COOKEVILLE, Tenn - Tennessee Tech volleyball head coach Dave Zelenock has announced that former Middle Tennessee State standout Oyinlola (Lola) Oladinni is the latest addition to the Golden Eagle volleyball program. Oladinni will join Zelenock and assistant coach Cassandra Joyner on the TTU coaching staff as they head into preseason practices this week.
"Bringing Lola to the staff is very beneficial for us. She played for a mid-major that was a Top 50 program during her time, so she knows how to win and how to train hard," Zelenock said. "She is from the area and has been coaching club in the area, so she knows a lot of the key people from a recruiting standpoint."
Prior to joining the Tech staff, Oladinni has served as a student assistant for MTSU, aiding in practice, recruiting and video breakdown. She also has served as a head coach with the Rutherford County Juniors volleyball club.
During her four seasons of playing at MTSU, Oladinni was a part of winning three conference titles, made four NCAA Tournament appearances, and helped MTSU become a Top 50 RPI program.
A four-year letterwinner and two-time American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American, Oladinni played middle blocker and opposite. She finished her career with over 1,000 kills, ranks third in MTSU for career block assists (430) and career hitting percentage (.346). Oladinni was also named captain her senior season.
"She was a great high-level player, and is a high-level person. She is a very good role model for our athletes. She shows that you can come from a mid-major school and be an All-American," said Zelenock.
"I'm excited to get started here at Tech, to meet the girls and get my feet wet in the coaching side of volleyball. It's going to be different being on the coaching side heading into preseason, but I am looking forward to it," Oladinni said.
Odadinni, a native of LaVergne, Tenn., graduated in 2011 from MTSU with a major in Physiology, and has been working on her masters in biology.
The Golden Eagle players report Thursday and begin two weeks of practice before the Purple and Gold Scrimmage on August 24.