Coach Val Cowan

The Olivia
Newton-John "look"

Youth hostel "look"

"Looking" at the candle to wish for at least that many national championships.

"Look" out

(2000) Valerie G. Cowan Head Volleyball Coach and Assistant Professor of Physical Education

Can you pick Val out of the lineup?

A three-sport athlete in high school, Valerie Cowan soon discovered that volleyball was her passion. "They'll have to peel me off the volleyball court when I can't play any more," she says with a smile. A championship player in both high school and college, she continues to play competitively through USA Volleyball. In recent USA Open Tournaments, she has won a gold medal in the Women's Open Bronze Division (1997), been named All-America (1997), and won a bronze medal in the Women's 30s Division (1998). As a student at California State University, Bakersfield, she was named second team All-America and helped her team to the NCAA II national title.

While she enjoys playing the game, "coaching," she explains, "allows me to share my love of the game and help students improve their skills." She has served as an assistant coach at the University of Evansville and as head coach at Porterville College. Cowan earned her M.S. in health, physical education and recreation at St. Mary's College and her B.S. in physical education from CSU Bakersfield.

(1999) Evansville -- Named Valerie Cowan assistant volleyball coach.

(1989) Division II Volleyball All Tournament Teams
Rachel Morton, Cal St. Bakersfield
Valerie Cowan, Cal St. Bakersfield
Tami Jurgensen, Cal St. Bakersfield
Michelle Richard, Cal St. Bakersfield
Kelly Caddy, Sacramento St.
Brenda Schultz, North Dakota St.


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