Debby Colberg is in her 32nd and final season as head coach at Sacramento State University. Having recently earned career victory number 800, Colberg is only the fourth active women's volleyball coach in NCAA Division I to reach 800 or more wins. Under Colberg's guidance, Sacramento State has had 29 winning seasons in 31 years, and has averaged 25.8 wins per season during that span.
Colberg, the recipient of 15 coach of the year awards (10 conference, four regional and one national), led the Hornets to the 1981 NCAA Division II national championship, as well as the AIAW Division II national crown in 1980 (the NCAA did not sanction women's sports until 1981). Since Sacramento State became a Division I program in 1991, Colberg has amassed nearly 400 wins, and the Hornets have a streak of 12 consecutive 20-win seasons, including seven regular season conference championships and eight conference tournament championships in that span.
A true citizen of Sacramento, Colberg graduated from Sacramento State with a degree in physical education. Her coaching career began at Churchill Intermediate School, and continued at Rio Americano High School, both located in California's capital city. During her first two years as coach at Sacramento State, she doubled as coach at the university and Rio Americano.
"The hard work and determination that is expected and instilled in her players is taught from her own actions," said Ruben Volta, associate head coach at Sacramento State, in his nomination of Colberg. "Debby is a master technician on the volleyball court and, more importantly, a role model to follow off the court."