A dynamic teacher and coach, Alicia Riggan has maintained an impressive level of success in her time at the helm of the Flyers volleyball program. First hired in the summer of 2009 after standout careers at both nearby North Moore High School and UNC Pemborke, Riggan transferred her success as a player to success in coaching quickly. In nice years leading the volleyball program Riggan's teams have finished as Region X Champion or runner up eight times including three Region X titles (2010, 2013, 2017) as well as a trip to the 2010 NJCAA National Tournament and a seventh place finish in the event. Six times she has mentored the Region X player of the year including this year's winner Paige Garner. Riggan garnered Region X coach of the year honors in 2010, 2011 2012, and 2017 as well as District Coach of the year in 2010 after the team's District championship. Coach Riggan's nine year SCC record sits at a strong 171-80.
Coach Riggan's efforts and focus on individual improvements continues to pay off for her student athletes. In her time at SCC 18 of her players have earned First Team All Region X laurels with Miranda Love & Paige Garner grabbing All American honors in 2010 & 2017. Seven of her players captured the NJCAA National Academic Award and her team earned NJCAA recognition as a national academic team in 2014, 2015, and 2016 school year. She won her 100th match as head coach for the Lady Flyers in 2014 and set the records for wins in a season at SCC with a 27-6 campaign this season.
Riggan is also a well recognzied Associate Professor of Physical Education and Health & Fitness Science at Sandhills (since 2009). She is active on numerous campus committees, especially in regards to digital learning. She transitioned to full time teaching after one year at SCC as an admissions associate.
Prior to SCC Riggan completed her Masters of Arts in Sports Administration at UNC Pembroke while coaching a local middle school volleyball team where she would later teach and coach basketball as well. At UNC Pembroke Riggan served in the athletic department as an assistant in the Strength and Conditioning program as well as the Compliance office. Her administration skills are currently used as Associate Athletic Director at Sandhills.
Riggan's playing career as UNC Pembroke included the Brave Award (2007) and Coaches Award (2006). In her final season she led the team in service aces and was second in digs and kills. She was 2nd in the conference in aces with 58. Her success both as a player at UNCP and now as a coach with SCC was impacted by her success in various sports at North Moore High School. She was the Yadkin Valley Female Athlete of the Year in 2002 (the first award given) and scored over 1,000 points in her basketball career. She lettered in four sports (volleyball, basketball, softball, track) and was Homecoming Queen. She was president of SGA, FCA & the Key Club. She remains active in supporting local causes through sports camps and the volleyball teams' annual Pink Out game.
Coaching remains at family affair for the Riggans as her husband, Ryan, is the football coach at nearby Union Pines High School and her brother, Chad, is the baseball coach at Scotland High School, just to the south of SCC. Alicia and Ryan reside with daughter, Brooklyn, in Pinehurst.