Title: Assistant Coach
Experience: 5th Year
Alma Mater: Sacramento State, '02
Sarah Chlebana, who starred for the Sacramento State volleyball team from 1997-00, will enter her fifth season as an assistant coach in 2012. She serves as the team’s recruiting coordinator and assists in all areas of on-floor coaching, scouting and team training.
Last season, Sacramento State went 17-15 overall, including a 10-6 record and third place finish in the conference. The Hornets ranked among the top half of all Div. I teams in the final RPI report, and finished the year ranked ninth in the nation in digs per set (18.39) and 13th in blocks per set (2.76). In fact, Sacramento State was the only team to rank among the nation’s top 35 squads in both of those categories. Three Hornets received all-conference accolades, and the team concluded the year by winning 12 of its final 18 matches. That included a six-match winning streak from Sept. 24-Oct. 8, the longest since the 2007 season.
In 2010, the Hornets played without projected starters at setter and middle hitter all season. In addition, the roster averaged just 19 years of age and the team started four underclassmen in nearly every match. Despite the injuries, youth and relative inexperience, Sacramento State placed three players on the all-conference team, won 15 matches, and completed the season with a 10-3 record at home.
In 2009, the Hornets improved upon their overall win total by six, finishing with a 16-16 record. This came despite the team playing with a roster of 10 underclassmen, including four freshmen and six sophomores. Sacramento State beat local rivals Pacific, UC Davis and San Jose State, and had two players selected to the all-conference team.
In Chlebana’s first year with the Hornets in 2008, the team posted its 33rd consecutive season with double figures in wins and an 8-8 mark in conference despite losing both starting outside hitters, both starting middle hitters and the starting libero from the previous year. The 2008 squad featured two all-conference performers, and set the program record for most Big Sky all-academic selections in a season with eight.
Chlebana, who is one of 11 players in Sacramento State history to accumulate 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs, has a total of 10 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.
Chlebana was a four-year starter for the Hornets, and helped lead the team to four consecutive Big Sky Conference championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances. 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.
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