TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona head volleyball coach Dave Rubio announced today that U of A alum and former assistant coach Charita Stubbs will be returning as a member of the coaching staff. Stubbs rounds out the coaching staff as assistant coach, while current assistant Melissa Walker will now become a volunteer assistant.
Stubbs returns to Tucson after serving as the founder and Executive Director of Club Red Volleyball Inc. in Raleigh, N.C. in addition to being Athletic Director and head volleyball coach at Grace Christian School in Raleigh. Prior to her time with Club Red and at Grace Christian, she served a four-year stint as the head volleyball coach at NC State.
Prior to landing her first collegiate head coaching position in February 2006, Stubbs was a member of Rubio’s staff for nine seasons as an assistant coach and associate head coach at Arizona. Helping the Wildcats reach the NCAA Tournament all nine years and finish in the top 25 in all but one of those seasons, Stubbs became the seventh head coach in the Wolfpack's 31st year of volleyball and the first African-American female to be named a head coach at NC State.
Involved in all coaching aspects at Arizona, Stubbs coached at least one middle blocker to all-conference honors every year in her last eight seasons in Tucson. Promoted from assistant coach to associate head coach in 2000, Stubbs helped bring in the nation's top-ranked recruiting class in 2002. Highly involved in youth club volleyball, Stubbs served as head coach for the Zona Volleyball Club for four years and worked as an assistant volleyball coach at the renowned High Performance Camp in Salt Lake City two summers. Stubbs also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Junior National team that qualified for the 2001 World Championships in Mexico.
The first player in Arizona history to record 300 kills, 300 digs and 100 blocks in one season, the former Charita Johnson led the Wildcats to back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances at the 1993 and 1994 NCAA Tournaments. A four-year starting middle blocker from 1990-94, she earned All-Pac-10 and All-West Region honors as a senior and still holds school records for career (117) and single match (8) solo blocks.
A member of the 1993 and 1994 United States Olympic Festival volleyball, Stubbs played professionally in France in 1995. Stubbs earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Arizona in 1994 and received her master's in language, reading and culture from Arizona in 1995. She is fluent in French and is a certified teacher. She is currently working to complete her Ed.D in Educational Leadership.
A CAP II certified coach, Stubbs is also a graduate of the Women’s Coaches Academy (WCA). She graduated from Emory in 2005, and followed up with WCA Dimension II Inverness in 2007.
A lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Stubbs is also very involved with her church, Mt.Calvary. She hails from Cleveland, Ohio and is married to Melvin Stubbs. They are the proud parents of son, Melvin Jr. (5) and Bethaina (9).
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