Pati Rolf enters her seventh season as the head of the Marquette volleyball program and 21st season overall. She holds a 92-83 record in six seasons with the Golden Eagles. She holds a career coaching record of 402-252 in twenty seasons as a college volleyball coach, placing her fourth among active BIG EAST coaches in all-time wins.
Last season at the Al McGuire Center, Rolf led MU to a 10-4 home record. The Golden Eagles struggled on the road and recorded a final record of 10-16 with a 5-9 record in the BIG EAST Conference. Senior Kim Todd earned All-BIG EAST First Team honors for the second consecutive season and was given the 2007-08 BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Sport Award for women's volleyball. Todd, a biomedical engineering major, was also named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll twice in addition to being named the BIG EAST Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 8. Todd capped her career in second place all-time in the Marquette record books with 1,719 career kills. Senior Katie Weidner recorded 1,123 assists on the season, putting her Marquette total at 2,308 and fourth on the all-time list.
Former outside hitter Jamie Mueller was given the 2007 McCahill Award honoring the top MU senior athlete from the previous year who has demonstrated the highest performance in scholarship, leadership and athletics.
Last 2006, Rolf coached MU to a 16-15 record, its third consecutive winning season, advancing all the way to the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals. The Golden Eagles finished 10-4 in conference play, thanks in large part to the efforts of Jamie Mueller and Kim Todd, who were selected to the All-BIG EAST First Team, AVCA All-Northeast Region Team and AVCA Honorable Mention All-American Team. In 2006, Mueller became Marquette's all-time leader in digs (1,567) and the only student-athlete in school history to record 1,000 digs and 1,000 kills in her career. Todd's all-conference honor was her second-straight as she set the school single season record for kills with 544. Monica Renfrow was also named as one of the BIG EAST's most accomplished setters as she was named to the conference second team.
In 2005, Rolf led the Golden Eagles to back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in Division I history. Marquette also embarked on new journey in 2005 as it became members of the perennial BIG EAST Conference. The Golden Eagles proved they belonged with an 8-6 conference mark and an appearance in the BIG EAST Tournament. Theresa Coughlin led the way smashing Marquette's all-time kills record and earning Second Team All-BIG EAST recognition. Kim Todd also made a name for herself in the conference earning back-to-back Player of the Week nods and First Team All-BIG EAST honors.
Off the court, Heidi Pfeiffer excelled in the classroom as she was named Named Ralph H. Metcalfe Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year and received the Gold Medal Award from the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences becoming the first student-athlete at Marquette to earn the award.
In 2004, Rolf brought the Marquette volleyball program to new heights, advancing to the championship match of the Conference USA Tournament. She had Marquette on the verge of its first NCAA Tournament berth after a 22-7 season placed Marquette second in Conference USA. The 22 wins were the most since the Golden Eagles turned Division I. Marquette edged Cincinnati for just the third time in history and Rolf's first victory over the Bearcats since becoming head coach. With the 3-1 win over Cincinnati, the Golden Eagles advance to their first-ever C-USA Championship game.
Along the way, she had several players earn accolades, including setter Sarah Vernon, who was named honorable mention all-region. She was one of Marquette's most prolific setters and earned second-team all-conference in the process. Also earning second team accolades was Theresa Coughlin, who is Marquette's all-time leading attackers.
Kim Todd gave Marquette fans something to look forward to in the upcoming seasons as she was named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team for her outstanding play during her first season.
Rolf has served the program well in her first three seasons. Additionally, she comes from a tradition of winning programs. Rolf's 310 wins at the Division II level are the 25th best all-time in the history of that level of the sport. The 2003 season marked a turning point for the Golden Eagles volleyball program. The squad struggled at the season's beginning, playing one of the most difficult schedules in the nation. In the end, all of that competitiveness nearly paid Marquette major dividends. The team won nine consecutive matches to close out the year, before falling to Louisville in the Conference USA Tournament semifinal round.
