Women's Volleyball

Rob Beam
Rob  Beam

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Clarke College, '96



The Golden Grizzlies will compete on four dates throughout the state of Michigan during the non-traditional season



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


2014 Schedule

Volleyball Head Coach, Rob Beam discusses the 2014 Schedule


Spring Season Recap

Volleyball Coach, Rob Beam, discusses the Spring Season


Early Recruiting Period

Volleyball Coach, Rob Beam, discusses the new recruits during the early signing period


Season Recap

Volleyball Head Coach, Rob Beam, reviews the 2013 volleyball season


Preview vs UIC and Valpo

Volleyball Head Coach, Rob Beam, previews the upcoming matches with UIC and Valpo


2014 NCAA Volleyball vs. Kentucky

2014 NCAA Volleyball vs. Kentucky


2014 Oakland Volleyball - NCAA Tournament Open Practice

The Golden Grizzlies practice at Memorial Coliseum in preparation for their NCAA First Round match vs. Kentucky Dec. 4.


Oakland volleyball vs. Green Bay, 11/15/14

Oakland volleyball defeated Green Bay 3-0.


Oakland vs. Milwaukee

The volleyball clinched the regular season-title with a five-set win over Milwaukee at the Athletics Center O'rena


Oakland volleyball vs. Robert Morris

Oakland volleyball defeated Robert Morris during the 2014 Golden Grizzlies Invitational Sept. 20.

Rob Beam Notables

- 2014 Horizon League Coach of the Year
- Has coached four conference Defensive Players of the Year during his collegiate coaching career
- Guided Oakland to first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance
- Multiple-time presenter at AVCA Convention

E-mail coach Rob Beam

In eight seasons at the helm of the Oakland volleyball program, Rob Beam has rejuvenated the Golden Grizzlies' program to one of the top teams in the Horizon League, with aspirations for even higher goals for the program.

The 2014 season marked a banner year for Beam's squad, as the Golden Grizzlies rattled off multiple firsts, beginning with the team's victory over defending SEC champion Missouri and ending with the team's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Beam and the Golden Grizzlies clipped off their longest winning streak in team Division I history (10 matches) and captured both the Horizon League regular season and tournament titles, both first-ever accomplishments in team Division I history. The team's two conference tournament victories were also firsts for the Golden Grizzlies.

Along the way, Beam was named the 2014 Horizon League Coach of the Year, earning the award for the first time in team records.

In his eight years, Beam has led the Golden Grizzlies to six consecutive .500 or above seasons, averaging 15 wins per season; that average well surpasses the program's average of five wins per season in the eight years prior to his arrival in Rochester.

Oakland's climb to the top of the Horizon League reaches back to the program's strides in the Summit League under Beam's watch. After earning the program's first-ever conference tournament appearance in 2011, Beam has led Oakland to postseason play each consecutive season. The team's first-place finish in 2014 in the regular season also brought postseason play to the O'rena for the first time in team history.

Rob Beam by the Numbers
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Conference Defensive Players of the Year at Oakland
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Consecutive AVCA Team Academic Awards
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Hollie L. Lepley Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year
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Team's longest winning streak in Division I history
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All-League players in eight years
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Players named to Oakland University Dean's List
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Program-best win total during 2014 season
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Conference Honor Roll selections

Statistically, the Golden Grizzlies have been among the national leaders in various categories under Beam's guidance. In 2014, Oakland ranked 26th nationally in service aces (180) and 36th in aces per set (1.5). From 2010-12, the Golden Grizzlies finished in the top 40 in NCAA Division I in digs per set, including ranking third nationally in 2010.

The Golden Grizzlies have received significant individual commendations during Beam's tenure as well. Along with two conference Defensive Players of the Year (Taylor Humm, 2014; Brittany Dunn, 2010), Beam has coached eight first-team all-league performers and 12 all-conference honorees in eight seasons. All five of Oakland's all-tournament team performers have been under Beam's watch, including 2014 Horizon League Tournament MVP, Sammy Condon.

Oakland's record book has been re-written with the success of Beam's squads. Of Oakland's 14 team season statistical categories, 10 have been set since his arrival, including six during the 2014 season. Individually, Oakland's record holders in career kills (Meghan Bray, 1,578), season assists (Ciara Schultz, 1,244) season service aces (Melissa Deatsch, 53) and season digs (Alli Kirk, 622) have shown brightly under Beam's watch.

The program has also thrived academically since his arrival. In his first year Beam 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. Since then, the Golden Grizzlies have earned four AVCA Team Academic Awards, including three consecutively.

Before coming to Oakland, Beam spent two years at Illinois State (2005 and 2006 seasons) and five years at Wright State (2000-2004 seasons) as an assistant coach for both programs, with two seasons as an associate head coach for Wright State. Beam also was an assistant for one season at Quincy University for both their men's and women's volleyball programs.

Beam also coached at the club level, including 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.

A native of Sycamore, Ill., and 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, Beam coached high school volleyball at Dubuque (Iowa) Senior High School.

Beam lives in Rochester Hills with his wife, Maria, who is also a part of the Oakland University family as the Program Director of the university's Social Work program, and their son, Connor.

Season School Overall Conference Finish Notes
2000 Wright State (AC) 11-17 4-8 MCC 5th
2001 Wright State (AC) 21-7 11-3 Horizon League 3rd Most wins in last 19 seasons at Wright State
2002 Wright State (AC) 18-13 6-8 Horizon League 6th
2003 Wright State (AC) 16-15 6-8 Horizon League 5th
2004 Wright State (AC) 4-26 2-12 Horizon League 7th
2005 Illinois State (AC) 18-12 13-5 Missouri Valley 3rd Mentored Ashly Grubb, Missouri Valley Conference Libero of the Year
2006 Illinois State (AC) 17-13 11-7 Missouri Valley 5th Redbirds set team record for digs (2,291)
2007 Oakland 8-21 4-12 Summit League 7th
2008 Oakland 8-21 5-11 Summit League 8th
2009 Oakland 17-10 10-8 Summit League 4th
2010 Oakland 17-13 12-6 Summit League 3rd
2011 Oakland 18-11 12-6 Summit League 4th Advanced to league tournament for first time in program history
2012 Oakland 16-13 9-7 Summit League 4th
2013 Oakland 15-15 9-5 Horizon League 3rd
2014 Oakland 22-10 12-2 Horizon League 1st NCAA First Round
TOTALS Eight years 121-113 (.517) 73-57 (.562)

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