Already known as one of the greatest players in Saint Mary's volleyball history, Mandy Bible returned to McKeon Pavilion in 2015 for her first season as an assistant under head coach Rob Browning.
A three-time all-West Coast Conference honoree, Bible graduated from Saint Mary's in 2007 as one of the most accomplished players in the history of the program. She went on to play professionally in Europe, and after recently hanging up her court shoes to pursue other endeavors, Bible now returns to her alma mater to begin her Division I coaching career.
"Returning to Saint Mary's puts a smile on my face every time I think about it," Bible said. "I was so lucky to attend and compete for such an amazing school and I am thrilled to have another opportunity to represent the Gael family. I have so much respect for Rob and all of his past coaching staffs, it is a great honor to know the company I am among and I look forward to continuing the strong tradition of Saint Mary's volleyball."
From 2009 to 2015, Bible continued her playing career in several parts of Europe. She began her career as a member of the OK Luka Koper Volleyball Club in Slovenia, winning a bronze medal in the 2010-11 season. In 2011, she signed with ASKO Linz Steg Volleyball Club and competed in the CEV Cup, Middle European League and Austrian League. She helped the club finished second in the Austrian League both seasons, and advanced to the CEV Cup quarterfinals during the 2012-13 season. After taking 2013-14 off, Bible re-signed with OK Luka Koper and earned an award for best setter in Slovenia while helping the club reach the finals of the Slovenian Cup. While overseas, she also caught the coaching bug, helping to coach mini and juniors volleyball in Europe.
Bible made her mark at Saint Mary's as a setter, but she did a lot more than simply set up plays. She ended career as a Gael first in total assists with 5,362, first in assists per game with 12.47, first in service aces (128), first in service attempts (1980), second in block assists (400) and ninth in digs (939).
She also made a mark away from the court, earning a spot on the WCC All-Academic team as a senior. That type of well-rounded resume will fit in well with the Gaels, who have been known throughout Browning's tenure as a team that does just as well in the classroom as on the court. Bible also spent time assisting in the Saint Mary's athletic department and served in a variety of roles.
"There are always a handful of people you have over the years who embody everything you want in a student-athlete; Mandy is one of them for me," Browning said. "She was the heart of the teams that experienced tremendous success at Saint Mary's, but she is also so much more than that. Mandy is an outstanding role model for the young women in our volleyball family. She lives a balanced life, had a remarkable professional career, has overcome great adversity, and excelled academically."
Get To Know Mandy Bible
Favorite volleyball memory: Beating Stanford in McKeon Pavilion, beating Cal in five sets to advance to the Sweet 16 or just beating any Pac-12 team.
Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving.
What do you love most about Saint Mary's: The community.
What do you love most about SMC Volleyball: I love our team's enthusiasm to improve, both as players and as people.
Favorite food or meal: Macaroni and cheese.
Top 3 songs: Stand by Me by Ben E. King, All For You by Sister Hazel and Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles.
Favorite books: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, the entire Harry Potter series (but mostly The Goblet of Fire) by J.K. Rowling, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and Wooden by John Wooden.
Favorite movies: A League of Their Own, The Shawshank Redemption and any old musical.
Personal hobbies: Traveling, knitting/crocheting, cooking Slovenian cuisine and spoiling my nieces.
Personal motto or favorite quote: "Everything happens for a reason."
One thing everyone should do in their lifetime: Travel internationally, find a place to sit (maybe order a coffee) and observe life.
Describe yourself in one word: Adaptable.
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5/13/2017 - Beach Volleyball
BVB | Knudsen, Rund Reach Quarterfinals At USAV Championship
5/11/2017 - Beach Volleyball
BVB | Knudsen, Rund Split At USAV Collegiate Championship
5/3/2017 - Beach Volleyball
BVB | Knudsen, Rund Chosen For USAV Collegiate Championship
5/3/2017 - Beach Volleyball
BVB | Six Gaels Earn WCC All-Academic Honors
04/26/2017 - Beach Volleyball
BVB | Five Gaels Honored on 2017 All-WCC Teams
04/23/2017 - Beach Volleyball
BVB | Gaels Reach Semifinals At WCC Championship
04/22/2017 - Beach Volleyball
BVB | Saint Mary's Advances To Day 2 Of WCC Championship
04/19/2017 - Beach Volleyball
BVB | Gaels Enter WCC Championships as Two-Seed
04/15/2017 - Beach Volleyball