Volleyball Coaching Staff
Van Compton
Head Coach

Van Compton has been at the helm of the UALR Volleyball program for 26 seasons, recording a 444-334(.571) record at UALR and a 196-113 (.634) record in the Sun Belt. She has led the Trojans to three regular season Sun Belt Conference championships, four tournament championships and four appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

In 2013, UALR finished the year second in the conference behind another stellar offensive season from Edina Begic. The junior claimed the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year Award and was also named an Honorable Mention All-American. The Trojans finished the season with a 20-11 record and were 12-6 in Sun Belt Play. The team won the New Mexico State Tournament as well as the Memphis Tiger Invitational in non-conference play.

In 2012, Compton helped guide the Trojans to their first Sun Belt Conference Division Title since 2000. After going 4-8 in its pre-conference schedule, UALR went 9-5 in the SBC. Compton coached her third SBC Player of the year as Edina Begic finished second in the nation in both points (5.74) and kills (5.08) per set. After starting the year 1-4 in matches that go the distance, Compton guided the Trojans to a 6-0 record in conference play in five-set matches.

In 2011, Compton coached her fourth Sun Belt Freshman of the Year as Edina Begic earned the honor and was named second team All-Sun Belt Conference.

In 2008, Compton led the Trojans to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in school history and a second place finish in the Sun Belt west division. Also for the first time in school history, Amy Hafner earned Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year. Amila Barakovic earned first team All-SBC honors, while Anita Bucur earned second team.

In 2005, Compton was named the Sun Belt Conference all-time volleyball coach. 

Compton has led the Trojans to an over-.500 winning record in Sun Belt Conference play 20 times and became the first coach in conference history to record 100 Sun Belt victories with the Trojans' 3-0 victory over New Orleans on October 18, 2003.

Since 1991, when UALR joined the conference, the Trojans are the only team to win three consecutive conference tournaments. Compton led the 1996 Trojan squad to its first-ever Sun Belt Conference title. UALR then advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time. The 1997 season saw Compton leading an injury-plagued squad to its first-ever regular season title as well as its second-consecutive tournament title. The Trojans advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight year in 1997. In 1998, the Trojans made Sun Belt history with their third consecutive tournament title and NCAA appearance. The 1999 season saw the end of the Trojans' run at tournament titles, but still kept UALR’s string of success alive with a share of the regular season title. In 2000, the Trojans' success began anew, as the squad won both the regular-season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA tournament in Gainesville, Fla.

In 1988, Compton resurrected the volleyball program at UALR. The following season was a major turnaround for the Trojans. Compton led the 1989 Trojans to a 27-11 record, improving by 21 victories over the previous year. In 1990, the team finished at 21-3 and finished second in the NAIA District 17 Tournament. Along with the rest of the UALR program, the volleyball team made a big step in competition, moving to the Sun Belt Conference in 1991.

UALR has reached the conference tournament 18 out of 20 seasons since being in the Sun Belt. In 1993, Compton was named the Sun Belt Coach of the Year after directing the Trojans to a 24-12 mark and a second-place finish in the league.

A graduate of Arkansas State, Compton taught high school in her native Forrest City, Ark., before becoming women's basketball and volleyball coach at Arkansas College. She joined the UALR athletic program in 1986 as women's basketball coach before taking over the volleyball reins in 1988.

Compton and her late husband, Skipper, have a daughter, Missy.

Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Arkansas State
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