Salima Rockwell Joins Volleyball Staff

May 16, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State Head Volleyball Coach Terry Liskevych announced the addition of Salima Rockwell as an assistant coach Monday.

Rockwell, formerly Salima Davidson, comes to OSU with an impressive résumé as a former three-time All-American at Penn State and former captain of the USA National Team.

'I have tremendous respect for Salima as a person and athlete,' said Liskevych. 'Lima was a great collegiate and national team player who will be a great role model for our student-athletes. Her previously coaching experience and reputation as an excellent recruiter will be an invaluable asset for our program.'

A native of Herndon, Va., Rockwell was an assistant at the University of Pittsburgh from 2001-03 where she worked primarily with the Panthers' setters. She was also Pittsburgh's lead recruiter and signed four of their top five recruits in 2002.

'I am very anxious to get back to coaching,' Rockwell said. 'It is very exciting to have the opportunity to coach in one of the best volleyball conferences in the country and to work with Terry.'

Rockwell was a member of the USA National Team from 1995-99 and captained the squad in 1997 and 1998. Rockwell was the starting setter for the Americans and earned the Coaches' Award, MVP and the Team Award in each of those seasons.

Rockwell was also a three-time All-American during her playing career at Penn State. She still ranks third on the Nittany Lions' all-time assist list and fourth in digs. Rockwell is also a member of the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Rockwell has spent the past three years in the ultra-competitive world of pharmaceutical sales consistently ranking as a top selling representative.

Rockwell is a 1994 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor's of the Arts in Speech Communications.

Rockwell and her husband, Jeff, and their son Logan, 6 ½ months, are set to arrive in Corvallis in time for a June 8 start date.

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