Jan. 26, 2012
Brook Coulter bio
By Nic Hallisey
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo.—Some of Brook Coulter’s first volleyball memories involve Colorado State volleyball. The Fort Collins native attended matches at Moby Arena while growing up, and even kept a three-ring binder full of newspaper clippings about the program.
Coulter, who spent the 2011 season as an assistant coach at Georgia, will return home, joining the CSU volleyball coaching staff as associate head coach. Head Coach Tom Hilbert made the announcement Thursday.
“We’re very excited to have Brook on our staff,” Hilbert said. “She’s going to make an immediate impact at CSU. She’s a great coach, and she can relate very well to players.”
Coulter is a 1995 graduate of Rocky Mountain High School, where as a senior, she led the Lobos to a 30-1 record and the school’s first ever state championship. She is excited for the opportunity to return to Fort Collins.
“First and foremost I want to thank Tom and the CSU athletics administration for allowing me this special opportunity to come home to my hometown,” Coulter said. “I look forward to working with this prestigious program and bringing my skillset and familiarity with this town to CSU.
“When I was growing up, I made my first three-ring CSU Rams volleyball binder. I was 14, and I would cut out every single CSU volleyball newspaper article and put it in the binder. CSU has always been a part of me, and it’s fun to look back on that and have that in my past, especially now that I will be joining the program.”
Hilbert said that Coulter’s diverse background will allow her to work with all aspects of the sport.
“She knows the whole game of volleyball,” Hilbert said. “She’s a good all-around coach, not just specializing in one area. She was a great player herself. She was undersized for a Division-I player, but she was very successful in the Pac-10.”
Coulter spent one season on the Georgia sidelines, training the outside hitters and liberos, as well as coordinating camps, planning freshman transition and working with academics.
The transition to CSU after one season with Georgia was the perfect opportunity for Coulter.
“Tom has put in such tremendous effort to be one of the top programs in America,” she said. “The opportunity to learn from him and work side-by-side with him will be a great growth opportunity for me and my coaching career.”
Prior to her time in Athens, Coulter was an assistant coach at the University of 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.
Coulter has also spent her time coaching away from the college venue. In 2009, she was the head coach for USA Volleyball’s high performance A3 camp, and in 2008, she was an assistant to the bronze medal-winning USA Volleyball Open Adult Championship team. She also founded the Green Valley Ranch 12-and-under Starlings Club program. In June 2009, the Starlings captured the bronze medal at the Starlings National Championship in San Diego, Calif.
Prior to her coaching career, Coulter was a standout player. She played professionally in Europe from 2002-07, competing for teams in Austria, Spain, Germany and Slovenia. She was also employed by Bring It Promotions, where she directed and organized international tours throughout Slovenia and Eastern Europe.
In 2002, before playing overseas, she was an assistant coach at the University of Nevada, where she organized summer camps and maintained a recruiting database.
In college, Coulter was a four-year starter and three-year captain at the University of 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 in service aces (162), and ranks eighth in attempts (3,066) and ninth in digs (1,121). She recorded 56 aces during the 1998 season (third all-time at Cal) and set a Cal single-match aces record with nine against Oregon in 1998. She also coached the Golden Bear Volleyball Club while playing at Cal.
Coulter completed her bachelor of arts in integrative biology in May 2001 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.
“Brook knows the state of Colorado, and she’s well known in the state,” Hilbert said. “She’s a seasoned recruiter and works hard. I think this is a win for all.”
Coulter replaces Jesse Mahoney, who was hired as the University of Denver head coach on Jan. 12.