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Updated May 7, 2013
Justin Ingram rejuvenated Southern Illinois volleyball in his first season at the helm, leading the Salukis to their first 20-win season since 2002, including a trip to the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Championships.
Ingram was named the seventh head coach in program history on Jan. 18, 2012, bringing 13 years of Division I coaching experience to Carbondale.
In his first season, Ingram guided the Salukis to a 21-9 overall record with a fourth-place 11-7 mark in the league. Three Salukis were named first-team All-MVC selections and one a Capital One Academic All-American.
The Salukis kicked off their banner season with a 9-0 home stand recording their longest winning stretch since 1994. Southern Illinois also snapped a 19-match losing streak against Creighton on Sep. 28 and were the only Valley team to defeat the Bluejays during the 2012 season.
Under Ingram's direction, SIU finished the 2012 season ranked second in the MVC in blocks, third in assists, and fourth in hitting percentage. Senior Bailey Yeager broke the single-season digs record, recording a total of 630 digs. Sophomore setter Amy Drabant recorded 1,178 assists to rank 10th all-time in assists in a single season and senior Laura Thole recorded 1,212 attempts to rank second all-time in a single season.
Prior to SIU, Ingram spent three years as the head coach at Arkansas State, where he led the Red Wolves to an overall record of 60-33 and was named 2011 Sun Belt Coach of the Year.
Ingram led ASU to a 21-10 record and the team's third-consecutive Sun Belt West Division title during the 2011 season. His tenure in Jonesboro, Ark., saw Red Wolves players earn seven All-Conference selections, including the 2009 and 2010 Sun Belt Defensive Players of the Year.
Ingram spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at Kansas State prior to ASU, serving as the Wildcats' recruiting coordinator and offensive coordinator. During his time in Manhattan, Kan., K-State posted a 171-79 record, made seven NCAA Tournament appearances and posted seven 20-win seasons.
Ingram's tenure at K-State saw the Wildcats earn American Volleyball Coaches Association top-25 final rankings six different seasons, including a No. 11 final ranking in 2003 when K-State went 30-5, won a Big 12 Championship and made a Sweet 16 run.
K-State's final RPI ranked in the top-30 nationally during seven of Ingram's eight seasons with the Wildcats. He helped mentor eight All-America selections and 22 All-Big 12 selections at K-State, including four Big 12 Liberos of the Year and the 2003 Big 12 Player of the Year.
Prior to K-State, Ingram spent two years as an assistant coach at the University of Houston, where he served as the junior college recruiting coordinator, travel coordinator and assistant director of camps. The Cougars posted a 42-24 record, tallied consecutive 20-win seasons and made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances during his time in Houston.
Houston was the Conference USA National Division champion in 1999 and the National Division runner-up in 1998 with Ingram on the staff. Ingram helped mentor six All-Conference selections at Houston, including the 1999 C-USA Player of the Year.
A native of Milwaukee, Wis., Ingram earned his bachelor's degree in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University in 1995 and a master's degree in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1998.
|Ingram's Head Coaching Record|
|2012||Southern Illinois||21-9||11-7 (4th MVC)||3 All-Conf. Players/Capital One Academic All-American|
|2011||Arkansas State||21-10||12-4 (1st West Div.)||Sun Belt Coach of the Year/3 All-Conf Players|
|2010||Arkansas State||17-12||11-5 (1st West Div.)||2 All-Conf. Players/Sun Belt Defensive POY|
|2009||Arkansas State||22-11||12-6 (1st West Div.)||2 All-Conf. Players/Sun Belt Defensive POY|
|Ingram's Assistant Coaching Record|
|2008||Kansas State||24-8||14-6 (3rd)||NCAA Tourn. 1st Rd./AVCA No 20 Final Ranking|
|2007||Kansas State||23-9||14-6 (3rd)||NCAA Tourn. 2nd Rd./AVCA No. 16 Final Ranking|
|2006||Kansas State||12-18||4-16 (10th)|
|2005||Kansas State||21-11||11-9 (4th)||NCAA Tourn. 2nd Rd./AVCA No. 24 Final Ranking|
|2004||Kansas State||20-11||13-7 (5th)||NCAA Tourn. 2nd. Rd.|
|2003||Kansas State||30-5||18-2 (1st)||NCAA Tourn. Sweet 16/AVCA No. 11 Final Ranking|
|2002||Kansas State||21-9||16-4 (2nd)||NCAA Tourn. 2nd Rd./AVCA No. 22 Final Ranking|
|2001||Kansas State||20-8||15-5 (3rd)||NCAA Tourn. 2nd Rd./AVCA No 18 Final Ranking|
|1999||Houston||21-11||13-3 (1st National Div.)||NCAA 1st Rd.|
|1998||Houston||21-13||11-5 (2nd National Div.)||NCAA 1st Rd.|