By Sandi Beck
On December 15, Sandi Beck will welcome high school friend Rosie Wegrich, who will be coming to Kansas City to be inducted into the National Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame.
Rosie has been playing volleyball for as long as she can remember. She played beach volley ball and in 2005 was honored with a plaque on the Manhattan Beach Volleyball Walk of Fame.
She played on the International Professional Volleyball Association team with greats such as Wilt Chamberlain, playing against Mexico and Canada. She took home the IVA’s Most Valuable Female Player Award three times and was named to the All-Pro team on four occasions (1976-1979). The Association existed between 1975 and 1980. She captained the Aztecs at San Diego State University at the same time she was playing on the IVA team.
Rosie started her coaching career in Minnesota as the third ever coach and recorded 71 victories in two seasons. She moved on to Tucson, AZ, where she helped the Wildcats to over 250 victories in 15 seasons, which were the most in program history until current head coach Dave Rubio surpassed that mark in 2006. During this span they made nine appearances in the NCAA Tournament and were a mainstay in the AVCA Coaches Poll since its inception in 1982. In 1988 she was named the AVCA Northwest Region Coach of the year.
Rosie cemented her hall of fame career after moving to the NCAA Division II’s Cal Poly Pomona. Still at the helm after a quarter of a century, she has over 400 wins to her name as a Bronco. She is one of the all-time wins leaders at the Division II level, while leading nine teams to the NCAA Tournament. Six different players under her tutelage have garnered AVCA All American honors.
She has also had an amazing impact on the sport by the number of players she has inspired to coach. In addition, Rosie has produced many videos on how to play volleyball.
Sandi is thrilled the induction is to take place in Kansas City on December 15, so she will be able to attend and then have some time to show Rosie around Lake Quivira.
By Sandi Beck