Valerie Armstrong Certified BYOP® State Instructor
Valerie Armstrong enters her third season with the Bearcats in the 2016 season.
Armstrong arrives from Alabama State University where she was an assistant coach during the 2013 season. She immediately stepped into the top assistant role for Kiriyama.
In 2014, she helped BU qualify for the America East Tournament for the fifth time in seven years. Senior Amanda Dettmann and sophomore Allison Hovie were each named All-America East First Team and Alexis LaGoy earned America East Rookie of the Year.
“We are thrilled to have Valerie, with her vast experience as a player and coach at various levels, join our staff,” Kiriyama said. “She will be a great addition to the Binghamton volleyball program. Our squad will benefit greatly from her enthusiasm and passion for the sport.”
While with Alabama St., Armstrong was a member of the 2013 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) tournament champions helping guide the Hornets to their first NCAA appearance in school history. Alabama St. set a program record for wins (25) and named five players to the SWAC all-conference teams.
Prior to her time at Alabama St. Armstrong spent four years as the head coach of Vernon College, a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) institution. While in North Texas, Armstrong helped guide 16 players to all-conference recognition including four academic all-americans. In 2012, Armstrong navigated Vernon to a 32-7 record en route to a conference championship. Vernon ended one its best seasons in program history ranked 15th in the final NJCAA poll.
Before coaching at Vernon, Armstrong was an assistant coach at Colby Community College (Colby, Kan.) and College of the Southwest (Hobbs, N.M.) gaining valuable experience.
Armstrong, a native of Big Springs, Nebraska, received her Master’s degree from Concordia University (Irvine, Calif.) in coaching and athletics administration in 2012. She earned her bachelor’s degree in agriculture business from Oklahoma Panhandle State University (2007) and her associate’s degree from Eastern Wyoming College (2005).
While a member of the Eastern Wyoming program, Armstrong was named an academic all-american. She was also named Female Athlete of the Year honors while at Oklahoma Panhandle St.