University of Arizona’s Women’s Head Volleyball Coach Dave Rubio wants to provide the players an opportunity to improve every single day. “We are in a rebuilding phase this year and it’s less about winning and losing and more about the development of individual players.”
Rubio is now in his 26th year at the UofA. In 2000, he was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year and led the Wildcats to their first Pac-10 title. Rubio has also led the U of A to 13 20-win seasons and 19 NCAA appearances which has included a trip to the Final Four, four Elite Eight appearances and eight trips to the Sweet 16. He graduated from Cal State Northridge with a B.A. in Physical Education where he said he was fortunate to play volleyball.
“The best thing about being a volleyball coach at the U of A is the opportunity to work with the student athletes each day. I enjoy interacting with the players,” says Rubio.
Coach Rubio says he wants his players to learn about communication, work ethic, being committed and loyal to each other.
“I’ve learned as I got older that the role of the coach is to teach them not just to become better players, but it’s more about teaching them to become better people which goes hand in hand with teaching them to be better student athletes,” he says.
Rubio’s advice to young athletes is to work hard. “If something gets hard, you don’t just quit. Athletes should play multiple sports, follow through and be a good teammate. It’s a mistake to specialize early. You need to learn to work hard and be committed to something larger than yourselves. These are good qualities whether you are an athlete or not.”