The Women’s Volleyball program at Saint Peter’s University has a new coach this season. Andrew Brown was named head coach of the Women’s Volleyball Program in August and comes in with years of experience at all different levels. With his upbeat coaching style, positive attitude, and non-stop support for his team, Coach Brown could bring the winning season that the Saint Peter’s Women’s Volleyball program has been looking for.
1. Can you give us a background of your volleyball career?
I started playing my junior year of high school, at Montclair; I started the boy’s program there. In 2006 I was recruited by Coach VanDerBack of Ramapo College. This past winter, I played in Brazil with the United States National team. I also coach both boys and girls volleyball back at Montclair, and am heading into my 5th season coaching for DIGS volleyball club in Bergen County. This past summer I also worked at a volleyball camp at Columbia University. I believe having all of this experience molds me into the coach I am today.
2. What made you decide to coach at Saint Peter’s University?
I was looking for an opportunity to coach at a higher level, and this just sort of fell into my lap. I was contacted by Saint Peter’s off of a recommendation from a high school coach. I believe this will be a great opportunity for both me and the players as it will help us all grow and gain more experience.
3. Who inspired you to be the player/coach you are today?
It’s the factor of three people. My older sister, shaped me to be the well rounded caring person I am today. My high school coach really inspired a passion for volleyball in me. My college coach with his trust and confidence in me to be the player and coach I am today. He has a way of making volleyball a part of your life to continue to excel and work hard at the sport and at the same time to make sure you share that knowledge and information with others.
4. What are your philosophies as a coach?
It’s all about the small steps. We have to pay attention to details if we want it to come together in the end. The hard work is definitely paying off. We took Marist to five hard sets. It just showed us that the work is paying off and that we have to focus on the task at hand.
5. What are some of your goals or expectations for the volleyball program?
We have our goals as a team. I want to start a tradition, set precedents of higher commitment and dedication. Our goals are what will keep this program moving forward.
6. If you could describe the team in three words what would they be and why?
Raw talent in terms of being able to learn and advance their skills. Intelligent by being able to work on showcasing their strengths and limit the opponent to finding weaknesses. Motivational to fight hard at every point in the game. The team is full of fighters.
Favorite Food – Sushi
Favorite Movie – Wall-e
Favorite Quote – “All life is a chance, so take it! The person who goes furthest is the one who is willing to do and dare.”
Favorite Song- “Sail” by Awolnation
One surprise about Coach Brown- He was on the show “Say Yes to the Dress” on TLC with his sister when she bought her wedding dress.