Volleyball Adds Two New Assistants To Coaching Staff

Feb. 5, 2002

EUGENE - The University of Oregon volleyball team has added two new assistants to its coaching staff, Oregon head coach Carl Ferreira announced today. Former Boise State assistant Keith Rubio and former Texas San Antonio assistant Rhonda Rust will join Ferreira in his third season. Together, Rubio and Rust bring nine years of collegiate coaching experience and a wealth of club coaching experience to the Oregon volleyball program.

'Rhonda and Keith will elevate the experience level of our staff immensely,' Ferreira said. 'They are going to make an impact based on the knowledge and understanding of collegiate volleyball that they bring to the program. In terms of specific duties on the court, I feel we have two powerful and experienced people who could probably train any position.'

Rubio (5-4-58) spent the past four seasons serving as Boise State's recruiting coordinator and was also involved in all aspects of coaching on the court. Ferreira says Rubio's duties at Oregon will also include being the primary recruiter as well as being involved in all aspects of on the court coaching.

With six years of collegiate coaching experience, including a two year stint (1996-97) as a volunteer assistant coach at USC, Ferreira expects Rubio to make an immediate impact for the Oregon program. Rubio also has substantial club coaching experience, most recently serving as the co-director of Club Idaho, a junior USAV club team. In 2000, he was the head coach of the USAV High Performance Club in Salt Lake City, Utah. During his tenure at USC, Rubio was also working as the head coach of the Sports Shack Volleyball Club in Los Angeles.

From 1994-96, Rubio was the head coach of the Westside Volleyball Club, also in Los Angeles, and prior to that served as the head coach at Calabasas High School (1992-95).

Rubio graduated from Cal State Northridge in 1999 with a degree in Kinesiology.

'This is a very exciting challenge for me,' Rubio said. 'As an athlete and as a coach, I've always wanted a challenge. This is an opportunity to make a change and also a place where I can make a name for myself.'

Rust joins the Oregon contingent after spending the last three seasons as the top assistant at the University of Texas San Antonio. Rust took over as interim head coach in October 2001 and had been maintaining head coaching duties prior to being hired at Oregon.

Not limited to just coaching the Roadrunners, Rust is also active in the club volleyball circuit. In 2000, her Texas Juniors Club finished 13th at nationals and won the 3rd Coast National Championship. From 1996-99, Rust coached the Mid Cities Volleyball Club where her team was ranked in the top 20 in the Lone Star Region for two consecutive seasons.

With contacts in place in Texas and prior recruiting experience, Ferreira says Rust will also be involved in the recruiting process. Like Rubio, Rust will also have a hand in all aspects of on the court coaching.

'The attractive thing about the University of Oregon is the direction that Carl wants to go,' Rust said. 'I'm looking forward to competing in the Pac-10. It's the best competition and I'm going to challenge myself everyday to be a part of the best of the best.'

An all-Southland Conference selection while playing at Texas-Arlington, Rust was the Mavericks' co-captain and MVP during the 1998 season. She ranked first in the SLC in blocks with 131 (1.19 bpg) and was fourth in hitting percentage (.310). Rust (2/12/76) graduated from UTA with a degree in Exercise and Sport Health Studies in 1999.

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