UT volleyball loses top assistant to Penn State

Posted February 13th, 2014


Salima Rockwell, associate head coach for Texas volleyball, is leaving for Penn State, where she was a three-time All-American setter and team captain.

Rockwell will take a similar job with the Nittany Lions, the defending national champions.

“First and foremost, we are very excited for Salima to undertake this role at her alma mater,” said Texas coach Jerritt Elliott in a statement. “She’s a legend at Penn State, and this is a position that makes sense for her and the Nittany Lions program. As a head coach, it is natural to see members of your coaching staff and student-athletes become successful off the court, and this is the natural next step for Salima. She and I have a special friendship as coaches and peers, and we’ll be cheering each other on down the road, except for the times we’re playing one another – which I expect will be often. Salima is a great mother, great wife, and great coach. We will miss her contagious smile on the Forty Acres and the unquantifiable qualities she brought to our program.”


Rockwell played for Penn State from 1991-95. She also was an assistant coach with the program. Elliott hired her five years ago. She’s been an ace recruiter for Texas and was honored last fall as the 2013 AVCA National Assistant Coach of the Year Award.

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