CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga volleyball head coach Travis Filar announced on Thursday that Savanah Parra has been hired as an assistant coach. Parra comes to the Lady Mocs with four years of coaching experience at Southeastern Missouri State, Bradley and Southern Indiana. She will be the recruiting coordinator along with working with the setters and offense system.
“Savanah is an awesome person and I am very excited to have her join my staff,” said Filar. “She has valuable experience as an assistant coach and truly understands the dedication and hard work it takes to build a championship program, due to her experience at Ohio as a student-athlete. I know she is the type of person that will help me bring this program to a championship level.”
Before coming to Chattanooga, Parra was an assistant coach at Southeastern Missouri State in 2010 serving as the recruiting coordinator, while working on the court primarily with the liberos and defensive specialists in passing and defense. She additionally assisted with the offense and setters.
"I am very enthusiastic about the potential of the Chattanooga program," said Parra. "Travis is an individual that is going to bring in quality student-athletes into the program. I am really excited to work with him and the Chattanooga athletics department. From what I have seen so far, we can definitely be competitive quickly."
During her two-years at Bradley, she helped with the progression of the defensive specialists and setters. Parra assisted in recruiting duties and was in charge of breaking down game film with Bradley players. She was also responsible for all team travel.
Prior to working with the Braves, Parra was the graduate assistant coach at the University of Southern Indiana during the 2007 campaign.
The Temecula, Calif., native played her collegiate career at Ohio University, and led the Bobcats to four conference titles. She sits in the Top-10 at Ohio for every setter and defensive category in season and career.
Aside from school records, Parra helped the Bobcats finish number one in the nation in kills and assists per game in 2005, along with a Sweet Sixteen appearance in the NCAA tournament. She also finished second in the nation in assists per game.
Parra earned MAC Conference Tournament MVP in 2005 to go with Midwest Region Honorable Mention accolades. In 2006, she repeated those honors and added MAC Setter of the Year to her resume.
Para graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree while studying Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences as a Psychology minor.