LAS CRUCES, N.M. (Nov. 19, 2012) - Head coach Mike Jordan announced that Aleisha Coates has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend school and play volleyball at New Mexico State University starting in the summer of 2013.
Coates, currently a senior at Silverado High School in Los Angeles, Calif., made the official commitment this past Wednesday signing an NLI to join the Aggies. She is a four-year varsity letterwinner and was named Daily Press Girls Volleyball Athlete of the Year last year.
"Aleisha is a phenomenal athlete. She's a huge jumper with great body control and a tremendous arm," Jordan said. "She's a Pac 12-level athlete that has made the transition to outside hitter look easy. She's going to be a dominant six-rotation outside hitter eventually and we're excited to have her join us next summer. Aleisha is a great student and a terrific person and will have a positive impact on and off the court."
Coates has led her team to two Desert Sky League Championships and was named to the all-league team in 2010 and 2011 while also being named to the league all-tournament team in 2010 and 2012. She was named the league player of the year in 2011, while also being named to the All-CIF Southern Section team and to the league all-star team.
Coates trained with former NCAA All-American and 2012 USA Olympian Destiny Hooker this past summer and credits her for being such a great role model and inspiration.
"I think it's going to be a good place for me to grow and learn to be an adult without my mom and dad," Coates said. "The coach is like another father to us, and I think that will help me out as well."
Coates said the city really supported the university's athletic teams and even had athletes' photos up on the wall of restaurants.
The Aggies first became aware of Coates when Arizona coach David Rubio referred Coates from his camp last summer to his brother and New Mexico St. assistant coach Keith Rubio. David Rubio didn't have any scholarships to offer Coates, but told her there was no reason for her not being signed already.
NM State opens the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Tournament as the No. 4 seed taking on No. 5 seed Denver at 4 p.m. (MT), Monday, Nov. 19 in San Antonio, Texas. Live stats will be available free of charge online at www.NMStateSports.com, while the match is also scheduled to be air on the radio in Las Cruces on KSNM AM 570.