|HEAD COACH RIANN MULLIS|
A former NCAA Division II student-athlete at Pittsburg State University, Mullis was a part of two NJCAA Championship seasons while at Cowley, and one runner-up finish. In 2012, she was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association Two-Year College Assistant Coach of the Year.
In her five seasons with the program, Cowley College volleyball won over 85 percent of their matches compiling a record of 167-29. As a head coach, Mullis went 56-22 (17-1 conference), earning two conference and two district championships, and she finished both seasons among the top six teams at the national tournament. She was named the Jayhawk Conference East Division Co-Coach of the Year in 2014, her very first year as a head coach.
In both 2014 and 2015, Mullis produced a pair of All-Americans. Sophomore setter Lana Da Silva earned first team NJCAA honors in 2014, with freshman outside hitter Aliya Higginbotham named to the second team as the team finished third in the nation. Higginbotham was a first teamer following her sophomore campaign in 2015, and libero Alexandra Jost, also a sophomore, collected second team recognition for the Tigers, who were sixth at the national tourney.
As a player, Mullis was an all-conference and all-district libero at Neosho County Community College. After playing two seasons at Neosho County, she transferred to NCAA Division II Pittsburg State, where she served as a defensive specialist and helped lead the Gorillas to a pair of top-25 rankings and a trip to the NCAA Division II National Tournament.
"I'm excited for the opportunity to come to Chadron State College and create a winning volleyball program," said Mullis. "I'm looking forward to putting the Eagles on the map in the RMAC and in NCAA Division II. It's also an incredible position to be in, returning to Division II and getting to compete in an amazing new facility while keeping in touch with my roots in a small community."