Bollinger named Head Women’s Basketball Coach at William Peace University

 Annalee Bollinger has been officially named the new Head Women’s Basketball Coach at William Peace University on Wednesday.

Bollinger served on the women’s basketball coaching staff at Brevard College for three seasons, including this past season as Associate Head Women’s Basketball Coach. She was the Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach the previous two seasons.

“We are thrilled to welcome Annalee to Peace! She is the perfect fit for our program”, William Peace Athletic Director Claude Shields said. “She puts student-athletes first and is committed to helping young women reach their potential on and off the court.”

During her time at Brevard, Bollinger helped guide the Tornados to one of their most successful runs in program history. The Tornados posted a three-year record of 48-30 overall including a 31-20 mark in the USA South. Their success included two trips to the conference semifinals, three All-Conference selections and a USA South Rookie of the Year winner.

“I am very excited to join the William Peace family and look forward to helping this program continue to grow,” said Bollinger, a 2019 Brevard graduate. “From my interview to now, I have felt nothing but support from the administration. I want to thank Athletic Director Claude Shields for this opportunity.”

Prior to coaching at Brevard, Bollinger was an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Averett University from 2019 to 2021. She helped lead the Cougars to an 18-9 overall record, an 11-5 conference mark and a USA South Tournament quarterfinal appearance in the 2019-20 season.

While at Averett, Bollinger was one of 25 coaches selected for the Top Connect Graduate Assistant Leadership Academy, where she learned leadership, development and coaching skills from the nation’s top coaches.

In college, Bollinger was a standout basketball player at Brevard, serving as team captain all three years after transferring from Division II Saint Joseph’s College in Indiana. A 1,000-point scorer, Bollinger still holds the NCAA-era school career record for made three-pointers (188) from 2016-19. Bollinger was selected to the USA South All-Sportsmanship Team her junior and senior seasons.

Her coaching experience started as a student-athlete. She was selected for and completed the “So You Want to Be a Coach” leadership development program at the WBCA Convention in 2019.

A native of Granite Falls, N.C., Bollinger graduated from Brevard with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a minor in coaching. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in leadership at Averett in 2021.

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