May 14, 2014
USA Volleyball release
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Associate head coach Brook Coulter has been selected to serve as an assistant coach for this summer’s U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team (GYNT).
The GYNT is the highest level of programming for players born in 1998 or 1999. The squad will represent the United States at the biennial NORCECA Women’s U18 Continental Championship June 22-30 in Costa Rica. Team USA has won the tournament six consecutive editions, and seven of eight times in the event’s history. The NORCECA event is a qualifier into the 2015 FIVB Volleyball Women’s U18 World Championship.
“It’s a great honor to be selected to assist our U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team under the guidance of Jim Stone,” Coulter said. “Any time you are privileged enough to be a part of a USA program it is always a special and growing opportunity to represent your country. I look forward to working with these young, elite players, and continuing the successes of our U.S. youth team.”
Coulter will work under former Ohio State head coach Jim Stone, and alongside East Tennessee State head coach Lindsey Devine. Iowa State graduate assistant Jesse Tupac will serve as technical coordinator.
This fall, Coulter will begin her third season as associate head coach for the Rams. She played a major role in last season’s record-setting 28-2 squad, which won the program’s fifth consecutive Mountain West championship. Working with CSU’s back-row defense, the Rams set a program record for serve-receive percentage.
Away from the college game, Coulter has extensive international experience. Last summer she served as head coach for the USA Future Select National Training Program, working with the top athletes under the age of 13. She was previously an assistant coach for the 2011 U.S. Women’s Junior A2 Team, head coach for the 2009 High Performance A3 Camp and an assistant on the 2008 bronze-medal-winning USA Women’s A2 Volleyball Open Adult Championship team.
After a standout career as a two-sport athlete at Cal, Coulter played professionally in Europe from 2002-07.
“She’s been very respected by USA Volleyball since way before she got here,” CSU Head Coach Tom Hilbert said. “They see what we see in her – she’s very dedicated to teaching people how to play volleyball and teaching a solid and fundamental skillset. I think it’s good for our program because she gets to be around some of the best coaching in the United States, and gets to coach some of the elite girls in the country.”
Stone spent 26 years as a collegiate head coach, where he led the Buckeyes to 15 NCAA tournaments, three Big Ten titles and two Final Four appearances. In 2012, he was named a USA Volleyball All-Time Great Coach. Stone has spent three decades coaching countless USA Volleyball programs, and was an assistant for the 2010 U.S. Women’s National Team, which won gold at the FIVB World Grand Prix.
He has guided the GYNT each of the past six years, including a silver medal at last year’s FIVB Volleyball Girls’ U18 World Championship.
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