- How long have you been working at Chapman / how did you get here?
I grew up in the City of Orange, graduating from Orange high school. After high school I attended Golden West College before transferring to Chapman to play volleyball. After graduating from Chapman College in 1986, I stayed at Chapman as an assistant volleyball coach for 1 year. I was named the head coach here at Chapman in 1989. This August I will be starting my 33rd year of coaching here at Chapman. As you can see, I never made it too far from home.
- What’s your favorite story from working at Chapman?
As you can imagine I have so many stories and memories from over the years. There are new stories/memories made every season. A couple of team memories that come to mind are: having a player fall into the water at the San Antonio river walk and playing in the NCAA tournament in Texas in front of a full gymnasium – all rooting for the other team.
- What’s the best part about working with student-athletes at Chapman?
The best part of working with student-athletes is witnessing their growth as individuals. I enjoy watching a young 17/18 year old come to Chapman and 4 years later seeing a mature, confident, grown adult graduate. It is like watching your own child grow up. I have had the privilege over the past 32 years of coaching women who not only are competitive athletes, but they understand the balance of athletics and academics.
- What is the best moment from your over 30 years of coaching at Chapman?
There have been so many great moments. Qualifying for NCAA and SCIAC tournaments. Having athletes recognized for all their hard work on the court and in the classroom. Some most recent moments are going undefeated on our home court in 2019, beating CMS the past 2 years and finishing second in SCIAC.
- Anything else you want to say to alumni?
I would like to thank the alumni for all their support, not just for the Athletic Department but for the entire University. You have all made Chapman University what it is today. Hopefully you will get to visit the campus and attend a game or two.