AVCA: Who or what has made you want to pursue coaching?
Rachelle Wiegand: Since my sophomore year of college, I knew that I wanted to become a collegiate volleyball coach. My career choice has been heavily influenced by world-class coaches such as Tom Tait, Larry Bock, Russ Rose, Mark and Heather Pavlik and Stephanie Strauss, all who I have either been coached by or had the opportunity to work with. I have been fortunate to be surrounded by coaches who pursue whole-heartedly a championship team culture. They love what they do and believe in it. Their fervor, passion and commitment has created an environment that is energizing and has proven contagious to me.
AVCA: Who or what has been your biggest coaching influence?
RW: My biggest coaching influence has undoubtedly been from Juniata College's head coach, Heather Pavlik and her assistant coach, Stephanie Strauss. Both coaches have been instrumental in igniting my desire to coach while being excellent role models. Heather has challenged me both on and off the court since I was a freshman. Stephanie went from being my teammate her senior year to being my coach the following year. I have watched her grow and progress as a coach while setting an example for me of transitioning from a player to a coach. Stephanie has worked with me to create a degree that is specifically tailored towards coaching and has also inspired me to consider furthering my education as a graduate assistant.
AVCA: Please list your past and present coaching/playing experiences:
Manheim Central High School Volleyball Team (2006, 2007,2008, 2009)
Norlanco Volleyball Club (2005)
R & B Select Volleyball Club (2006,2007)
Revolution Volleyball Club (2008, 2009, 2010)
Juniata College Volleyball Team (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
United States Navel Academy Summer Camps (2012,2013)
Penn State Women's Express and Skills Camp (2012,2013)
Penn State Men's Camps (2012,2013)
Juniata College Team Camps (2010,2011,2012,2013)
AVCA: What are you most looking forward to at the 2012 AVCA Annual Convention?
RW: I am most looking forward to meeting and building relationships with coaches from all over the country. I believe this experience will impact my future and open doors as I look to find either a graduate assistant position or assistant coach position post-college.