Brittnee Cooper Returns To Volleyball As Volunteer Assistant
BATON ROUGE – Brittnee Cooper, LSU Volleyball’s only SEC Player of the Year in 2009, has returned to Baton Rouge and will join volleyball head coach Fran Flory’s staff as a volunteer assistant coach.
“I’m super excited to be back at LSU because there’s no place like home,” Cooper stated. “I’m honored to be part of the staff with LSU Volleyball. I’m excited to learn from them, grow and develop as a coach as well as contribute to the success of the team this year. We have a great group of girls and I’m excited to see what the season brings.”
Cooper joins the LSU staff after having been an assistant coach at Tulsa for the past four seasons. This will serve as her second stint as a volunteer assistant at LSU as she assumed the same role for the 2010 season following the end of her collegiate career.
“We are thrilled to welcome Brittnee back home,” Flory said. “One of the all-time greats to put on the uniform, Brittnee will add so much more than her expertise in the game to the program. She is an outstanding coach with a great understanding of what it takes to perform on the highest level, both collegiately and professionally. More than that, she is an outstanding person whose mentorship will enhance the experience and opportunity for all of our players.”
Cooper dawned the purple and gold from 2006-09, part of a stretch where the Tigers reached the NCAA Tournament in six consecutive seasons from 2005-10. During Cooper’s senior season when she was named SEC Player of the Year, she led the Tigers to their sixth ever SEC Championship.
The two-time All-America middle-blocker holds the school record for hitting percentage throughout a season when she hit .409 in 2009. Her career hitting percentage of .329 is the fourth highest in program history. Hitting the ball at such a rate, Cooper was able to compile 1,100 kills throughout her career.
As a sophomore in 2017, Cooper recorded 152 block assists which stands today as the sixth most in a season in program history. Throughout her career the Houston, Texas native recorded 83 solo blocks (ninth most in program history) and 421 block assists (fifth most in program history) which added up to 504 total career blocks (fifth most in program history). She averaged 1.32 blocks per set throughout her four seasons which is the sixth highest mark in the history of the program.
As a member of the USA Collegiate National Team in 2009, Cooper earned a silver medal. After serving as the Tigers’ volunteer assistant in 2010 and helping coach Desiree Elliot to become the SEC Freshman of the Year, Cooper played volleyball professionally overseas for seven years.