In 2011, Allison Jolly is in her seventh season of leading the women sailors at the University of South Florida and brings a wealth of experience and success to the program.
The sailors finished the spring 2011 season No. 12 in the country at the Sperry Top-Sider/ICSA Women's National Championships held in Cascade Locks, Ore. Throughout the season, the Bulls were ranked as high as No. 13 in the nation in Sailing World's College Rankings.
Throughout the year, USF won the St. Francis Intersectional, topping the 31 other schools in the event. The Bulls also placed second in the SAISA Women's Conference Championship and third at the USF Women's Intersectional held in Tampa.
In the fall of 2009, the Bulls won the USF Women's Regatta by nine points, and took fifth with the second team in the 16-squad event. In the spring season, USF placed second out of 19 in the SAISA Conference Regatta.
After the fall 2009 season, the Bulls were ranked No. 12 in the Sailing World College Rankings and No. 10 in the Atlantic Coast Championships, then moved up to No. 14 in the spring 2010 rankings.
Under Jolly's guidance, the Bulls competed in the 2005-06 Women's National Championships and concluded the year ranked among the top-10 programs in the country.
Her competitive career includes two Intercollegiate Championship sailing titles, two US Women's Sailing Championships, runner-up in the European Women's Championships, and the US Yachtswoman of the Year designation, all before graduating from college.
The highlight of her sailing career ocurred when the International Olympic Committee announced the first-ever women's sailing event for the 1988 Olympics. Encouraged by family and friends to campaign for the team, success came in the form of a Gold Medal in Korea with her partner in the 470 class sailboat.
After attending Columbia University School of Engineering as a freshman, she returned to Florida and earned a degree in chemistry from Florida State University. She worked as a chemist in Atlanta and later as a computer programmer in California before returning to Florida once again to coach sailing.
Allison, who was hired to be the USF sailing coach in August of 2004, currently lives in St. Petersburg with her family.