Fan mail: Q&A with volleyball's Brook Coulter
March 2, 2012
You submitted your questions for new associate head volleyball coach Brook Coulter, and we have your answers:
What part about being back in Fort Collins are you most excited about?
I think one of the biggest, most exciting things for me is being part of the Colorado State volleyball program, and working under Tom (Hilbert). Tom is a top, elite coach in America, and to be able to come back home and work side-by-side with him is one of the most exciting things, as well as coming back to the community I grew up with.
What drew you to CSU?
Home, the community, all the wonderful things there are about Colorado. I’m a big outdoors person, but mainly Colorado State and being a part of the Ram family.
Did you have any relationship with Coach Hilbert prior to the hiring process?
I have known Tom for a long while. I think that’s part of my continued support of the Rams; I’ve always been a big fan of the Rams growing up. I’ve known Tom and have relied on him a lot during my early coaching career.
What will be your area of focus with the Rams?
I will be specializing and working with our pin hitters, so our outside and right-side hitters, as well as our ball control and first touches.
What has been your impression of CSU during your first three weeks on the job?
Unbelievable. Everyone has been so welcoming—athletic administration as well as academic administration. There have been open arms and excitement; you can’t ask for anything better.
At what point did you know you wanted to become a volleyball coach?
That’s a good question. I went to Berkeley and was on the medicine route and never thought I would be a coach. But I did start coaching club when I was playing, and then overseas, being a professional player, and realizing I had the opportunity to mentor and be a coach to young women and help them through their lives was a little bit of a pay it forward opportunity. I had a lot of mentors and great coaches in my life that have helped me become who I am now, and I want to have that impact on these players.
What was your favorite memory as a player at California?
My favorite memory was beating Stanford, at Stanford, in five games. However, the last point was overruled and no touch was given, and we ended up losing the match. It’s one of the biggest memories because that was a national championship team with Kristin Folkl and Lisa Sharpley. Everyone rushed the court, but the referee said no touch on the ball. That was one of the greatest moments because we beat them, but then the point was taken back.
Did you follow the Rams growing up? Have you always been a CSU fan?
My first memory and introduction to the Rams was being here for a fast-pitch softball tournament at CSU, and one of my friends asked me to come to volleyball camp with her. I came to camp and didn’t get to try out or do any skill testing, so I was put on the lowest team way on the last court in the auxiliary gym. [Former Ram] Tara Holland was my coach, and she was wonderful. She had a lot of impact, and since then I decided I wanted to play volleyball. I started looking up to and following the Rams, and that was the ’91 team. [Brook then collected newspaper clips, photographs, game tickets and memorabilia from CSU volleyball that she compiled into a book that she still has today in her office.