Sharon McAlexander was the first executive director of the Collegiate Volleyball Coaches Association (now the AVCA) and helped the organization get off the ground. McAlexander worked part-time and obtained legal status, recruited a solid membership and planned and implemented the first national convention. McAlexander served as the assistant volleyball coach at UCLA under Andy Banachowski for several years. After her time at UCLA, she led the program at Ventura College where she compiled an overall record of 73-18. Ventura won two Western State Conference championships (1990 and 1991) with McAlexander and she was named WSC Coach of the Year on two occasions.