Florida State College at Jacksonville Athletics announces the hiring of Edric Poitier as the Head Volleyball Coach for the BlueWave. "I'm confident Coach Poitier will continue to grow on the success of FSCJ Volleyball. He has a commitment to building programs that are strong and connections to recruiting high caliber players that can lead our program to the next level", said Athletic Director Ginny Alexander.
Poitier has 14 years of head coaching experience at the NCAA Division I and Division II level. He garnered three Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Coach of the Year awards, four consecutive CIAA Championship and three NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional appearances.
Poitier has most recently been at NCAA DI Savannah State University as the head volleyball coach for the last three seasons. Prior to Savannah State University, Poitier was at Bluefield State College rebuilding a program that had gone 6-113 in the five seasons to a 21-7 record by 2015. Poitier also spent three seasons at Winston-Salem State University from 2010-12 and posted a 43-51 record.
He is known for rebuilding programs as he started his head coach career with St. Augustine's College (now St. Augustine University) and went 113-34 in five seasons at the helm. In his first season, he went 14-13 overall, including going 14-6 in conference play. The next four seasons, Poitier record 20-plus win and a conference championship in each season. In year two, Poitier went 23-6, including a 19-2 mark in conference play and won the conference and was named the CIAA Coach of the Year and followed up with a 22-7 overall record, including a perfect 21-0 conference record and won the CIAA Championship for the second consecutive season and lost in the first round of the NCAA Regionals. Poitier went 29-3 overall and 21-0 in conference play and won the CIAA Championship for the third consecutive season and advanced the second round of the NCAA Regionals and went 25-5 overall and 21-0 in league play with a conference championship and was named Coach of the Year in his final season. He is still the only CIAA coach to ever win an NCAA Tournament First Round match. St. Augustine's went on a 77-game conference win streak over the last four-plus seasons.
The Nassau, Bahamas native coached the Bahamas National Women's Team for nine years from 1992-99 and led the team to two gold medals and three silver medals at the Regional Caribbean Volleyball Championships and was the assistant coach from 1989-92. Poitier played on the Bahamas Men's National Team as a setter for 13 years from 1979-92 and won the bronze medal at Commonwealth Volleyball Championship in London in 1981. Poitier took a break in 2004 and left St. Augustine to work in his homeland in the Bahamas as a police officer while coaching two club teams in five years before returning to coach college in 2010. Poitier graduated from St. Augustine's College in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice.
"I would like to thank Athletic Director Ginny Alexander and the volleyball search committee for selecting me and having the confidence in me to take over and lead this program. I'm very excited about the opportunity to continue to build on the success that FSCJ Volleyball has had in the past and look forward to the opportunity to take them to the next level. My goal is to establish FSCJ as a national powerhouse in NJCAA volleyball."