|Alma Mater:||Florida State|
Allison Jolly joined USF Athletics in 2004 and is in her 13th season as head coach of the sailing team.
Jolly was named to the Florida Sports Hall of Fame in November 2016.
She brings a wealth of experience and success to the Bulls’ program.
Jolly has led the sailing team to six appearances at the ICSA Women's Singlehanded Nationals (2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015) and 12 straight appearances at the ICSA Women's Dinghy Nationals (2005 through 2016). The team’s best finishes were seventh in 2011 and 10th in 2013.
Throughout the fall 2015 season, the Bulls were consistently ranked top 10 in the nation by Sailing World's College Rankings. USF won the 2015 SAISA Women's Fall Conference Championships and finished second at the 2016 SAISA Women’s Spring Championships.
Her competitive career includes two Intercollegiate Championship sailing titles, two U.S. Women's Sailing Championships, runner-up in the European Women's Championships, and the U.S. Yachtswoman of the Year designation, all before graduating from college.
The highlight of her sailing career occurred 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 the sunshine state 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.