Texas Southern University Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Kevin Granger announced today that Gabrielle Floyd has been promoted to head coach of the volleyball program.
Floyd becomes the fourth head coach in the history of the program.
“Coach Floyd has paid her dues as an assistant coach at the university and is deserving of this opportunity,” said Granger. “She provides continuity and familiarity with the university, conference and local area. Her experience as a former student-athlete at Texas Southern and ability to relate to the student-athletes will help us to raise the profile of our volleyball program to new heights.”
“It is an honor to be able to lead the volleyball program as an alumnus of this great university,” said Floyd. “Being a part of this program is a treasure, and I have always wanted the best for it. I will continue to work hard for each student-athlete and the Texas Southern community. We want to build on our winning tradition by honoring our past with a dedicated focus to become the standard of excellence in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. I am truly grateful for this opportunity and grateful for the trust and support I have received from our Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics, Kevin Granger, and the athletic administration. GO TIGERS!”
A native of Missouri City, Texas, Floyd is a former two-sport athlete at TSU as she played both volleyball and tennis. As a senior on the volleyball court in 2001, Floyd was an All-SWAC Preseason First Team honoree and co-captain. She led the Tigers to a divisional championship and top seed in the SWAC Tournament as she ranked third on the team in kills (213) while finishing tied for third in the SWAC in digs (270). As a result of her play on the court that season, Floyd earned SWAC Player of the Week honors and was named Second Team All-SWAC while earning SWAC All-Tournament honors. As a junior in 2000, Floyd finished with 228 digs and was second on the team as a sophomore in 1999 with 222 digs while amassing 135 kills in 97 games along with 21 aces. Floyd capped off her storied collegiate volleyball career by earning several All-Tournament awards, including MVP honors.
After graduating in 2002, Floyd spent three seasons as a graduate assistant at Texas Southern and was promoted to assistant coach in 2005. As an assistant coach, Floyd has played a major role in the progression of the volleyball program during her tenure. In 2013, she helped lead TSU to its first winning season since 2001 while also winning three SWAC West Titles and a pair of appearances in the SWAC Tournament Championship match. She has had 15-plus student-athletes earn All-SWAC honors under her watch.
In addition to serving on the coaching staff for the past decade, Floyd serves on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Assistant Coaches Committee (ACC) as the SWAC Representative. She’s also a full-time professor in the Department of Health, Kinesiology & Sport Studies and has served on several committees within the department and for the College of Education.
Floyd graduated in 2002 from TSU with a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs and holds a master’s in Health Education from TSU. She’s a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and volunteers at student leadership and growth events across the Houston area. Coach Floyd and her husband, Quantas, a former student-athlete and alumnus of Texas Southern, have a daughter and future student-athlete, Alexandrea.