Rolf showed her coaching abilities by transitioning some members of the team to different roles, having success doing so. Erica Heisser and Ann Lopata were moved to middle blocker and Erin Freer moved from Libero to outside hitter. Lopata led the team in hitting percentage and was second in blocks per game as a result. Heisser was third in attack percentage and led in blocks. Freer proved to be an up-and-comer at the outside and averaged just under three blocks per game. In the end, the squad finished with a very respectable 14-16 mark and an eye for the future.
In 2002, Rolf and Marquette fought off serious injuries to key players and finished with a 13-16 overall record. One of the highlights of 2002 took place during the C-USA Championship when Marquette, seeded no. 12, topped no. 5 Tulane, marking just the second time that a no. 12 seed had topped the no. 5 draw in that tournament.
Rolf was named the third head coach in Marquette volleyball team history on May 10, 2002, following a highly successful 14-year stint as the head coach at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. During her 14 seasons at Minn.-Duluth, she compiled an overall record of 310-169 (64.7) that included 11 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference titles. She had a run of two seasons --1996 and 1997 -- where she guided undefeated conference champions. In all, she had four seasons in which UMD went undefeated in conference play. Each of those four seasons, she won a NSIC title.
Named the NSIC Coach of the Year on four occasions, she guided the program to the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament three times (1991, 1994 and 1998). She directed the program to 10 campaigns of 20 or more wins and her conference record during her tenure was a glittering 165-20 (89.2). Rolf led Minn.-Duluth to as many as 33 wins in a season (1991) and averaged 22 wins a season in her 14 campaigns.
"We are excited that Pati is coming to Marquette," stated Marquette Athletic Director Bill Cords upon her appointment. "She is well respected in the volleyball community as a coach, a recruiter, and as a developer of a quality program. She has exceptional leadership skills and a very strong belief in service to the community. Her commitment to succeed has enabled her to be successful at all levels of the sport."
Prior to her stint at UMD, Rolf served as both the head coach at Fargo North High School in North Dakota (1987-88) and the head coach/director of the Red River Valley Junior Program in Moorhead, Minn. (1984-88). In addition, she was selected to serve as an assistant coach at both the 1992 and 1993 USA Volleyball Women's Junior Elite Camp in Colorado Springs and as an assistant coach (East Team) at the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival in Saint Louis.
A native of Hopkins, Minn., Rolf was a four-year volleyball letterwinner at North Dakota State University (1981-84). As a senior, she captained her team while gaining NCAA Division II All-Region and All-North Central Conference honors. She distinguished herself in the classroom as well, earning NCC All-Academic honors twice. On May 8, 2006, Rolf added yet another honor to her already impressive resume as she inducted to inducted to Hopkins (Minn.) High School's first Hall of Fame class. Rolf was a multi-sport letterwinner in the early 1980s at Hopkins and earned the Athena Award as Hopkins' top female athlete. She participated in four sports during her high school campaign.
By the time her career had concluded, she had set a Division II career record for matches played (239). Rolf recorded NDSU career marks in service aces and matches played and single-season marks for block solos and service aces. In October of 1999, she was inducted into the NDSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
Rolf received her Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) International Officiating Certificate in 2003, making her just one of 15 female international officials in the world. She has been a registered national volleyball official since 1990 and worked as a line judge in both the men's and women's volleyball competition (including the women's gold medal match) at the 1996 Summer Olympics. In the summer of 2004, she also officiated international competition in St. Petersburg, Russia, and officiated in the World Military Games. In the summer of 2005, she officiated at the 2006 World Championships Qualifying Tournament in Guatamala. In July of 2007, Rolf officiated the 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil and in June of 2008 she officiated a FIVB World League match between Finland and the United States. She has served as an official for the Big Ten Conference (1991 to 2002) and the U.S.P.V. (2000-2002).
Rolf served on the Board of Directors of the American Volleyball Coaches Association from 1995 through 1998 and has served on the organization's National Ranking Committee since 1993.
She obtained a B.U.S. degree in University Studies with an emphasis in Corporate/Community Fitness and Nutrition from North Dakota State and is in the process of completing her Master's Degree in Education. A member of the Board of Education for the Duluth Public Schools from 1998 through 2002, her family includes her husband, Kent, son, Graydon (21), and daughter, Madison (14).
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