Women's Volleyball

Mary Hambly
Mary Hambly

Camps Director/Alumni Relations

4th Year

Alma Mater:
B.S., Illinois-1999


Palos Park, Ill.

Husband, Kevin Daughter, Quinn

BS, Kinesiology
Illinois, 1999

Playing Experience
Mother McAuley H.S., 1991-94

University of Illinois

Weisbaden Volleyball Club, 2000

Minnesota Chill

Coaching Experience
Director, Elevation Volleyball Camps, Colorado Spring, Colo. 2003-04

University of Illinois

Mary (Coleman) Hambly begins her third season as an assistant coach with the Fighting Illini. She has helped engineer the recruiting efforts that have produced dividends already. This year, the Illini garnered Ashley Edinger, the top rated libero in the country.

Hambly has also continued the strong line of top-notch assistant coaches the Illini have produced. One of the all-time greats at Illinois, Mary is married to Kevin Hambly, Illinois' assistant coach.

A native of Palos Park, Ill., Hamby had a stellar career for the Illini, lettering from 1995-98, in addition to earning honorable mention All-Big Ten and Academic All-Big Ten honors in '96.

During her tenure, the outside hitter helped lead the Illini to two NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Sweet 16 and a final national ranking of 14th during her senior season of 1998. Hambly ranks second in UI history with 1,707 career kills and was the school's all-time leader in attack attempts until surpassed by Rachel VanMeter in 2005. She also ranks second in school history with 1,393 digs and is 10th with 115 aces.

After earning her degree in kinesiology, Hambly played professionally in Germany for the Weisbaden Volleyball Club in 2000 and in the former USPV with the Minnesota Chill. She worked in Chicago as a sales representative and came to Illinois after serving as a director for Elevation Volleyball Camps in Colorado Springs, Colo., while also managing a local business.

A native of Chicago, Hambly played for perennial powerhouse Mother McAuley, leading the Mighty Macs to the 1994 state title and earning the Daily Southtown Player of the Year award.