The fact that Virtue also has a strong background in collegiate volleyball, having played for Illinois and worked as an assistant coach for Loyola Chicago, Cincinnati, Michigan and Northwestern, gives her a well-diversified profile, which excites the players.
“I think it’s a really special thing that only we can speak to, walking into an office and looking to your left and seeing a gold medal on the wall,” senior outside hitter Allison Jacobs said. “That’s not something that no one else in the Big Ten or in NCAA volleyball, other than one school now, can say. And I think that just speaks to how amazing she is not only as a coach but also as a person, where she’s able to get to that stage and be successful at the highest level. For anyone on the outside but also in our program, it comes with an automatic respect where like you know this girl knows what she’s talking about, and you can tell when you’re in practice that she knows what she’s talking about, and it’s really fun to learn from her.”