ROB BROWNING | Head Coach
Rob Browning enters his 11th season as the head women's volleyball coach at Saint Mary's in 2015.
Browning has led the Gaels to sustained success throughout a decade that has seen Saint Mary's volleyball grow both on and off the court. In addition to his duties as head indoor coach, he helped establish sand volleyball as SMC's 17th intercollegiate sport in 2013, assisting head coach Brent Crouch in the creation of a new program. After helping for two years, Browning stepped in as the program's head coach in 2015, succeeding Mike Dodd in the role.
Though 2014 represented a transition year in terms of wins and losses, Browning's teams have enjoyed plenty of recent success. Under his direction, the 2013 Gaels finished 18-9 overall and 13-5 in West Coast Conference play. That conference mark was good for third place but the Gaels narrowly missed selection to another NCAA Tournament. Browning helped Jordan Shaw, Kristina Graven and Dalas Dodd earn All-WCC honors and Shaw became the first Gaels volleyball player to earn All-AVCA Pacific North regional honors since the organization began naming regional teams in 1995. Both Shaw and Graven were AVCA All-American honorable mention selections. One year earlier, the 2012 Gaels earned an NCAA Tournament at-large berth and advanced to the second-round after defeating San Diego State in a thrilling comeback victory at USC's Galen Center.
In addition to four NCAA tournament appearances (2012, '09, '08, '05), Browning led the 2009 Gaels to the program's first-ever WCC Championship. Saint Mary’s dominated the WCC, leading the conference in every statistical category. SMC was tops in hitting percentage (.296), opponents hitting percentage (.174), assists per set (13.77), digs per set (15.55), kills per set (14.72), blocks per set (2.76), and service aces per set (1.40).
Browning was hired as the eighth head women's volleyball coach in the program's 28-year history on March 23, 2005. His teams have become known throughout Saint Mary's not only as quality competitors on the court but are perhaps even more well-known for their abilities in the classroom. Saint Mary's volleyball routinely ranks among the athletic department's best in terms of team GPA and both the 2012-13 and 2013-14 teams earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic award.
He was an assistant coach for the USA Men's National Team for six years prior to joining Saint Mary's. He has been to four Olympic Games with the USA men's team: 2000 in Sydney, 2004 in Athens, 2008 in Beijing (where the team won the gold medal), and 2012 in London. He coached the USA Women’s Junior National Team to the NORCECA Championship in 2010 and to a 4th place finish at the Junior World Championships in Peru in 2011. Browning is currently working closely with the USA Women's National team.
Prior to coaching the men's national team, Browning served as a volunteer assistant on the BYU men's volleyball team for three years, culminating in BYU's first NCAA National Championship in 1999.
A native of Newport Beach, CA, Browning earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish Translation with a Minor in International Relations from BYU in 1990. He played volleyball at BYU from 1987 to 1989. Browning graduated from Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, where he lettered in volleyball for two years and was named a 1984 Orange County All-Star.
Browning is married to Michelle Perez, since July, 1989. They have two children, Madison and John.
MANDY BIBLE | Assistant Coach
Already known as one of the greatest players in the history of Saint Mary's volleyball, Mandy Bible returns to McKeon Pavilion in 2015 for her first season as an assistant under head coach Rob Browning.
A three-time all-West Coast Conference honoree, Bible graduated from Saint Mary's in 2007 as one of the most accomplished players in the history of the program. She went on to play professionally in Europe, and after recently hanging up her court shoes to pursue other endeavors, Bible now returns to her alma mater to begin her Division I coaching career.
"Returning to Saint Mary's puts a smile on my face every time I think about it," Bible said. "I was so lucky to attend and compete for such an amazing school and I am thrilled to have another opportunity to represent the Gael family. I have so much respect for Rob and all of his past coaching staffs, it is a great honor to know the company I am among and I look forward to continuing the strong tradition of Saint Mary's volleyball."
From 2009 to 2015, Bible continued her playing career in several parts of Europe. She began her career as a member of the OK Luka Koper Volleyball Club in Slovenia, winning a bronze medal in the 2010-11 season. In 2011, she signed with ASKO Linz Steg Volleyball Club and competed in the CEV Cup, Middle European League and Austrian League. She helped the club finished second in the Austrian League both seasons, and advanced to the CEV Cup quarterfinals during the 2012-13 season. After taking 2013-14 off, Bible re-signed with OK Luka Koper and earned an award for best setter in Slovenia while helping the club reach the finals of the Slovenian Cup. While overseas, she also caught the coaching bug, helping to coach mini and juniors volleyball in Europe.
Bible made her mark at Saint Mary's as a setter, but she did a lot more than simply set up plays. She ended career as a Gael first in total assists with 5,362, first in assists per game with 12.47, first in service aces (128), first in service attempts (1980), second in block assists (400) and ninth in digs (939).
She also made a mark away from the court, earning a spot on the WCC All-Academic team as a senior. That type of well-rounded resume will fit in well with the Gaels, who have been known throughout Browning's tenure as a team that does just as well in the classroom as on the court. Bible also spent time assisting in the Saint Mary's athletic department and served in a variety of roles.
"There are always a handful of people you have over the years who embody everything you want in a student-athlete; Mandy is one of them for me," Browning said. "She was the heart of the teams that experienced tremendous success at Saint Mary's, but she is also so much more than that. Mandy is an outstanding role model for the young women in our volleyball family. She lives a balanced life, had a remarkable professional career, has overcome great adversity, and excelled academically."
JORDAN SHAW | Assistant Coach
Jordan Shaw was named Assistant Coach for the 2015-16 season after serving as Director of Operations for the Gaels in 2014-15.
Shaw completed one of the best four-year runs in Saint Mary's volleyball history with a 2014 campaign that saw her earn All-West Coast Conference First Team honors for the second time. She went on to become the first Gaels volleyball player to earn All-AVCA Pacific North regional honors since the organization began naming regional teams in 1995 and also earned All-AVCA All-America honorable mention.
During her senior season, Shaw delivered a host of memorable moments, including a 27-kill, 22-dig performance in a comeback win over BYU. She also set the SMC record for kills in a three-set match when she collected 24 against UTEP in her final match as a Gael. Shaw also had a successful beach volleyball career with the Gaels, twice reaching the AVCA National Championships.
In four years at Saint Mary's, Shaw ranked eighth on the all-time kills list with 1,087. She also ranked ninth in attack attempts with 2,815. In 2012, she helped the Gaels reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament thanks to a thrilling five-set win over San Diego State in Los Angeles. And, Shaw ended her career as one of 10 players to reach the 1,000-kill plateau.
DAVE NEELEY | Volunteer Assistant
Dave Neeley began his first year with the Saint Mary's coaching staff for the 2015 fall indoor season as a volunteer assistant.
Neeley graduated from Brigham Young University in 2015, where he covered the men's and women's volleyball teams as a statistician, reporter, and commentator. These assignments sent him with the Cougar volleyball teams to three NCAA national championship matches from 2012-2014.
Neeley comes to Saint Mary's with an extensive history coaching boy's and girl's volleyball in Southern California. His boy's teams at Valencia High School won every league championship without ever losing a match, two CIF championships, and the 2008 High School Boy's Volleyball National Championship. The girl's teams he coached also won every league championship with undefeated records. He also coached dozens of high school athletes that went on to play college volleyball.