Moraga, Calif, March 23, 2005 - Rob Browning, an assistant coach for the USA menís national Volleyball team for the past six years, has accepted the head coach position for the Saint Maryís College Womenís Volleyball team, the school announced Wednesday.
Carl R. Clapp, Saint Mary's director of athletics, announced Browningís hiring as the eighth head women's Volleyball coach in the program's 27-year history. Browning was a unanimous choice among the selection committee, players and staff. He replaces Jon Stevenson, who resigned on Feb. 17 following three successful years as head coach.
"We are excited that Rob Browning is joining Saint Mary's College as our head women's Volleyball coach," Clapp said. "He brings outstanding coaching experience, a passion for the game of Volleyball and a commitment to excellence in the classroom and on the court. Rob is the perfect person to build on the success our women's Volleyball team has experienced the past few years."
Browning is an experienced coach in all levels of the game and has been working with Team USA since 1999. In 1999 and 2000 he served as the teamís technical coordinator. In 2001 he became an assistant coach. During his tenure Browning has traveled with the USA men all over the world for events, including the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games (in Australia and Greece, respectively), the 1999 and 2003 World Cups in Japan and the 2002 World Championships in Argentina.
"My family and I are very happy about this opportunity and weíre ready to jump in with both feet. Saint Mary's College is a perfect fit for us and we are looking forward to being a part of the wonderful community here," Browning said.
While working with Team USA, Browning assisted in all aspects of coaching and administering the team. Browning produced and analyzed statistics and video on USA and opponents, helped put together scouting reports, provided data and input for practice planning and helped run drills and manage all aspects of practice.
"Itís a great move for Rob," said first-year Team USA head coach Hugh McCutcheon, who was an assistant coach with Browning for two years. "Itís a wonderful opportunity to coach a top-20 Volleyball team. I think the stability of the collegiate game is probably better suited for him being a family guy with two young kids. He also has some family in the Bay Area, so it has worked out for him very well.
"Itís very sad to lose him, not just professionally but personally as well," McCutcheon added. "We became very good friends over the course of the quad, and of course he is very, very good at what he does. We wish him all the best. I am sure heíll do a great job at Saint Maryís, but for me I am sad to see him go."
Prior to coaching the men's national team, Browning served as a volunteer assistant on the Byu men's Volleyball team for three years, culminating in Byu's first Ncaa national championship in 1999. Browning was the head coach of the Holton-Arms School girl's varsity team from 1994-96 and created, directed and coached the Fairfax Juniors Boys Volleyball Club in Fairfax, Va.
"Jon Stevenson left huge shoes to fill, but he also left a well-trained team that knows how to win and is willing to pay the price to maintain the level of excellence that has been established. I am prepared to meet this opportunity head on," Browning said.
A native of Newport Beach, Calif., Browning earned his bachelor of arts degree in Spanish translation with a minor in international relations from Byu in 1990. He played on the Byu men's collegiate club team from 1987-89. Browning graduated from Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, where he lettered in Volleyball for two years and was named a 1984 Orange County All-Star.