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."
Mandy Bible's Saint Mary's Student Athlete Biography
2006: Named to the West Coast Conference First Team for the third consecutive year, while also being named to the WCC All-Academic Team for the first year...finished the season ranked fourth in conference in assists per game with 11.57, eighth in aces with .37 per game, and fifth in blocks with 1.16 per game...lead the team in assists and aces with 1099 and 35...second on the team in blocks with a total of 110...recorded a triple double on September 28 with 55 assists, 13 digs, and 10 blocks, while also adding eight kills and 3 aces...tallied a season high 65 assists against Gonzaga on October 21 along with 11 digs, eight blocks, and four aces...ended her career as a Gael first in total assists, 5,362, first in assists per game, 12.47, first in service aces, 128, first in service attempts, 1980, second in block assists, 400, and ninth in digs, 939.
2005: Named to the West Coast Conference First Team for the second straight year...played and started in every match this season...moved into second all-time in the Saint Mary's record books with 4,263 assists in her three-year career...second in the WCC and second on the team with 41 aces...totaled 1,341 assists for a 12.53 assists per game average...third on the team with 1.19 blocks per game and averaged 2.09 digs per game...recorded a season-high 69 assists against Utah State on September 17...recorded a season-high 15 digs against Pacific on November 26 and Virginia on September 3...recorded a season-high 10 blocks against Pepperdine on October 8.
2004: Garnered All-WCC First Team honors...was named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week and West Coast Conference Player of the Week after her efforts during the first week of October, in victories over No. 11 Stanford, Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount...was named the Collegiate Volleyball Update National Player of the week after leading the Gaels to first and second round victories in the NCAA Tournament over Sacramento State and Cal...played in 108 out of 110 games during her sophomore season...eclipsed her own SMC single season record with an 12.98 assists average which ranked second in the WCC...her team-leading 1,402 assists ranked her third in the conference...had a season-high 68 assists on September 11 against Oregon State...averaged 0.45 kills per game with 49 kills...averaged 2.64 digs per game with 285...tallied 101 total blocks.
2003: Played in a total of 120 games during her freshman season...with her team leading 1,520 assists, set the SMC single season assists record and currently ranks fifth on the SMC career assists list...led the team with an average of 12.66 assists per game which ranked fifth in the WCC...led the team with a total of 38 aces on the season which tied for sixth on the SMC single season aces list...her 0.32 aces per game average was seventh in the WCC...recorded a total of eight double-doubles on the season in assists and digs...posted a season-high 73 assists and 10 digs against UC Irvine in the Sunset Classic...her 73 assists against the Anteaters was the fifth highest single match total in the WCC...posted a tremendous match which included a double-double against No. 13-ranked Santa Clara after recording 65 assists, 13 digs, and a season-high seven block assists...recorded 31 assists and three aces against California in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament.
High School:Comes to Saint Mary's from San Marcos High School...was the Channel League's MVP in her senior season...was a three time First Team All-Channel League selection and was a First Team CIF Southern Section selection in her senior season...accumulated eight varsity letters, four years in volleyball and four in basketball...was recruited by LMU, Cal, and Miami...has not yet declared a major.
Bible's Career Statistics Season GP-MP K K/G E TA Pct A A/G SA SA/G SE 2003................ 120-33 37 0.31 5 116 .276 1520 12.67 38 0.32 27 2004................ 108-29 49 0.45 12 129 .287 1402 12.98 14 0.13 28 2005................ 107-29 53 0.50 10 138 .312 1341 12.53 41 0.38 35 2006................ 95-25 75 0.79 20 197 .279 1099 11.57 35 0.37 29 TOTAL............... 430-116 214 0.50 47 580 .288 5362 12.47 128 0.30 119
Season DIG D/G RE BS BA TB B/G BE BHE Points Pts/G 2003................ 210 1.75 0 5 82 87 0.73 8 20 121.0 1.01 2004................ 285 2.64 2 4 97 101 0.94 4 14 115.5 1.06 2005................ 224 2.09 3 8 119 127 1.19 4 19 161.5 1.50 2006................ 220 2.32 2 8 102 110 1.16 3 15 169.0 1.78 TOTAL............... 939 2.18 7 25 400 425 0.99 19 68 567.0 1.32
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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VB | No. 19 San Diego Sweeps Saint Mary's
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