The SWAC congratulates Prairie View A&M senior woman administrator and head volleyball coach, Alicia Pete, on her induction into the Prairie View Sports Hall of Fame – Class of 2012.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Pete was recruited to play basketball at Prairie View A&M before joining the Lady Panther volleyball team from 1987-1991. She earned All-SWAC volleyball honors and was selected to the SWAC All-Tournament team in 1989 and 1990.
After her playing career, Pete worked in retail management for six years. She became Head Bowling Coach at Prairie View A&M in 1997 and became Head Volleyball Coach in 1999. In her first season as Head Volleyball Coach, Pete received SWAC Coach of the Year honors after guiding the team to its second SWAC title and first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
As a result of her team’s accomplishments, Pete was recognized by Don Powell of the Texas A&M Board of Regents. In 2006, Pete made history once again as she led the Lady Panthers to their third SWAC Championship after winning the SWAC Tournament on the campus of Prairie View A&M University in addition to being named the SWAC’s Coach of the Year. The team also made its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament as they faced the University of Texas.
Pete continued her string of excellence as the Lady Panther Volleyball team won the 2010 SWAC West Title with an unblemished record. Once again, Pete worked her magic in the fall of 2011 as the Lady Panthers captured the divisional crown for the second straight season despite a revamped roster full of newcomers. She was named Assistant Athletic Director for Women’s sports in February of 2003.
Her primary role is to assist the Athletic Director in the administration of 10 NCAA Division I women’s sports programs at the university along with assisting in the development and implementation of gender equity plans, coordinates annual updates of the department’s procedural manual and monitors the programs compliance with Title IX .
Active in the community, Pete has volunteered her time with the annual Toys for Tots Program and Prairie View A&M’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee in addition to serving as a member of Order of Eastern Star and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She has also represented Prairie View A&M University on a national level by serving several years as a member on the NCAA Division I Championships/Competition Cabinet along with being the Chairperson of the SWAC’s Senior Woman Administrators. Pete is also a member of the school’s Athletic Council and also had a short stint as an assistant coach for the Lady Panther softball team in 2001.
She received both a bachelor’s degree in Business administration in 1991 and a master’s degree in Health in 1998 from Prairie View A&M University. Pete is married to John O. Pete, Sr. They have two children – John, Jr. and Ricky.
Courtesy of SWAC