Kehoe to replace Julia Silva on the Crimson Tide coaching staff
Julia Silva joined the University of Alabama volleyball program as an assistant coach in 2011. In her second year with the program, Silva serves as the recruiting coordinator, oversee the setter position, and assist with the offensive game planning, as well as practice and game preparations.
Prior to coming to Tuscaloosa, Silva spent three seasons (2008-10) as a member of the University of Tulsa coaching staff. During her three seasons as an assistant coach at Tulsa, the program compiled a 78-21 (.715) overall record, including a 31-3 mark in 2010. In 2010, Tulsa set a school record for single season wins (31) and won the school's first ever NCAA Tournament match, a 3-0 victory over No. 13 seeded LSU.
She was also vital to the development of the team's setters, helping Jordan Clampitt win the Conference USA Setter of the Year award as a sophomore in 2010.
Silva made the transition from player to coach after being a three-year letterwinner for the Golden Hurricane from 2005-07. A three-time Division I AVCA Honorable Mention All-America selection, Silva was a two-time Conference USA Setter of the Year award winner.
Silva set school records for assists in a season each of her three years in a Golden Hurricane uniform, and was the first Tulsa setter to reach 4,000 career assists with 4,206. She is also the first TU volleyball player to have her jersey (No. 14) retired.
Silva posted 68 double-doubles and 17 triple-doubles during her career for the Hurricane. She was named Conference USA Setter of the Week 14 times, including a record-setting six times during the 2007 campaign. Silva played in 366 sets at TU, while starting all 101 of TU's matches during that span. She led TU to a 77-24 record during her playing career, while finishing as one of TU's winningest players.
Transferring to TU from Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo., Silva helped lead the Vikings to a 22-14 record and a regional runner-up finish as a freshman. She earned AVCA Second-Team All-America honors as well as NJCAA All-America honorable mention merits while at JeffCo, in addition to being an all-conference and all-region.
Silva graduated from Tulsa in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in business marketing. She completed her master's degree in sport management at Alabama in 2012.