Aline Scott completed her first season leading the Youngstown State volleyball program in 2018 and began work on building the program for long-term success.
Scott, the 10th head coach in program history, came to Youngstown having spent eight seasons as a coach in Ohio, including the last three as the head coach at Hiram College. She was previously an assistant coach at Akron for five seasons, and she was the head coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for two years in between.
"Aline brings a great wealth of experiences with her that will help her lead our program," Strollo said. "She is a former Division I student-athlete, and her professional journey in volleyball has taken her to two Mid-American Conference programs as an assistant and two regional programs as a head coach. She has tremendous energy and established recruiting ties in Ohio, and we strongly believe she is the right fit for the future of our program."
The Penguins won six of their first nine matches of the Scott era and claimed the Bucknell Invitational tournament title in the first weekend. The Penguins beat Saint Peter's, NJIT and Bucknell at the tournament, and they went on to also defeat UNLV, Duquesne and George Mason in non-conference play. The win over George Mason was the 500th in program history.
Margaux Thompson was named the MVP of the Bucknell Invitational to begin a year of progression for the sophomore, and she was also named to the All-Tournament Team at Duquesne. Thompson surpassed 240 kills for the second straight season and posted 248 over 29 matches. She set a new career high with 3.56 digs per set and 360 total digs.
Aleah Hughes made a big impact on her return to the program. After taking a year away from the sport in 2017, she led the team with 2.70 kills and 3.87 digs per set, becoming the first Penguin to lead the team in both kills and digs in 15 years. Hughes was the only player in the Horizon League to lead her team in both kills and digs per set, and she was also the only player it the conference to rank in the top 10 in both categories.
Hughes and Erin Kalahar were both named Academic All-Horizon League, and the team posted a 3.62 cumulative GPA for the fall 2018 semester.
The Penguins saw a major uptick in digs per set in Scott’s first year, going from 14.64 in 2017 to 17.70 in 2018. That averaged ranked 19th in the country, and it was the highest by a Penguins team since 2007.
Scott is no stranger to the Youngstown area. Her husband, Greg, is a Struthers native, and their family has lived in Poland while she has been the head coach at Hiram.
"Living in the Youngstown area for the last few years, I am very familiar with the university,” Scott said. “I have seen all the recent improvements to campus, and I know this program has incredible potential. My goal is to build a program that our campus and community will embrace and rally behind for years to come."
Scott led Hiram to 61 victories over her three seasons as head coach of the Terriers. At the campus located 35 miles from Youngstown, she coached a Division III All-American, two all-region student-athletes, a North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year and seven All-NCAC honorees. Scott's success came with a horde of newcomers as she welcomed 18 student-athletes to the program in a two-year stretch, including 10 the previous year. Her 2017 squad that won 19 matches had eight freshmen, six of which are Ohio natives. In total, 12 of the 15 student-athletes on Hiram's current roster are from the Buckeye State.
In her two seasons at IUP, she coached the school's first All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference first-team honoree in seven years. She assembled two talented recruiting classes who went on to lead the Crimson Hawks to 25 wins and their first victory in the NCAA Tournament in 12 years in 2017. Off the court, she largely expanded the program's donor database and led the program to a campus-high 3.73 GPA.
Scott was part of a significant growth period at Akron in her five seasons from 2008-12. The Zips went from finishing 12th in the MAC her first season to a fifth-place finish in her last season in 2012. With Scott as the recruiting coordinator, the Zips were 16-13 overall and 9-7 in the MAC in 2012, which represents their second-highest win total since 2003.
In her first collegiate coaching experience as a graduate assistant, she helped Central Michigan to a 22-10 mark in 2007 for its first 20-win season in 22 years.
Scott (DosSantos) is a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and played collegiately at Marist. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in communications with a concentration in international communications in 2005. She posted 436 kills in 2002, which is the second-highest single-season total in Marist history. Scott went on to earn a master's in sport administration from Central Michigan in 2008.