July 30, 2009
A four-time All-WCC middle blocker at San Diego and a Cupertino, Calif. native, former professional volleyball player Debra Robertson has been hired as a volunteer coach at Santa Clara University head coach Jon Wallace announced today. Her responsibilities will include all aspects of the program; and concentrating on developing the middle blockers and aiding in the acclimation of the younger players.
A 2003 graduate of San Diego with a degree in Communication, Robertson, a two-time captain and three-time Coach's Award recipient, helped lead the Toreros the NCAA Tournament all four years; and the team won the 1998 WCC title.
"Having an experienced, elite player from the WCC like Debra will help with our younger players development. Her youthful attitude is exciting for our staff as well," said Wallace, entering his 11th year at the Bronco helm. "Coming to Santa Clara is a great opportunity for Debra as she begins her collegiate coaching career. We are excited to call her a Bronco!"
"I'm thrilled with the opportunity to learn from an experienced staff and work with a top team in the WCC," said Robertson. "As a former player I'm looking forward to sharing my experiences, especially with six freshmen coming in. I am excited to help aid the Broncos in their efforts to make their 12th straight NCAA Tournament."
Robertson played professionally in Glarus, Switzerland for two years, winning the league in 2003-04 before her career was cut short by a knee injury. Prior to attending USD, Robertson played club volleyball for City Beach of Santa Clara. Her team won the gold medal at Junior Olympic 18s Open in 1998.
Robertson has worked as a club coach for City Beach Girl's Volleyball Club the past three years. She also worked as a club coach for Club Yahoo! 15 in 2006. In addition to working as a club coach, she also coached volleyball at Saint Andrew's School in Saratoga (girls, 2005), University of San Diego High School (boys, 2003); and has a worked as a volleyball camp coach at Santa Clara, Stanford, San Diego and LMU since 1999.
Robertson has worked at Fremont Union High School District the past four years as a Bright Beginnings Preschool teacher. She also worked as an account manager for Professional Exhibits and Graphics in Sunnyvale the past year and a half prior to working at Caliper Life Sciences for three years in Mountain View.
A 1998 graduate of Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, Calif., she led her team to the Nor Cal Division I title in 1997, earning all-league honors.