The Golden Grizzlies will add Rachel Schneider, Lauren Dolmage, Courtney Wightman and Megan Hobler to next year’s roster
All games of the tournament will be broadcast live on ESPN3
The Golden Grizzlies will host Senior Day on Saturday prior to the match against NKU
Both matches will be broadcast live on ESPN3
The match against the Crusaders will be broadcast on ESPN3
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 Notables
- 2014 Horizon League Coach of the Year
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.
|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)|