Katy Eldridge Hired As Assistant Volleyball Coach
July 8, 2002
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford Athletic Department announced today that Katy Eldridge has accepted the assistant coaching position for the Cardinal women's volleyball team.
'The thing that interests me most about Katy is she is a wonderful person. She will be a great addition to the coaching staff as she brings a wide variety of experiences which we will utilize in defining her role.'
Head Coach John Dunning
'I am very excited about the opportunity to join the Stanford volleyball program,' said Eldridge. 'I played for Coach Dunning as a student-athlete at Pacific and learned a great deal from him. Now I have the unique opportunity to coach with him - it's very thrilling.'
Eldridge spent the last year as the top assistant coach at Santa Clara University where she helped lead the Broncos to an NCAA tournament appearance in 2001.
'The thing that interests me most about Katy is she is a wonderful person,' said head volleyball coach John Dunning. 'She will be a great addition to the coaching staff as she brings a wide variety of experiences which we will utilize in defining her role.'
Eldridge has played professionally for the past nine seasons. She began her pro beach career on the Bud Light Four-Person Tour in 1994. One of four rookies selected in that year's draft, she was chosen as a starter for Team Nike in her first season. With Team Nike, led by Gabrielle Reece, Eldridge's team won three tournaments in her first year en route to being named the Bud Light Surprise Player of the Year. Her team added two wins in 1995. Eldridge was the first player drafted in the Bud Light Pro Beach Volleyball Draft in 1996 and added her sixth career win that season.
In addition to her beach career, Eldridge competed professionally indoors for the National Volleyball Association's Orange County Diggers. Her 1996 team won the league title. Additionally, Eldridge spent part of the 1994 season playing indoors in Ravenna, Italy. She also trained with the U.S. National Team that season.
Eldridge spent the 1999 season as an assistant coach for Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park. While there, she was involved in all aspects of the program. She began her coaching career in 1998 as a junior club coach with Vision and Empire clubs and saw several of her athletes earn athletic scholarships. Eldridge spent the 2000 season as a junior varsity coach at Los Gatos High School.
Eldridge entered the professional circuit after a very successful collegiate career at Pacific. She garnered numerous awards, including her school's NCAA Woman of the Year honor in 1992. During her senior season, the team captain was also named the team's MVP while being named an Academic All-American. In addition to being a four-year All-Big West Conference honoree, Eldridge led the Tigers to the NCAA Championship match as a sophomore in 1990. She is currently fourth all-time in career digs in the Pacific record books, with 1,169. In 2001, Eldridge was elected into the Tiger Hall of Fame as part of the 1990 squad.
Eldridge earned a bachelor's in sociology, cum laude, from Pacific in 1993. She received her teaching credential from Loyola Marymount in 1998.
A native of Petaluma, Eldridge resides in Los Gatos and is engaged to Joe Ripp, a volleyball coach at Los Gatos High School.