Volleyball Adds Two Coaches to Staff

Go Leopards! Julie Davis joins the Leopards from William Allen High School.
Julie Davis joins the Leopards from William Allen High School.

May 30, 2008

EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette head volleyball coach Terri Dadio Campbell has announced the addition of two new assistant coaches to her coaching staff. Julie Davis and Emil Lukas will join the team, looking to help the Leopards get back to the Patriot League Tournament.

"With Julie and Emil, we are adding two outstanding people and coaches to our volleyball family," Campbell said. "They bring with them diversified playing and coaching experiences and I am eager to have work with our team and assist in all phases of our program's development."

Davis, a 2005 graduate of the University of Kentucky, comes to Lafayette after serving as an assistant coach at nearby William Allen High School in Allentown. At Lafayette she will be responsible for on-court coaching, team and player development, game strategy, as well as scouting and recruiting.

Before working at William Allen, Davis garnered valuable experience as a coach and volunteer with a number of volleyball programs. After a standout career at Kentucky, Davis served as the head coach of the 16-1 Bluegrass Area Volleyball Association club team from 2004-2005 in which she ran all facets of the program including coordinating collegiate recruiting efforts for her players. During that time she was also the assistant varsity coach at Tates Creek High School in Lexington.

Davis also has extensive camp experience, working as an instructor at college camps across the country, including Kentucky, Hofstra, Kent State and Middle Tennessee State.

Davis graduated Kentucky with a degree in Education and Secondary Education in English. She is a native of Allentown, Pa where she was a second team all-state selection for William Allen High School.


 

 

Emil Lukas is making his coaching return to the Lehigh Valley.


Lukas will also join the staff in what marks his return to the collegiate coaching ranks. Lukas, an instructor in Lafayette's Art Department, will be responsible for on-court coaching and overall team development.

For the past eight years, Lukas has coached with the Court Authority Volleyball Academy (CAVA). In 2005, he served as the head coach at Nazareth High School and was a camp clinician at Notre Dame High School.

Before his coaching stints in the Lehigh Valley, Lukas made coaching stops on both the scholastic and collegiate level. From 1980-1982, he served as an assistant at Swissvale High School before spending three years as an assistant at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Lukas is a 1986 graduate of Edinboro where he was an All-Pennsylvania (PSAC) performer. In 1983, he was selected to the Olympic Sports Festive Team in Colorado Springs. He continues to be an active indoor 6's and outdoor double player. Lukas currently resides in Stockertown, Pa. and is an internationally exhibiting artist.

The Leopards open their 2008 season at the La Salle Tournament on Aug. 29.

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