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Jaye Loyd is in her second season with the Tulane sand volleyball program. After serving as the team's acting head coach during its inaugural season on the beach, Loyd will return to her position as assistant head coach.
In addition to helping the Green Wave continue to grow as a program on the dunes, Loyd will also continue her role as the Director of Operations for the indoor squad. In her current position with the sand program, Loyd is responsible for developing and implimentation of all practice plans, scouting and the recruiting of future Tulane student-athetes.
As the acting head coach in 2012, Loyd helped get the program off the ground. In a year that was a true learning experience across the board, the Green Wave went 1-10 with their lone win coming in a 3-2 decision at Stetson on March 14. Forced to assume head coaching duties when Amy Williamson resigned her position at the conclusion of the 2011 indoor season, Loyd managed a team that had never played sand volleyball, helped develop pairs teams and guided the team to steady improvement throughout the season.
No stranger to Louisiana, Loyd ventured east and started her volleyball career at the University of Tennessee before transferring to Tulane for the 2009 season. After exhausting her eligibility at Tulane after an NCAA Tournament berth with the Green Wave that season, Loyd returned to Knoxville to complete her degree in English.
Her absence from Sportsman's Paradise did not last long as she accepted a job with Nicholls State as an assistant coach for the 2010 season. That year, the Colonels posted a 14-16 mark and finished fourth in the East Division of the Southland Conference with a 6-10 mark. A defensive specialist in college, Loyd helped the Colonels defense post 17.47 digs per-set in 2010, which led the Southland Conference and ranked 20th nationally.
On an individual level, libero Danielle Daigle was the lone NSU player to earn All-Southland Conference honors when she brought home second team laurels at seasons end. A three-time Defensive Player of the Week, Daigle led the conference and ranked ninth nationally with a 5.61 digs per-set average.
On the court, Loyd appeared in 23 matches during her only season with the Green Wave, seeing action in 71 sets, and played in 75 matches while at Tennessee. Loyd enjoyed her finest season in 2007 when she handed out 255 assists and posted 202 digs for the Volunteers. In 2009, the setter/defensive specialist dug 135 balls and added 36 assists during the season and helped Tulane advance to the NCAA Tournament.