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Nadia Edwards, a Frankfort, Ill. native, is in her sixth season as the DePaul head volleyball coach. She became the fifth head coach in program history after joining the Blue Demon staff in February of 2010. Edwards boasts a high level of experience as a student-athlete at Penn State before a professional playing career overseas along with assistant coaching experience at Ohio State and Ohio University.
In 2013, Edwards led the Blue Demons to a 13-0 start which was the best in program history. The season ended with a 16-14 record, marking the first winning season DePaul has had since 2001. DePaul received a conference honor in seven of the season's 13 weeks. The team's seven honors were the most in program history. The Blue Demons had just four weekly awards all-time coming into the season.
Since arriving in Lincoln Park, Edwards has seen the program improve its RPI by over 100 spots, have multiple players recognized as BIG EAST All-Conference performers and be a five-time recipient of the AVCA Team Academic Award.
Prior to DePaul, Edwards served as an assistant at Ohio State for two seasons. With the Buckeyes, she helped the program reach the second round of the 2009 NCAA Championship after finishing fourth in the Big Ten. Edwards tutored a pair of All-Big Ten honorees while working with the middle hitters. She also coordinated travel, camps and clinics, and oversaw community outreach programs.
After a stint as a graduate assistant at Virginia Tech, Edwards joined Carlston and the Ohio University volleyball staff in May 2005. The Bobcats claimed three straight Mid-American Conference titles and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the 2005 NCAA Championship. Ohio made three straight NCAA appearances and was ranked in the AVCA top 25 for 42 consecutive weeks.
Edwards played volleyball professionally for three years, both in the United State and overseas. She competed in the A1 European League for two years as a team captain and starting outside hitter for the Glarus (Switzerland) squad in 2004-05 after playing the opposite position for the Granada (Spain) team in 2003-04. Edwards also played in the United States Professional Volleyball League in 2001-02 for the St. Louis Quest.
Edwards graduated from Penn State in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in business marketing. She lettered four years in volleyball for the Nittany Lions under head coach Russ Rose. Edwards was a middle hitter on a squad that won four Big Ten championships and competed in the NCAA Final Four three years in a row. Her team compiled a 71-2 record and won a national championship in 1999 while earning national runner-up finishes in 1997 and 1998.