SACRAMENTO -- Sarah Chlebana, who was an assistant coach with the Hornet volleyball program from 2008-14, will make her return to Sacramento State.
Chlebana was named assistant coach today by Hornet head coach Ruben Volta, and will be on the sidelines next year with Volta and assistant Ed Jackson. All three coaches graduated from Sacramento State, and played volleyball for the Hornets.
Chlebana spent the previous three seasons at Fresno State (2015-17), and returns to a Hornet squad that finished 26-10 overall, 15-1 in league play, and won last year's Big Sky Conference regular season championship.
Chlebana has spent 11 years on the Sacramento State campus as either a player or a coach. She starred for the Hornet volleyball team from 1997-00 when she was a four-year starter for the Hornets, helping the team to four consecutive Big Sky championships and NCAA Tournament appearances.
Similar to her previous tenure with the Hornets, Chlebana will be the team's recruiting coordinator and will assist in all areas of on-floor coaching, scouting and team training. Chlebana was Volta's first hire after he was named head coach prior to the 2008 season.
"I am very excited Sarah will be back with our program," Volta said. "This will be a seamless transition, as she already understands how we operate on and off the court. She has the flexibility to work in the gym with every player from setters to outside hitters, middles and passers.
"She brings a great deal of experience recruiting, and will serve as our recruiting coordinator. She was a Hornet as a player, graduated from Sacramento State and has coached here, and her experience will be a huge asset to the program."
Chlebana, who is one of 12 Hornets over the last 30 years to accumulate 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs, has a total of 25 years of coaching experience. That includes the 2007 season as an assistant at Div. I Long Island University, where she helped coach the team to the Northeast Conference regular season and tournament championships, and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to coaching at Long Island, Chlebana spent the 2006-07 season as an assistant coach for the Belgian semi-professional team Volleybalclub Oudegem. In two years as an assistant at Syracuse (2004, 2005), she helped lead the Orange to back-to-back Big East Conference Tournament appearances for the first time since 1999. In addition, Syracuse combined to post a 50-17 overall record during her tenure with the team. She also spent one season (2003) as an assistant at Div. I Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.
As a player with the Hornets, she was a two-time second team all-Big Sky selection (1999-00) and 1998 Big Sky all-tournament choice. The Calgary, Alberta, native never missed a match during her career, and finished with 1,116 kills, 1,348 digs, 271 blocks and 85 aces.
Chlebana served as the team captain her senior year, and the Hornets combined to post a 92-40 overall record during her four seasons. She graduated from Sacramento State in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in computer engineering, and a minor in mathematics.