Former Foothill Falcons volleyball star Betsy Sedlak has been named a new assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the University of Portland volleyball program.
The 2008 Foothill graduate and former UC Davis volleyball player will join the Portland Pilots staff in the fall, moving to Oregon after previously working for the West Coast Conference rival St Mary's Gaels.
"I am incredibly thankful and excited for this opportunity to coach volleyball at the University of Portland," Sedlak said in a statement through Portland. "The coaching staff's philosophy on consistent improvement has created an amazing environment."
After graduating from Foothill, Sedlak played collegiality at the University of Oregon before transferring to UC Davis, finishing her career as the Aggies' all-time hitting percentage leader and second in career blocks. She later played professionally for a short time in Denmark.
Sedlak worked as operations director for the St. Mary's volleyball program in 2012, helping with film analysis, scouting reports and game preparation, and she's provided color commentary for the Gaels' video broadcasts during the past four years.
Additionally, she has coached teens at the youth club level and went the extra step of coordinating year-end highlight videos for 15 club teams.
"Since day one, all of us who have worked with her have been impressed with her ability to connect with players, her intelligence, work ethic, and organization, and most of all, her love for teaching and mentoring student athletes," said Portland head coach Brent Crouch, who worked with Sedlak on the St. Mary's staff in 2012.
"She is just a rock-solid person and we are fortunate to have her on our staff in Portland," Crouch added.