Peru State athletic director Steve Schneider recently announced that Joan Albury had been hired as the new head women’s basketball coach. Albury, who has been serving as the interim head coach, will continue in that role and officially begin her new position on July 1.
For the past three years, Albury has been serving as a math instructor at Peru State and this past year, served as the academic advisor for the women’s basketball program.
“Albury’s passion is basketball and that has been demonstrated through seven years of successful head basketball coaching experience at high schools in the states of Florida, Tennessee, and Kentucky,” said Schneider said. “Her high school coaching record was exemplified in terms of turning programs around. She has nine years of collegiate coaching experience serving as an assistant basketball coach, head volleyball and head softball coach. She understands the importance of recruitment and the teaching of skills as evidenced by her successful collegiate record in volleyball and in softball. She was named Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year in 1998 and 1999 while at Lambuth (Tenn.) University. She holds the career win record in the sport of volleyball at Union (Ky.) College.”
In addition, Schneider noted, “Joan understands collegiate athletics, is a great teacher, successful recruiter and a person of integrity. We are very excited to have her as a member of the athletic department and look forward to her taking our women’s basketball program to the next level.”
Albury’s head high school basketball coaching experience included seven years with stops at Morgan County (Ky.) HS, McKenzie (Tenn.) HS, Holmes County (Fla.) HS, and Bethlehem (Fla.) HS. In addition, Albury spent two years as an assistant basketball coach at Crockett Co. (Tenn.) HS and Sonoraville (Ga.) HS. Also, Albury was a head high school softball coach for five years at Morgan County HS and Bethlehem HS.
At the collegiate level, Albury’s served as an assistant basketball coach at Pikeville (Ky.) College. In addition, Albury spent eight seasons as the head volleyball coach at Union College and Lambuth University and five seasons as the head softball coach at Pikeville and Lambuth. Albury also was an assistant volleyball coach at the University of Rio Grande in Ohio.
As noted in Schneider’s comments, Albury was the Mid-South Conference Softball Coach of the Year in 1998 and 1999. Also, Albury still holds the most volleyball coaching victories at Union College.
Albury played both basketball and softball at Union College and was a three-year starter and letter winner in each. During her senior basketball season, Albury was the district’s leading three-point shooter. Albury graduated Union in 1988 with a bachelor of science in math education. In 1991, Albury completed her master of arts in math education at Morehead State (Ky.) University. This summer, Albury began her Ed.D. at Morehead State in Educational Leadership.
Page 2 of 2 - In respect to her hiring, Albury stated, “I would like to thank President Hanson, Vice President Willis, and Athletic Director Schneider for the opportunity to lead the women’s basketball program at Peru State. I feel very fortunate to be in a position that I feel I have been preparing for my whole coaching career. I am excited about the solid foundation of returning players and the recruiting class that our coaching staff has put together during my interim head coaching appointment.”
Albury’s husband, Wayne, is the head baseball coach at Peru State. The Alburys, who live in rural Peru, have three children. Whitley will be a junior at Alice Lloyd College in Kentucky, Morgan will be a senior at Auburn HS, and Eli is a second grader at Calvert Elementary in Auburn.
Albury became the 19th head coach in Bobcat women’s basketball history. She replaces Maurtice Ivy, who had completed six seasons at the Bobcat helm and finished with an 86-108 mark.