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Photos from CSU's come-from-behind victory at San Diego State. The No. 12 Rams improved to 17-0. [Photos by Nic Hallisey]
The Rams spent Thursday, Nov. 29, preparing for No. 22 Purdue, their NCAA tournament first-round opponent.
CSU volleyball vs. No. 22 Purdue in the first round of the 2012 NCAA tournament, played in Tallahassee, Fla.
No. 24 Colorado State dropped a five-set thriller against No. 14 Tennessee on Aug. 31.
Brook Coulter joined the Colorado State volleyball coaching staff on Jan. 26, 2012, as associate head coach, and begins her third season with the program in 2014. With her diverse background, Coulter works with all aspects of the program, including first-contact defense, outside hitting and as the team's recruiting coordinator.
By coaching at CSU, Coulter was able to return to her hometown. A 1996 graduate of Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Coulter spent her childhood watching CSU volleyball. She attended matches at Moby Arena, and beginning at the age of 14, even kept a three-ring binder full of newspaper clippings.
In just two seasons as associate head coach, she has made a lasting impact on the CSU volleyball program. The Rams have won back-to-back Mountain West championships with Coulter's assistance, and in 2013, set a program record with a .933 winning percentage. CSU ranked as high as No. 9 nationally, and began the season 27-0.
The Rams' back-row defense held a .953 reception percentage, sixth-best in program history, and set a school record with a .926 serve percentage. On offense, CSU hit .299, second-best in program history.
Over the past two seasons, CSU has earned eight All-Mountain West selections and six AVCA All-Region nods. Coulter has tutored some of the program's top defensive specialists, including Izzy Gaulia - who ranks second for career digs - Cassidy Denny - whose .952 serve percentage in 2013 ranked second all-time for a true freshman - and Jaime Colaizzi - who as a sophomore in 2013 had 26 double-figure dig matches (tied for fourth), including 23 in a three-set win over Air Force (fifth-most for a three-set match).
Away from the court, she plays a large role in CSU's development process as the program's recruiting coordinator. She is also instrumental to the Rams' academic success, which has been shown with the team's 18 Mountain West Academic All-Conference selections over the past two seasons, in addition to an Academic All-American.
Prior to her time at CSU, Coulter spent one season (2011) as an assistant coach at Georgia, training the Bulldogs' outside hitters and liberos, as well as coordinating camps, planning freshman transition and working with academics.
Before her stint in Athens, Ga., Coulter was an assistant coach at Denver for four seasons (2007-10). There, she worked with the team's outside hitters and defensive specialists, in addition to many off-the-court aspects of the program. The Pioneers went 77-54 during her tenure, including a program-best 25-7 mark in 2008.
Her coaching career began as a volunteer assistant at Nevada in 2002, where she organized summer camps and maintained a recruiting database. After one season in Reno, however, she put coaching on hold to continue her playing career.
She played professionally in Europe from 2002-07, competing for teams in Slovenia, Austria, Spain, Germany and Holland. She was also employed by Bring It Promotions, where she directed and organized international tours throughout Slovenia and eastern Europe.
In college, Coulter was a four-year starter and three-year captain at California. The outside hitter was named to the All-Pac-10 freshman team in 1996 and was a two-time member of the Pac-10 honorable mention squad. Today, she still ranks first all-time in Cal's record book for career service aces (162) and aces in a match (nine). She finished her career ranked sixth for digs (1,121) and seventh for kills (966), and in 1998, her 56 aces ranked fourth nationally.
As a senior in 1999, she was coached by long-time CSU Head Coach Rich Feller. Coulter was a two-sport athlete, also competing with the women's basketball team for one season.
Away from the college level, Coulter has a wealth of experience with the international game.
In 2014, she was an assistant coach for the U.S. Girls' Youth National Team, earning a silver medal at the NORCECA Women's U-18 Continental Championship in Costa Rica and a berth in the 2015 FIVB Women's U-18 World Championship.
Coulter served as head coach for the 2013 USA Future Select National Training Program, working with the top athletes under 13 years of age. In 2010 and 2011, she was an assistant coach for the USA Volleyball Women's A2 Junior National Team in England and for the Global Challenge in Croatia, winning a gold medal. She was the head coach for 2009 USA Volleyball's High Performance A3 camp, and the year prior, in 2008, was an assistant on the bronze medal-winning USA Women's A2 Volleyball Open Adult Championship team.
Additionally, Coulter founded the Green Valley Ranch U-12 Starlings club program. In June 2009, the Starlings captured the bronze medal at the Starlings National Championship in San Diego, Calif. As a student-athlete at Cal, she coached the Golden Bear Volleyball Club.
Coulter earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in integrative biology in 2001 from California, and was a physical therapy aide at the Nevada Physical Therapy-Orthopedic and Sports Rehabilitation Clinic upon graduation. Her parents still live in Fort Collins.
|2002||Nevada||Volunteer Assistant Coach|
|2012-Present||Colorado State||Associate Head Coach|
|2002||Nevada||NCAA Tournament First Round|
|2012||Colorado State||NCAA Tournament First Round|
|2013||Colorado State||NCAA Tournament First Round|
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