The Golden Grizzlies had a record-setting season in 2014.
A look back at 2014.
The Golden Grizzlies add to their roster after the program's record-setting season in 2014
The senior libero was named Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year earlier this season
The Golden Grizzlies are making their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament
Volleyball Head Coach, Rob Beam discusses the 2014 Schedule
Volleyball Coach, Rob Beam, discusses the Spring Season
Volleyball Coach, Rob Beam, discusses the new recruits during the early signing period
Volleyball Head Coach, Rob Beam, reviews the 2013 volleyball season
Volleyball Head Coach, Rob Beam, previews the upcoming matches with UIC and Valpo
2014 NCAA Volleyball vs. Kentucky
The Golden Grizzlies practice at Memorial Coliseum in preparation for their NCAA First Round match vs. Kentucky Dec. 4.
Oakland volleyball defeated Green Bay 3-0.
The volleyball clinched the regular season-title with a five-set win over Milwaukee at the Athletics Center O'rena
Oakland volleyball defeated Robert Morris during the 2014 Golden Grizzlies Invitational Sept. 20.
Rob Beam enters his eighth year as the head coach for volleyball at Oakland University. The Golden Grizzlies have made remarkable strides under Beam, guiding the program to 99 wins, surpassing the 48 wins in eight seasons prior to his arrival in Rochester.
He has led OU to back-to-back-to-back league championship appearances, earning the program's first appearance in postseason play in The Summit League in 2011. In 2012, Oakland earned a third-place seed in the tournament, its highest seed in history. In 2013, he led the team to a fifth-place finish in the Horizon League after the team's first season in the conference as well as a trip to the league's tournament. The Golden Grizzlies finished in the top 40 in NCAA Division I in digs per set for seasons 2010-2012. In 2010, the program achieved an all-time best by finishing third in the country. Beam's liberos have played a major role in these numbers as Lauren Duquette, Brittany Dunn and Alli Kirk each finished inside the top 40 in this category. Duquette finished 13th and 11th, respectively in her final two seasons under Beam. Finally, in 2009, Adrienne Leone finished in the top 50 in kills per set and the 2013 season saw freshman, Melissa Deatsch ranked 12th in the nation in aces per set. Deatsch's efforts were combined with the service abilities of the rest of the roster to rank in the top 50 in service aces per set in 2013.
The Golden Grizzlies have received significant individual commendations during his tenure as well. He coached Oakland's first three All-Summit League first team selections (Adrienne Leone - 2009, Brittany Dunn - 2010, Meghan Bray - 2011 and 2012) as well as the first player to win an individual player of the year award (Dunn - Defensive Player of the Year - 2010). Additionally, both Leone and Dunn were also named Hollie L. Lepley Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year in back-to-back seasons. This award is the most prestigious honor given to an Oakland University student-athlete. Under Beam's tutelage, Bray became the school's career kills leader with 1,578 and Kirk finished second all-time in digs with 1,769 and is OU's all-time sets played leader with 444. During the 2013 season, Beam had three athletes named to All-Horizon League teams as Cassie Pelloni earned all-league honors while Deatsch and Jessica Dood earned All-Freshman Team recognition. Furthermore, Deatsch became the new record holder at OU for services aces in a season with 52.
The program has also thrived academically since his arrival. In his first year he led the team to a marked improvement surpassing the 3.0 grade point average mark. In 2009-10 the Golden Grizzlies posted better than a 3.3 cumulative GPA earned a first-ever American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award.
Before coming to Oakland, Beam spent two years with Illinois State, making an immediate impact on the Redbirds' liberos and defensive specialists. Under his guidance during his last season at ISU, the Redbirds set a new school record of 2,291 digs, finishing ninth in the nation in digs per game and breaking an Illinois State record that was 22 years old. In his first season in Normal he mentored the Missouri Valley Conference Libero of the Year, Ashley Grubb, who led the league in digs per game. During Beam's two seasons at Illinois State the Redbirds had a combined record of 35-25 (.583).
Prior to Illinois State, Beam earned rave reviews as a recruiter, scout, administrator and strategist at Wright State. During Beam's five seasons in Dayton, Ohio, the Raiders ranked in the top 15 in the NCAA in digs per game three different times: seventh in 2003, eighth in 2001 and 15th in 2002. They also achieved a best-ever win percentage of .750 in 2001.
Beam has extensive club volleyball experience, having coached with both Adversity Volleyball Club and Dayton Juniors. His 2002 Blue Angels age 17 team took third in the Open Division at the Junior Olympic National Championships. He also served as Master Coach for the 16-18 age groups and wrote "Principles for a Competitive Practice," a guide to be used to help develop the club's coaches.
A native of Sycamore, Ill., Beam was an assistant for both men's and women's volleyball at Quincy University from 1999-2000 before joining the Wright State staff the following year. He was the Raiders' associate head coach for two seasons prior to coming to Illinois State.
A 1992 Glenbrook South (Ill.) High School graduate, Beam was the 1996 Clarke College Athlete of the Year while serving as captain of the volleyball team. While completing his bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1996, he coached high school volleyball at Dubuque (Iowa) Senior High School.
Beam has also been a leader with the AVCA in both service and research. His presentation at the 2001 AVCA Convention entitled, "Maximizing Coverage at the Point of Attack" has subsequently been published in both Coaching Volleyball Magazine and "Best of Coaching Volleyball Volume 2."
He lives in Rochester Hills with his wife, Maria, who is also a part of the Oakland University family as she is the Director of Field Placement and Student Services for the Social Work Program, and their son.