May 23, 2016


ROCHESTER, Mich. – Oakland volleyball assistant coach Claire Galli has been promoted to associate head coach, effective immediately, announced head coach Rob Beam on Monday.

“Over the past three seasons Claire has proven to be indispensable across all areas of our program,” said Beam. “Our partnership in building the Oakland program has grown and I am proud to announce that she is now our associate head coach.”

Galli joined the Golden Grizzlies coaching staff in 2013 and the program has had unprecedented success over that time. In 2014, Oakland won its first Horizon League championship and made its first NCAA tournament appearance. The Golden Grizzlies have totaled 55 wins in the last three seasons, just over 18 wins for season. Since joining the staff, Oakland has not finished lower than third in the Horizon League standings.

“Since I arrived at Oakland three years ago, I've worked to push the program to new heights,” said Galli. “I'm extremely proud of the student athletes I've coached, and I'm honored to continue working with such tremendous young women. I would like to thank Rob Beam and Jeff Konya for their confidence in me to keep building Oakland volleyball into a premier program.”

Galli has worked primarily with the setters and developing offensive game plans at Oakland and under her tutelage, Ciara Schultz was named Horizon League Setter of the Year in 2015 after posting a league-best 11.83 assists per set average during conference play. She also aided Schultz in becoming the school's all-time leader in assists (3,725) and single-season assists leader (1,279).

“Claire is a wonderful person and a trusted colleague,” added Beam. “I believe her to be one of the best, young coaches in the country. She is the first Associate Head Coach in the history of the volleyball program and that is a statement both about her high-level work and the status of our program. I believe that this will propel us forward as we continue to build a nationally competitive program here at Oakland."




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