Head Women's Basketball Coach
For the second time in five years, Joan Albury returned a familiar position with Peru State as she was named the interim head women’s basketball coach on January 1, 2018.
Previously, Albury served in that position for the 2013-14 and then was named the head coach for the 2014-15 season before moving to Florida. In those two seasons, the Bobcats went 18-43 overall, with improvement seen in the second year.
Upon her family’s return to the area, Albury served one semester as the College’s interim head volleyball coach where she led the team to a 32-9 mark – one of the best in recent years.
Prior to being named as the current interim head coach, Albury was a math instructor for the Saint Albert school in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Albury's head high school basketball coaching experience included seven years with stops at Morgan County (Ky.) HS, McKenzie (Tenn.) HS, Holmes County (Fla.) HS, and Bethlehem (Fla.) HS. In addition, Albury spent two years as an assistant basketball coach at Crockett Co. (Tenn.) HS and Sonoraville (Ga.) HS. Also, Albury was a head high school softball coach for five years at Morgan County HS and Bethlehem HS.
At the collegiate level, Albury's served as an assistant basketball coach at Pikeville (Ky.) College. In addition, Albury spent eight seasons as the head volleyball coach at Union College and Lambuth University and five seasons as the head softball coach at Pikeville and Lambuth. Albury also was an assistant volleyball coach at the University of Rio Grande in Ohio.
Albury was the Mid-South Conference Softball Coach of the Year in 1998 and 1999. Also, Albury is second in total volleyball coaching victories at Union College.
Albury played both basketball and softball at Union College and was a three-year starter and letter winner in each. During her senior basketball season, Albury was the district's leading three-point shooter. Albury graduated Union in 1988 with a bachelor of science in math education. In 1991, Albury completed her master of arts in math education at Morehead State (Ky.) University.
Peru State women’s basketball head coach Joan Albury has announced the recent hiring of Ian Holleran as an assistant coach.
Holleran joins the Peru State women's basketball staff after spending the past two seasons at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. While in Austin, Holleran served as the graduate assistant for the women's basketball team.
Albury commented, “Ian is a great addition to our coaching staff. His experience in recruiting and player development will be a great asset in the implementation of our junior varsity program. His work with film and scouting will definitely be a plus for both team levels. Ian will improve and promote Peru State College Women's Basketball in all aspects."
While at St. Edward's, Holleran was involved in all aspects of the program. While performing the role of graduate assistant, Holleran planned team travel, monitored academic progress, assisted with fundraising, and coordinated community service. In addition, Holleran conducted player workouts, film sessions, recruited student-athletes, and scouted opponents among other duties assigned by the coaching staff. During Holleran's second season, St. Edward's reached the semifinals of the Heartland Conference Championships. The Hilltoppers placed two players on the All-Heartland Women's Basketball Team.
Prior to St. Edward's Holleran served as the assistant women’s basketball Coach at Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln from 2016-17. With Holleran on staff, the Prairie Wolves improved their win total by nine games in his first season. Among numerous other duties, Holleran provided scouting reports, assisted with recruiting, developed game plans and ran workouts for players.
Prior to Nebraska Wesleyan, Holleran was the reserve girls basketball coach and varsity assistant at Lincoln High School in Lincoln from 2015-16. He also worked as the assistant boys basketball coach at Lincoln Northeast High School from 2014-15.
Originally from Herndon, Virginia, Holleran graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in education and from St. Edward's University in 2019 with a master's degree in leadership and change.
Holleran stated, “I am very excited that Coach Albury gave me the opportunity to join the Peru State women's basketball family. Everyone on campus has been very welcoming from the start and I can already tell that this is a very special place to work. I can't wait to start working with the team and help build a winning tradition here at Peru.