JULIE DARTY Head Coach
Julie Darty, who has served as the head coach at Jacksonville University since 2014, has been named Mississippi State’s 12th head volleyball coach, Director of Athletics John Cohen announced December 22, 2017.
“Julie is a bright, hard-working and passionate coach,” Cohen said. “She has been very successful in creating a brand for her programs, and she’s been a part of successful teams at several levels. Julie is determined to lead Mississippi State volleyball to new heights. We are excited to welcome Julie to Starkville.”
Darty has eight years of collegiate coaching experience, including four years as a head coach and two years as an assistant in the Southeastern Conference. The 31-year-old makes her debut in Starkville after turning Jacksonville into one of the Atlantic Sun’s top programs. The 2013 and 2014 AVCA “Thirty under 30” award winner, she led the Dolphins to the 2014 Atlantic Sun Tournament championship and a NCAA tournament appearance during her first year as a collegiate head coach.
“I am just so humbled and grateful for the opportunity to lead Mississippi State volleyball,” Darty said. “There is a tremendous amount of potential and growth for our program, and I’m excited to get into the gym with our team and grind it out.
TAYLOR UNROE ASSISTANT COACH/RECRUITING COORDINATOR
Southeastern Conference veteran Taylor Unroe comes to Mississippi State after a season as assistant coach at High Point University in North Carolina.
Unroe was the defensive coordinator at High Point University. While on staff, the team earned its first ever at large bid to the NCAA tournament for any sport in school history. The team went undefeated in Big South Conference play.
Prior to her stint at HPU, Unroe served as an assistant coach at George Mason University. During her two seasons in Fairfax, Va., she served as the defensive coordinator and passing coach. Under her tutelage, the Patriots led the Atlantic-10 in digs for the first time since the school joined the conference. She also coached the team to its top finish in blocks since joining the league.
Prior to her coaching stints, Unroe was a standout at Florida, where she became the program’s first SEC Libero of the Year while garnering an All-America Honorable Mention accolade in 2014. She brings a championship pedigree to the program having led the Gators to three SEC titles and four NCAA Tournament berths.