About Penny Lucas White
Penny Lucas-White (Founder and Owner of Play Like winners Volleyball Club) , a former United States of America national player, has just completed her seventh season as the head volleyball coach at Alabama State University for the 2017-2018 academic year.
During her tenure, the Lady Hornets have won four Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championships, including two consecutive seasons with a perfect 22-0 run through the conference and a trip to the NCAA Regionals.
The Lady Hornets’ mentor draws her coaching expertise from an
impressive playing career at the collegiate, national and international levels, as well as coaching some of the top scholar-athletes in the nation.
Lucas-White has always emphasized work in the classroom and that has not changed since she arrived on the ASU campus. Following the 2012-13 season, the volleyball team received the Large Team Academic Award at the ASU Athletic Banquet based on the overall team grade point average.
One of her crowning achievements happened two summers ago when she and her assistants were chosen by the State Department to be special envoys to China’s Sichuan Province. It was an area that had been devastated by an earthquake. The coaching staff was part of a sports delegation that went into Chengdu, China to hold volleyball clinics for the children from the devastated area.
Prior to Alabama State, Lucas-White has left her mark in several other program.
As head coach at Memphis, Lucas-White led the program to back-to- back Great Midwest Conference titles in 1993 and 1994, earning Coach of the Year honors both seasons. Her Lady Tiger squads maintained a 3.0 team GPA during her tenure at Memphis.
Lucas-White took the reins at Air Force Academy in 1996, the school’s first season competing in Division I in the highly competitive Western Athletic Conference (now known as the Mountain West Conference). A total of 18 cadet-athletes earned academic All-Mountain West Conference honors, including one Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Among her community involvement, Lucas-White has been an active member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association. In 2003, she helped the AVCA receive an NCAA minority coaches grant for a program entitled “Volleyball: Live it! Love it! Coach It!”
She earned first-team All-SEC honors, as well as the MVP award, in her first season playing at LSU. After a three-year career, she left college to begin her professional playing career domestically in the United States Volleyball League and internationally in Italy and Germany.
Lucas-White earned the honor of playing on the United States National Volleyball Team in the 1985 NORCECA (North, Central America and Caribbean) Games, competing against the best players in the world.
While competing professionally in the United States and Europe, Lucas-White began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Auburn from 1987-89.
Has spent 26 seasons as a coach (Memphis 1991-95, Air Force Academy 1996-2009, Alabama State 2011-present)
Four-time conference Coach of the Year: (1993-94 Memphis; 2014, 2016 Alabama State)
Five-time conference champion (SWAC 2013, 2014, 2016-Alabama State, Great Midwest Conference 1993, 1994-Memphis)
Guided the Lady Hornets to a fifth consecutive SWAC championship appearance
Has won at least 20 games for five consecutive seasons at ASU (2013-2017)
Holds a 118-70 record over her last five seasons at the helm of ASU
Led Alabama State to its fourth SWAC championship in five seasons by defeating Texas Southern in four sets in November 2017
Led Alabama State in topping host Southern University in two championship matches (won in four sets, won in three sets) to cap a trip to the NCAA Tournament for a second straight season
Led Alabama State to its first SWAC Championship title in program history by defeating Alabama A& M in five sets on Nov. 24, 2013; Qualified for its first NCAA Tournament appearance
Played collegiately at LSU (1980-83), and as a professional both domestically and internationally (1984-91, 1997)
Played as a member of the USA National Volleyball Team (1985-86)
Has coached athletes that earned MIT, Rhodes and Alberta Bart Holaday Scholarships