Ashley Preston was appointed the seventh women’s volleyball head coach in Cal State Fullerton history on January 15, 2015.
Preston came to Cal State Fullerton after serving as women’s volleyball head coach at Coppin State University for the past three years. In that short time, Preston became the all-time winningest coach in the program’s history. In each of her three years with the Eagles, the team advanced to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament, advancing to the championship for the first time in program history in 2013.
“It’s a beautiful day in Southern California and a beautiful day for Cal State Fullerton,” said Cal State Fullerton Athletic Director Donovan. “We had an excellent candidate pool and ultimately we hired an individual that has been a head coach at two other colleges; Spelman College and most recently Coppin State. She has remarkable accomplishments in her young career. Bottom line, she’s one of the rising stars in women’s volleyball. She has great intellect, charisma and work ethic and she’s made a habit of setting school records.”
In her first season with the Titans, Fullerton went winless despite a few close calls, going five sets in four of the team's matches.
In 2014, Preston led the Eagles to 14 victories, the second most single-season win total in program history. Five players were named to the All-MEAC volleyball team and 10 student-athletes were selected to the MEAC All-Academic Team, the most of any school in the conference.
Preston, the 10th head coach in Coppin State history, led the Eagles to a school-record 15 overall victories and eight conference wins in 2013. The Eagles won 10 straight home matches and recorded the program’s first playoff victory since 1992, eventually advancing to the MEAC championship match.
In her first season at Coppin State in 2012, Preston led the Eagles to the MEAC tournament for the first time since 2006.
Prior to her stint at Coppin State, Preston landed her first head coaching job in 2011, leading Spelman College to nine victories, which established a school record for wins in a single season.
Preston got her start in coaching as an assistant coach at Morgan State University in 2008. She served in that capacity for two years under head coach Ramona Riley-Bozier. Preston moved on to become an assistant coach at Loyola University (Maryland) in 2010 under head coach Scott Pennewill.
Preston is a 2008 graduate of Morgan State University where she ranks as one of the top players in Morgan State history. She was a three-time First Team All-MEAC selection from 2004-06 and is the Bears all-time leader in digs with 2,066. She also owns the top three marks in Morgan State history for digs in a season. During her tenure the Bears advanced to the MEAC Tournament championship match in 2006.
Off the court Preston was equally impressive. A native of Las Vegas, Nev., Preston was a three-time recipient of the MEAC Commissioner’s All-Academic Award and garnered Arthur Ashe Scholar’s first team honors as a junior. Following her junior season Preston also earned the Elijah Rowe Award, which goes to the female student-athlete with the highest grade point average at Morgan State.
Preston graduated in May of 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and was honored that summer as Morgan State’s representative for the MEAC Woman of the Year Award. She earned a Master of Arts in Publications Design from the University of Baltimore in 2011.
Preston’s Head Coaching Record
Year School Record
2015 Cal State Fullerton 0-28
2014 Coppin State 14-14
2013 Coppin State 15-16
2012 Coppin State 11-14
2011 Spelman College 9-16