The Saint Mary's beach volleyball team won two matches on Saturday, beating Feather River College and San Francisco
The 2018 Saint Mary's beach volleyball schedule features a host of nationally ranked teams from a year ago and three big tournaments
Rob Browning enters his 13th season as the head women's volleyball coach at Saint Mary's in the fall of 2017.
Browning has led the Gaels to sustained success throughout a decade that has seen Saint Mary's volleyball grow both on and off the court. In addition to his duties as head indoor coach, he established beach volleyball as SMC's 17th intercollegiate sport in 2013. Browning now oversees both programs.
Over the past two years under Browning's guidance, Saint Mary's has received four WCC Player-of-the-Year honors in beach volleyball. In 2016 Saint Mary's swept the awards with Dalas Dodd as WCC Player of the Year, Mary Hernandez as Defensive Player of the Year, and Lindsey Knudsen as Freshman of the Year, and Knudsen again being honored as the 2017 WCC Defensive Player of the Year. Saint Mary's has had 10 All WCC award winners in beach the past two years.
In indoor volleyball, the 2013 Gaels finished 18-9 overall and 13-5 in West Coast Conference play, one of the best teams during Browning's tenure and in Saint Mary's history. That year, Browning helped Jordan Shaw, Kristina Graven and Dalas Dodd earn All-WCC honors. Shaw became the first Gaels volleyball player to earn All-Pacific North regional honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association since the organization began naming regional teams in 1995. Both Shaw and Graven were AVCA All-American honorable mention selections. One year earlier, the 2012 Gaels earned an NCAA Tournament at-large berth and advanced to the second round after defeating San Diego State in a thrilling comeback victory at USC's Galen Center.
In addition to four NCAA tournament appearances (2012, '09, '08, '05), Browning led the 2009 Gaels to the program's first-ever WCC Championship. Saint Mary's dominated the WCC, leading the conference in every statistical category. SMC was tops in hitting percentage (.296), opponents hitting percentage (.174), assists per set (13.77), digs per set (15.55), kills per set (14.72), blocks per set (2.76), and service aces per set (1.40).
Browning was hired as the eighth head women's volleyball coach in the program's 28-year history on March 23, 2005. His teams have become known not only as quality competitors on the court but also well known for their abilities in the classroom. Saint Mary's volleyball routinely ranks among the athletic department's best in terms of team GPA and the 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2016-17 teams earned the AVCA Team Academic award.
He was an assistant coach for the USA Men's National Team for six years prior to joining Saint Mary's. He has been to four Olympic Games with the USA men's team: 2000 in Sydney, 2004 in Athens, 2008 in Beijing (where the team won the gold medal), and 2012 in London. He coached the USA Women's Junior National Team to the NORCECA Championship in 2010 and to a 4th place finish at the Junior World Championships in Peru in 2011. Browning worked closely with the USA Women's National team between the London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Games.
Prior to assisting 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.
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 volleyball at BYU from 1987 to 1989. 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.
Browning has been married to Michelle Perez since July, 1989. They have two children, Madison and John.
Get To Know Rob Browning
Favorite volleyball memory: One of my favorite memories is watching Mandy Bible play her heart out in an epic win over Santa Clara on Sept. 28, 2006, the day her mom died. Mandy chose to play that day and led her team back from down 0-2 to win 15-10 in the 5th set against a Santa Clara team that was 10-1 at the time. She nearly pulled off a quadruple double, an extremely rare feat. It was one of the most inspired and inspiring performances I have ever witnessed.
Favorite holiday: Christmas and New Year's Day.
What do you love most about Saint Mary's: The people I get to work with -- the players and my staff. They are exceptional and I love being around them.
What do you love most about SMC Volleyball: I love how our team makes each other better --at volleyball on the court, and as people off the court.
Favorite food or meal: One of my favorite meals is Michelle's chili with corn bread, cheese and lots of tomatoes. (If I'm feeling indulgent it's on a bed of Fritos!)
Top 3 songs: Battle Hymn of the Republic, Pachelbel's Canon performed by George Winston, Gloria by U2.
Favorite books: Team of Rivals; The Book of Mormon and the New Testament; Battle Cry of Freedom; The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; The Outsiders.
Favorite movies: Lawrence of Arabia, Life is Beautiful, The Mission, It's a Wonderful Life.
Personal hobbies: Mountain biking, hiking with my family, road trips with my family.
Personal motto or favorite quote: "They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."
One thing everyone should do in their lifetime: Ride a wave.
Describe yourself in one word: Evolving (slowly).
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