The Golden Grizzlies round out their 2017-18 recruiting class with three final signees
Krysteena Davis, Sammy Condon and Darien Bandel will participate March 3-5
The Golden Grizzlies have four dates scheduled throughout March and April
Maddie Lentz, Emily Martin, and Jamie Walling will join the Golden Grizzlies next year
Oakland vs. Cleveland State - Senior Day 11/5/16
Oakland vs. UIC 10/7/16
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.
Rob Beam Notables
- 2014 Horizon League Coach of the Year
In 10 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.
In 2015, Beam coached the Golden Grizzlies to a second-place finish in the Horizon League with a 12-4 mark, 18-13 overall, including going a perfect 8-0 on the road during conference play. He coached his first Setter of the Year in Ciara Schultz who broke the school's career and season assists records. Oakland earned four all-league selection, the most selections in a single-season in program history, including the first-ever three-time honoree in Cassie Pelloni. Amanda Baker also broke the school's career total blocks and block assist record.
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 10 years, Beam has led the Golden Grizzlies to eight 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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Setters of the Year
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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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Career school records broken under tenure
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Team's longest winning streak in Division I history
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All-League players in nine 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 2016, Oakland ranked eighth in the NCAA in service aces (204) and 17th in aces per set (1.63). Both are the highest ranks in program history. 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) and a Setter of the Year (Ciara Schultz, 2015), Beam has coached 13 first-team all-league performers and 20 all-conference honorees in 10 seasons. All six 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), career and season assists (Ciara Schultz, 3,725 and 1,279), career blocks (Amanda Baker, 403), career block assists (Amanda Baker, 361), career service aces (Melissa Deatsch, 200), season service aces (Melissa Deatsch, 74), career aces per set (Melissa Deatsch, 0.59) sets played (Melissa Deatsch, 476), 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.
|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|
|2011||Oakland||18-11||12-6 Summit League||4th||Advanced to league tournament for first time in program history|
|2013||Oakland||15-15||9-5 Horizon League||3rd|
|2014||Oakland||22-10||12-2 Horizon League||1st||NCAA First Round|
|2015||Oakland||18-13||12-4 Horizon League||2nd|
|2016||Oakland||19-13||10-6 Horizon League||4th|
|TOTALS||10 years||158-139 (.532)||95-67 (.586)|