DURHAM, N.H.-- University of New Hampshire athletic director Marty Scarano and head volleyball coach Jill Hirschinger have announced that Andrea Leonard has been promoted to associate head coach of the University of New Hampshire women's volleyball program.

Leonard has played a part in 89 victories at UNH since joining the coaching staff as an assistant coach in the fall of 1998. During her first season, she helped guide the Wildcats to the school's first ever America East conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Leonard enters her fifth year with the University of New Hampshire and offers a multitude of both coaching and playing experience to the Wildcat student-athletes.

Before UNH, Leonard served as an assistant coach at Ferris State University during the 1996 and 1997 seasons. During her tenure, the Bulldogs were nationally ranked at #25 in Division II. Currently, Leonard is a member of the AVCA Curriculum Committee and serves as the AVCA liaison for assistant coaches.

Leonard was an outstanding setter and outside hitter for Northern Michigan University from 1988-91. Northern won the G.L.I.A.C. championship during her junior and senior seasons, and advanced to the Elite Eight National Championship for the first time ever during Leonard's senior year. Leonard held the school record for assists in a single-season and also broke the record for assists in a single season during her junior campaign.

After her playing career at Northern Michigan ended, Leonard remained with the team as a student assistant coach. Leonard graduated in 1993 with a B.S. in health education.

A 1988 graduate of Almont High School in Almont, Michigan, Leonard lettered four years in volleyball. She led Almont to the state finals for the first time ever during her senior season, while earning all-state and conference most valuable player honors.

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