Ruben Volta

Head Coach

 

Ruben Volta completed his 10th season as head coach at Sacramento State in 2017. A two-time Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year (2017, 2015), Volta has guided the program to a combined 72-29 overall record and a 40-8 mark in league play over the last three seasons. Sacramento State has won at least 20 games three consecutive years, posted back-to-back Big Sky South Division championships (2017, 2016), and has not lost a Big Sky regular season home match since the 2014 season (a span of 24 straight wins).

 

In 2017, the team went 26-10 overall and 15-1 in the Big Sky, winning the league’s regular season title for the first time since 2007. The team had three winning streaks of at least six games long, including a 10-gamer from Sept. 21-Oct. 21. In addition, Sacramento State put together streaks of 18 straight Big Sky regular season victories, and 26 straight home wins over league foes. The Hornets’ 15-1 conference record tied for the program’s best mark since joining the league in 1996 (the 1998 and 2006 squads also accomplished the feat), and Volta was named Big Sky Coach of the Year for the second time in three years.

 

Four members of the 2017 team were named all-conference, including league MVP Kennedy Kurtz, as well as fellow first team all-league selections Shannon Boyle and Mikaela Nocetti, and second team all-league choice Lana Brown. Kurtz became the first Big Sky MVP since 2007, and the Hornets placed three players on the first team for just the second time in program history.

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Ed Jackson

Assistant Coach

 

Former Hornet volleyball player Ed Jackson completed his third season as Sacramento State’s indoor assistant coach in 2017, and will also serve as the Hornet beach team’s co-head coach for the third straight year in the spring of 2018.

 

During Jackson’s three seasons with the indoor program, Sacramento State has combined for a 72-29 overall record and a 40-8 mark in league play. The Hornets have won at least 20 games three consecutive years, posted back-to-back Big Sky South Division championships (2017, 2016), and have not lost a Big Sky regular season home match during Jackson’s tenure (a span of 24 straight wins).

 

In 2017, the team went 26-10 overall and 15-1 in the Big Sky, winning the league’s regular season title for the first time since 2007. The team had three winning streaks of at least six games long, including a 10-gamer from Sept. 21-Oct. 21. In addition, Sacramento State put together streaks of 18 straight Big Sky regular season victories, and 26 straight home wins over league foes. The Hornets’ 15-1 conference record tied for the program’s best mark since joining the league in 1996 (the 1998 and 2006 squads also accomplished the feat).

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John Fluette

Assistant Coach

John Fluette spent his first season as assistant coach in 2017 after serving as volunteer assistant with the program in 2015 and 2016. The Antelope, Calif., native also spent the five years playing for the Sacramento State men’s club volleyball team (2013-17).

 

During his three-year stint on the coaching staff, the Hornets combined for a 72-29 overall record and a 40-8 mark in league play. The Hornets have won at least 20 games three consecutive years, posted back-to-back Big Sky South Division championships (2017, 2016), and have not lost a Big Sky regular season home match since the 2014 season (a span of 24 straight wins).

 

In 2017, Fluette’s first as a full-time assistant coach, the team went 26-10 overall and 15-1 in the Big Sky, winning the league’s regular season title for the first time since 2007. The team had three winning streaks of at least six games long, including a 10-gamer from Sept. 21-Oct. 21. The Hornets’ 15-1 conference record tied for the program’s best mark since joining the league in 1996 (the 1998 and 2006 squads also accomplished the feat).

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Weidi Zhang

Volunteer Assistant Coach

 

After spending seven years in retirement, longtime Sacramento State assistant volleyball coach Weidi Zhang (pronounced way-DEE ZONG) returned to the program as a volunteer assistant in 2017.

 

Zhang, who retired in 2009 after 23 years on the Sacramento State sidelines, never really left the program as he’d been a regular in the stands at Hornet home matches since his retirement. One of the most well liked and respected coaches on campus for years, Zhang was with the team during its trip to China earlier in the summer of 2017.

 

During the 2017 season, Zhang helped coach the Hornets to a 26-10 overall record and 15-1 mark in the Big Sky, winning the league’s regular season title for the first time since 2007. The team had three winning streaks of at least six games long, including a 10-gamer from Sept. 21-Oct. 21. In addition, the Hornets’ 15-1 conference record tied for the program’s best mark since joining the league in 1996 (the 1998 and 2006 squads also accomplished the feat).

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