Head Coach
Kristen Salyer

Kristen Salyer will begin her seventh season as head coach of the UVa-Wise volleyball program this fall. The Cavaliers wrapped up their 2017 campaign with a 6-24 overall record and went 2-14 in the Mountain East Conference.

In the 2016 season, Coach Salyer guided the Cavaliers to a 6-3 home record and an 8-8 league mark in 2016. For the first time since 2005, Salyer led the volleyball team to a .500 record or better in conference play in back-to-back seasons after the Cavs went 10-6 in the MEC during their 2015 campaign.

During the 2015 season, Salyer coached UVa-Wise to 15 total wins for the most victories in a single season since taking over the program in 2012. The 15 match wins were the most for UVa-Wise women’s volleyball since the 2007 season when the team went 25-16 and advanced all the way to the NAIA National Championship tournament after winning the NAIA Region XII title.

On October 30, 2015, Coach Salyer willed the Cavs to taking a set off of eventual NCAA Division II national champion Wheeling Jesuit University. It was only one of two sets the Lady Cardinals lost against MEC teams and NCAA Division II Atlantic Region opponents the entire year. Even more impressive, Salyer guided UVa-Wise throughout the 2015 season without any assistant coaches.

Salyer has compiled 59 total wins as the head coach and has helped the Cavs reach the MEC Tournament three times since UVa-Wise joined the league in 2013.

Prior to accepting the position as head coach, Salyer served as an assistant under current Director of Athletics, Kendall Rainey. Before beginning her coaching career, Salyer was a standout outside hitter for the Cavs. A four-year letter winner, Salyer earned Appalachian Athletic Conference and NAIA All-Region XII accolades and played an integral role in the school's most successful volleyball season as she aided UVa-Wise to the Region XII title and a trip to the NAIA National Tournament in 2007. She ranks fourth all-time in kills (1,214) and points (1,432.5) at the College, sixth in digs (982), seventh in service aces (107) and ninth in total blocks (194).

A native of Gate City, Virginia, Salyer graduated from UVa-Wise in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. She currently resides in Wise.

Assistant Coach
Katelyn Holley

Katelyn Holley enters into her first season as the assistant volleyball coach at UVa-Wise after most recently serving as a graduate assistant volleyball coach at Lenoir-Rhyne University.

A native of Dry Fork, Virginia, Holley graduated from Averett University in Danville, Virginia in 2016 where she played volleyball all four years. During her career at Averett, she was a member of two North Division championship teams in the USA South and was named the All-Metro Volleyball Player of the Year by Register and Bee in 2012. Holley earned USA South Academic All-Conference accolades in both her freshman and junior season and garnered the Outstanding Service and Contribution Award in her senior season at Averett.

Holley has also served as director and camp assistant director of Star Volleyball Services, LLC, in Roanoke, Virginia and worked as the associate head volleyball coach for Burke Elite Volleyball while earning her master’s degree at Lenoir-Rhyne.

“I am excited to have someone of Katey’s caliber join the UVa-Wise Volleyball program”, remarked Head Coach Salyer. “Her background and strong ties in Virginia will help us tremendously with recruiting as well as transitioning into South Atlantic Conference play in 2019.”

Holley holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Averett and a master’s degree in university leadership from Lenoir-Rhyne.

Assistant Coach
Maya Hamlett

A native of Lynchburg, Va., Maya Hamlett enters into her second season as an assistant coach for the UVa-Wise volleyball program. Hamlett currently is a mathematics teacher at Wise County Public Schools since July 2016 and also serves as a long-term substitute for Dickenson County Public Schools.

Hamlett graduated from UVa-Wise in August of 2016 with a degree in mathematics where she was named to the Dean’s List for five semesters. She is a member of numerous organizations, including Theta Phi Alpha Fraternity, Darden Honors Society, Sigma Theta Honors Society and the Delta Epsilon Iota Honors Society.

Hamlett also founded and ran a youth volleyball league program that provided instructional training for fifth, sixth and seventh graders in the Wise, Va. and Pound, Va. area. The program registers around 50 girls each year.

The UVa-Wise alum also assists with bookkeeping during the UVa-Wise men’s and women’s basketball season, as well as tutors lower-level math classes at the college.