Ann Mullins, who returned to Father Ryan as its Head Volleyball Coach two years ago, has been named the school’s Associate Director of Athletics, effective July 2, 2018, according to Dr. Devin DeLaughter, Director of Athletics.
As the Associate Director Mullins will be responsible for sport oversight for a number of Father Ryan athletic programs in addition to athletic department support personnel. Coach Mullins will continue as Head Volleyball Coach for the Irish, where she has led Father Ryan to the State semifinals both years she has coached.
In making the announcement, Dr. DeLaughter stated that this position attracted a number of outstanding candidates nationwide. “Throughout the interview process, it became evident that Coach Mullins was clearly best suited for the position. Our athletic department administrative staff is very pleased to have found the right person for this position in Coach Mullins.” he said, “Coach Mullins’s coaching experience and proven success, demonstrated administrative skills and familiarity with and commitment to the Father Ryan Irish family make an outstanding combination that will enhance the experience for all our athletes. I am excited to work alongside Coach Mullins as we serve the student-athletes, coaches and families engaged in the Father Ryan Athletic Department.”
Mullins became the Executive Director of Alliance Volleyball Club earlier this year and, as Head Coach, led the Alliance U18 team to the USA National Division Championship in Anaheim, Calif. in April, the first national title for an Alliance team. Mullins has been coaching at the club level for the last fourteen years, beginning at Impact in 2004. While there, Mullins was the assistant on the U17 team that won the USA National Division Championship in Dallas. She was a founding partner in Nashville One Volleyball, which was sold to Club West, where she was the Co-Director. In 2012, she became the Assistant Director at Alliance Volleyball. Her four Nashville One teams all qualified for nationals, and her 18-1 team in 2013 at Alliance finished 12th overall in the open division. Her club teams finished in the top 20 in the nation in 2014 and 2015.
Mullins came back to Father Ryan from Ensworth in April 2016, where she led the volleyball program to the top level in the state’s Division II-AA. She began her volleyball coaching career as a graduate assistant at Lipscomb University while getting her master’s degree. She then coached at Siegel High School in Murfreesboro before going to Ensworth in 2012.
After being a three-year, All-State performer in high school, Mullins began her college career at the University of Tennessee. After two years at UT and an appearance in the NCAA tournament, Mullins transferred to Lipscomb University. Three years later, she was the all-time dig leader in school and Atlantic Sun Conference history and was named to the All-Conference team all three years at Lipscomb. Her career was punctuated by leading her team to the 2007 conference championship and another appearance in the NCAA tournament. She graduated from Lipscomb University in 2007 with a B.S. in psychology.
Coach Mullins said the opportunity to expand her role at Father Ryan is exciting. “This is a special place for a long legacy of outstanding students, and I am looking forward to working with Dr. DeLaughter and the entire administration to build on our rich legacy, in and out of the classroom, to make this experience memorable and beneficial for all of our athletes.”
Father Ryan High School provides college preparatory education along with spiritual and community service experiences to 925 students in grades 9-12. This year, Father Ryan’s graduating class received more than $33 million in scholarship offers and will be attending 71 institutions. More information is available at www.fatherryan.org.