joining the Academy, Lucas-White guided Memphis University to a 95-80 record in five years of action. She led the Grizzlies to the program's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 1994, following a 27-8 season. The 1994 squad went undefeated in the Great Midwest Conference action to win the conference title. Lucas-White earned Coach of the Year honors in 1993 and again in 1994.
The Falcons' coach draws her coaching experience from an impressive playing career at the collegiate, national and international levels. Lucas-White earned All-SEC honors and league MVP in her first season at Louisiana State. After playing in the German Professional League for two years, Lucas-White played with the United States National Team at the NORECA Tournament and Pan-American Games.