Release Courtesy of Rhode Island College Athltic Communications/Sports Information
Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College has named Sherri Heard as its new head women's volleyball coach. Heard takes over for Leo Bush, who recently stepped down to pursue other interests.
"I am extremely excited to start my new journey as the head coach for the women's volleyball team," Heard said. "I want to thank Athletic Director Don Tencher for this amazing opportunity. I love being a part of the RIC community and cannot wait to fight for a championship next season. I am happy to start my new head coaching career where I started as a student-athlete."
Heard has spent the past four seasons as the assistant women's volleyball coach at RIC. She assisted Coach Bush with all phases of the program, including recruiting, scouting, administering practice and match coaching.
A former member of the Rhode Island College women's volleyball team, the Coventry, R.I. native closed out her career as an Anchorwoman having played in 484 games in 134 matches. She totaled 1,001 career kills (2.1/game), a .228 hitting percentage, 107 assists (.22/game), 58 service aces (.119), 159 digs (.33/game) and 279 blocks (.58/game). She ranks fourth and is one of only four former players to eclipse the 1,000-kill milestone all-time at RIC. Heard is fifth in career blocks and ninth in hitting percentage.
As a senior in 2007, she played in 114 games in 32 matches, totaling 318 kills (2.8/game), a .243 hitting percentage, 51 assists (.45/game), 57 digs (.50/game) and 75 blocks (.66/game). Heard was second on the team in kills, hitting percentage and blocks.
As a junior in 2006, Heard played in 123 games in 33 matches totaling 286 kills (2.33/game), a .291 hitting percentage, 27 assists (.22/game), four service aces (.03/game), 27 digs (.22/game) and 71 blocks (.58/game). Heard was named the Little East Conference Women's Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week once on the season. She was second on the team in kills, hitting percentage and blocks.
As a sophomore in 2005, she played in 122 games in 36 matches. She had 169 kills (1.39/game), 23 assists (0.19/game), 37 digs (0.30/game) and 56 blocks (0.46/game).
As a freshman in 2004, Heard played in 125 games in 33 matches. She had 228 kills (1.82/game), a .211 hitting percentage, 54 service aces (0.43/game), six assists (0.05/game), 38 digs (.30/game) and 77 blocks (0.62/game). She was named the Little East Conference's Rookie of the Week twice on the season.
Heard was a three-sport athlete who also competed for the RIC women's lacrosse team and the RIC women's basketball team. She closed out her lacrosse career having played in 37 games, starting 34 of them. She totaled 17 goals, five assists, 22 points, 44 shots, 55 ground balls, 40 draw controls and 20 caused turnovers in three seasons with the program.
She finished her basketball career having played in 90 games, starting 24 of them. She totaled 438 points, 301 rebounds, 35 assists, 25 blocks and 69 steals during her career. Heard averaged 4.9 rebounds and 3.3 rebounds per game and owned a .763 (145-190) career free throw percentage, which ranks sixth all-time.
Prior to coming to RIC, Heard served as an assistant women's volleyball coach at Johnson & Wales University from 2012-14. Prior to that, she was the varsity girls volleyball coach at Cumberland High School from 2010-12. Heard also spent two seasons as the junior varsity women's lacrosse coach from 2010-12 as well.
Since 2010, Heard has worked as an elementary physical education teacher in the Cumberland Public School System. She is also employed by the Seven Hills Foundation in Rhode Island, where she serves as a Personal Assistance Supports and Services (PASS) worker and helps families of children with special health care needs with daily life skills.
A 2004 graduate of Coventry High School, she earned her bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education from Rhode Island College in the fall of 2009.