By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Penn State Nittany Lions women’s volleyball associate head coach Salima Rockwell has announced on Friday that she will retire. She will leave coaching in February 2018.
This is her second stint with the Nittany Lions. She was an assistant coach for the team from 2006-to-2008, then again from 2013-to-2017.
“With very mixed emotions, I would like to take this opportunity to announce that effectively February 2018, I will be leaving Penn State University to pursue other interests,” she said. “After much consideration, my husband (Jeff) and I decided this is the best move for our family and for my health as well.
“I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone at Penn State University and the State College community for all of your unconditional support over the years. Penn State has always been home to me and always will. I am eternally grateful to Russ Rose for all of his mentorship, friendship, and most importantly, love; there truly is none better. I would also like to thank Sandy Barbour and Charmelle Green. I feel so fortunate that I got to experience their leadership and witness their remarkable vision of the future of Penn State Athletics first-hand.”
Rockwell is regarded, according to the Penn State Athletic website, as one of the country’s top assistant coaches. In between stints with Penn State, she spent five seasons with the University of Texas as an associate head coach and recruiting coordinator.
She also was an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Oregon State Beavers.
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