February 15, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State University Department of
Athletics announced Monday the addition of Sue Woodstra, former University
of California head volleyball coach and an 1984 Olympic silver medalist,
as assistant women’s volleyball coach for the Lady Seminoles.
Woodstra will be the top assistant to head coach Dr. Cecile
Reynaud alongside second assistant Amy Bambenek.
Woodstra began her collegiate coaching career as an assistant at
Arizona State University in 1985. After four seasons at ASU, she began a
four-year reign as head coach at the University of Pittsburgh (1989-1992)
where she led the Lady Panthers to four consecutive Big East conference
titles and NCAA Tournament appearances. She earned Big East Coach of the
Year honors in 1990.
She went on to coach in Germany in 1993, guiding the USC Munster
team to a 28-4 record and the C.E.V. European Cup Championship. In 1994,
Woodstra served as a volunteer coach at the University of Notre Dame
before becoming the head coach at the University of California (Berkeley)
As a player, Woodstra helped the University of Southern California
to the 1977 AIAW National Championship and earned All-America honors. She
then went on to an impressive eight-year career on the U.S. National Team
and served as team captain for four seasons. During her National team
stint, she helped the team to the 1983 Zone Championship and three other
top five finishes in Zone and World Championship play. As a member of the
1984 U.S. Olympic Volleyball team, Woodstra earned a silver medal at the
Olympic Games in Los Angeles. She also garnered Most Valuable Player
honors after leading her Merrill Lynch / Reebok USVBA team to its second
straight national championship in 1986. In 1993, she was selected as a
USVBA All-Time Great Volleyball Player for her career achievements.
Woodstra replaces former assistant Sherry Clouet who left Florida
State to pursue other opportunities.