Robert G. Skinner
Entering his 26th season as head coach of the Albany State University Lady Rams, Robert Skinner has built one of the most successful college women's volleyball programs in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and the South Region.
A man of many talents, Skinner has coached the ASU Lady Rams volleyball team to great success. He has led the Lady Rams to 10 SIAC championships in 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Under his guidance, Albany State has made nine NCAA Division II tournament appearances (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009). He has accumulated an overall record of 414-271 at Albany State.
Skinner is a 1979 graduate of Murray State University in Murray, Ky. Prior to joining the Albany State University family in 1991, he was head coach women's volleyball and basketball coach at Paine College in Augusta, Ga.
Verniece N. Graham
Verniece N. Graham enters her seventh season as the assistant head coach for volleyball of the Albany State University Lady Rams. Coach Graham is a 2008 graduate of Albany State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Physical Education and Recreation.
Graham attended St. Petersburg Junior College in 2002-2004 on a softball scholarship where she was a 1st team All-Conference softball player. Graham transferred to Albany State University in August of 2004 where she chose to play volleyball as well as softball. She was an outside hitter and libero in volleyball and a middle infielder in softball.
She had an outstanding athletic career at Albany State. During the 2004 and 2005 seasons, she earned numerous awards. In volleyball, she was named Best All Around Player. For softball, she won Most Valuable Player, Offensive MVP, and was named to the SIAC 1st Team All-Conference.
During the 2005 and 2006 seasons, she earned Most Valuable Player for volleyball and Most Valuable Player, Offensive MVP, 1st and 2nd Team All-Conference in softball. In 2006-2007, she was named 2nd Team All-Conference in volleyball. She was also named ASU’s Female Athlete of the Year two years in a row. Graham helped the ASU volleyball team win three straight SIAC Championships and an SIAC Championship for softball.
As a coach, she is trying to instill the winning tradition of the Albany State University Lady Rams that she is accustomed to. While coaching, she has had a hand in two SIAC Volleyball Championships in 2008 and 2009, and two SIAC championships in softball in 2009 and 2013.
Graham attends Mount Zion Baptist Church in Albany, GA. She is also the mother of sons Chayse (4) and Chandler (6 months).