ATLANTA – Georgia State volleyball head coach Sally Polhamus announced the hiring of Ashley Beyer as an assistant coach on Friday. Beyer joins the Panthers after spending the 2016 season as an assistant coach at Hartford.

In her previous role, she worked with the outside hitters, oversaw video exchange and analysis, assisted in recruiting and engineered the Hawks social media efforts.

Beyer brought a wealth of playing experience on both the professional and collegiate levels to the Hawks program. She played in the professional ranks from 2012-15, playing in leagues in Sweden and Switzerland, while also competing for Premier Volleyball League teams from Wisconsin, Illinois and Ohio during that span. That followed a strong three-year career as a collegiate student-athlete at Marquette.  

In her time as a student-athlete for the Golden Eagles, Beyer earned three All-BIG EAST recognitions, including a first team nod in her junior campaign. She was also named an AVCA All-America Honorable Mention in 2010, and led Marquette to its first NCAA tournament victory, over No. 24 Western Kentucky, in her senior campaign. The Bloomington, Ill., native also played a year at Kishwaukee College in Illinois, where she led the team to its third-straight NJCAA National Championship and a 56-3 record while earning AVCA First Team All-America recognition.

“Ashley is a game changer,” head coach Sally Polhamus said. “She is a proven competitor with incredible experience and knowledge of both the college and international game.  It is easy to see Ashley's passion shine through in her character, ambition and work ethic. We are excited to see the impact Ashley will have on our current and future Panthers.”   Beyer has also had a wealth of experience in coaching, serving as a camp coach for such groups as the Marquette Volleyball Camp, Illini Elite Camps and All-American Volleyball Camps over the past six years. Additionally, she coached a pair of youth teams while overseas in Denmark, one encompassing ages 14-16 and the other encompassing youths from 16-18.

“I want to thank Coach Sally for the opportunity to be a part of the Georgia State Volleyball program,” Beyer said. “I'm grateful to take this next step in working with the student-athletes and joining the Panther family. Working for Sally I can't wait to learn, and develop as a coach as well as add my competitive edge to take the program to the next level.”   Beyer received her bachelor's degree in communication from Marquette in 2012.

Georgia State recently completely spring practice as the spring semester came to an end.  The team will report back for camp in early August as the season gets underway later that month.