Penn State Nittany Lions Women's Volleyball
Penn State has had a long tradition with its women's volleyball program. It was founded in 1976 by Tom Tait, long-time coach of the men's team, who coached the women's team from 1976–79 and was named a USA Volleyball All-Time great coach in 2007.
Russ Rose has been the head coach since 1979. He has led the program to five NCAA National Championships, in 1999 and each year from 2007 through 2010. Through 2011 he had an overall record of 1063–170 (an .862 winning percentage); in NCAA games his .869 percentage (997 W–150 L) ranked as the highest winning percentage in NCAA history. On September 21, 2007, Rose earned his 900th career victory with a win over Michigan State, becoming only the third Division I coach to reach the milestone. On December 17, 2009 Rose notched his 1,000th career win with a victory over Hawaii in four sets to advance to his third consecutive national championship game with the Nittany Lions. Two nights later, on December 19, his team earned their third consecutive national championship with a come-from-behind, 3 sets to 2 victory over Texas to run their consecutive match win streak to 102. It was the first time during the win streak (which later ended after 109 victories) that Penn State lost the first two sets.
Prior to entering the Big Ten Conference in 1991, Rose's teams experienced unprecedented success in the Atlantic 10 Conference, winning eight straight championships, never losing a conference match in that time.
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