ETTRICK, Va. -- Former Sacramento State volleyball player Rose Burke was named head women's volleyball coach at Virginia State earlier this week. Virginia State is an NCAA Div. II squad located in Ettrick, Va., and is a member of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA).
Burke, who played for the Hornets from 2005-08, will assume her first career collegiate head coaching job after previous stops as an assistant at Florida International (2009) and Morgan State (2010-11).
Burke becomes the second former Hornet to earn a collegiate head coaching job in the last 15 months as Atlee Hubbard was named head coach at Menlo College in February of 2013. Hubbard and Burke were Hornet teammates for two seasons in 2005 and 2006.
A two-time all-Big Sky Conference selection (second team in 2007, honorable mention in 2008), Burke appeared in 125 matches (110 starts) and 425 sets as a setter during her four-year career at Sacramento State. That included a streak of 108 consecutive matches played spanning four seasons, and starting all but two matches over her final three years.
During her tenure in the Green and Gold, the Hornets combined for a 95-46 overall record, a 49-14 conference record, three NCAA Tournament appearances, three Big Sky Conference Tournament championships and three Big Sky regular season titles.
A native of Gainesville, Fla., she finished her career with 162 kills, 4,294 assists, 95 aces, 1,030 digs and 219 total blocks. The assists are the fifth best mark in Sacramento State's Div. I history (1991-pres.) and her career average of 10.10 assists per set are the fourth best mark.
At her previous coaching stops, she helped Florida International to a top 25 ranking and a 2009 Sun Belt Conference regular season championship. In addition, at Morgan State, her first recruiting class helped the Bears elevate from fifth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference to second place the following season.
Burke graduated from Sacramento State with a liberal studies degree in 2009.