UAB Director of Athletics Mark Ingram introduced Amy Pauly as the eighth head coach in Blazer volleyball history on January 30, 2018.
Pauly arrived in Birmingham following six successful seasons as the associate head coach under Villanova head coach Josh Steinbach. During that time, Pauly helped the Wildcats to 97 wins, an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2015 and was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association 30 under 30 list in 2016, which honors up-and-coming volleyball coaches.
Under her guidance in 2017, Villanova earned one First Team All-Big East and one Second Team All-Big East selection. She was also instrumental in bringing in the first top-55 recruiting class in Villanova volleyball history.
Also in 2017, Villanova had four players with over 200 kills and six with over 100. The Wildcats also had two players with over 300 digs and six with over 100. While at Villanova, Pauly coached every position on the court with an emphasis on the libero and pin attackers.
Prior to Villanova she was a graduate assistant at South Carolina and a collegiate player at Alabama. At South Carolina she was responsible for coordinating practice schedules, travel arrangements and served as the director for the Gamecocks’ summer camps.
In her playing days at Alabama, Pauly was a libero for the Crimson Tide and reached three consecutive NCAA Tournaments. She still holds the Alabama record for digs in a career and a season, digs in a set and is fourth all-time on the Southeastern Conference’s career digs list.
Pauly has also previously been the head coach for the South Carolina Midlands Club, where she guided them to a third-place finish at the Palmetto Regional. She was also the head coach of the East Coast Power Volleyball club in Philadelphia and the assistant coach of 1st Alliance in Chicago.
She graduated from Alabama in 2009 with a degree in Communications and received a Master’s Degree in Sports and Entertainment Management from South Carolina in 2011.