Felicia Arriola was named as assistant coach for Georgia volleyball in January 2017 after spending the last eight seasons as a player and coach at Loyola Marymount.
“Felicia has been with me for a while, as a collegiate player and coach, and watching her growth and development over the past seven years has been a wonder,” said Georgia head coach Tom Black. “She can grind with the best of them, and the initiative she takes to constantly improve her craft is an incredible example for our players. She is an excellent coach with a sharp eye and a passion to dive into the details of our craft that others might get bored or frustrated with. Watching her evolution has been a great learning process for me. As grateful as I am to have her here, I’m even more excited for all she will give to our student-athletes.”
In her last three seasons at LMU, Arriola was an assistant coach for the Lions, guiding the team to a pair of NCAA appearances, including a historic run to the Sweet 16 in 2015 after knocking off nationally-ranked Colorado State and top-10 Stanford in Palo Alto. Along with the postseason action, Arriola helped LMU to two 20-win seasons. The 24 wins LMU recorded in 2015 were the most for the program since collecting 26 in 2003. In 2015 LMU also finished third in the West Coast Conference, another best for the team since 2003. Under Arriola’s guidance, LMU had four AVCA All-America selections, six AVCA All-Region picks, an AVCA Region Freshman of the Year and 11 All-Conference honorees along with the Defensive Player of the Year in 2016.
Arriola stepped into coaching after completing a successful collegiate career at LMU and has quickly proven herself as one of the top young coaches, as she was named to the 2016 AVCA Thirty Under 30 Awards list.
Arriola has learned from some of the best coaches in the nation, spending her summers as an intern with the USA Women's National Team alongside Black who was an assistant with Team USA. In addition, she also served as an instructor at a pair of Gold Medal Squared volleyball camps during the summer of 2014.
Over five years as a Lion player, including a 2011 season in which she missed the entire year due to offseason surgery but was still a captain and leader from the sidelines, Arriola amassed 752 kills to rank 22nd in LMU history. Completing her playing career in 2013 before graduating in 2014 with a degree in pre-physical/occupational therapy, Arriola also posted 882 digs at a rate of 2.34 per set.
The Laguna Niguel, California, native was an integral player in building the LMU sand volleyball program, earning a spot in the 2013 AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball National Championships pairs bracket. Arriola also coached the sand volleyball team, as the squad entered the 2015 season ranked No. 5 in the nation.