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Volleyball Coaching Staff
Brenda Gray
Head Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Head Coach
Year: Freshman
Alma Mater: Sam Houston
Graduating Year: 1982
Eligibility: Freshman
Phone: 936 294-1736
Email: bgray@shsu.edu

Beginning her 33rd season as head volleyball coach at Sam Houston, Brenda Gray ranks 15th among active NCAA Division I women’s head coaches with 645 career victories.

Her career record of 645 wins and 463 losses for an .582 winning percentage includes the following accomplishments:

• NCAA Division I national playoffs (1993 and 1996)
Volleyball National Invitational Championship tournament appearance (1994)
NCAA Division II Final Four (1984 and 1985)
Southland Conference regular season champion (1993 and 2012)
Gulf Star Conference champions (1984 and 1985)
Southland Conference Post-Season Tournament champion (1993 and 1996)
Southland Conference West Division champion (1994)
Southland Conference Post-Season Tournament semifinalists 12 times (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015)
Twenty-one Southland Conference Post-Season tournament appearances including each of the past nine events

Gray has coached two NCAA All-Americans, seven NCAA All-Region players, and 43 All-Conference players who have earned that honor a total of 68 times.

Gray was named as Southland Conference volleyball "Coach of the Year" in 1987, 1993 and 2012 and was named "Coach of the Year" in the Gulf Star Conference in 1984.

In Sam Houston's 29 years at the NCAA Division I level, Gray's teams have won 24 regular season major college tournament team championships and have finished either first or second in the Southland Conference nine times.

Gray was named as Sam Houston State Volleyball Head Coach in 1984 after serving as a graduate assistant at SHSU and as Head Coach of the girls' athletic program at Bastrop High School.

An outstanding player at Humble High School, Gray played two years at Lee Junior College before transferring to Sam Houston State. As a Bearkat, she helped lead Sam Houston to a 93-31 record in 1980 and 1981.

She received her Bachelor of Education degree in 1982 and her Master of Education degree in 1983. While a student, she was named to "Who's Who Among University and College Students," was a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, and received the Outstanding Achievement Award in Physical Education and the Margaret Powell Award for Professional Excellence.

In December 2010 Gray was inducted into the Sam Houston State University Women's Letterwinners Association "Hall of Honor."

Gray and her husband, Tim, have a son, Timothy, a daughter, Tayler and three grandchildren Boston (7), Brady (4) and Anna (2), born to Timothy and his wife Devon.

Timothy was a four-year baseball letterman for Sam Houston, earning his Bachelor's degree in biology (pre-med). Following graduation, he signed a pro contract to pitch for the Dodgers. During the 2009 baseball season, he served as a graduate assistant coach for the Bearkat baseball team.

Tayler earned All-Southland Conference honors in both volleyball and softball at Sam Houston State. She played four years for her mother, helping lead the 2012 squad to the Southland championship. Tayler holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sam Houston. She also was a two-time Academic All-Southland selection.

NCAA DIVISION I ACTIVE COACHING VICTORY LEADERS

Rank

Coach

University

Years

Won

Lost

Pct.

1

Russ Rose

Penn St.

37 

 1,189

 186

.864 

2

Dave Shoji

Hawaii

41

1,179

198

.856

3

Mick Haley

So. California

32

914

232

.798

4

John Dunning

Stanford

31

861

178

.829

5

Mary Wise

Florida

29

848

158

.843

6

Karen Chisum

Texas State

36

822

521

.612

7

Brian Gimmillaro

Long Beach

31

814

211

.794

8

Bob Bertucci

Lehigh

37

757

428

.633

9

Chris Poole

Florida State

28

736

288

.719

10

Joe Sagula

North Carolina

35

751

428

.637

11

Jill Hirschlinger

New Hampshire

37

735

529

.581

12

Barry Goldberg

American

27

677

241

.737

13

Carolyn Condit

Miami Ohio

36

662

520

.560

14

Tom Hilbert

Colorado St.

27

662

185

.782

15

BRENDA GRAY

SHSU

32

645

463

.582

16

John Cook

Nebraska

23

629

135

.823

17 

Rich Feller

California

31

 619

375 

.623 

18

Debbie Humphreys

SFA

28

616

317

.660

19

Bob Schneck

Rhode Island 

35 

601 

485 

.553 

20

Ed Allen

Alabama

24

590

440

.572

21

Bonnie Kenny

Delaware

32

587

440

.572

22

Laurie Corbellie

Texas A&M

30

588

334

.638

23

David Rubio

Arizona

29

581

343

.629

24 

Jim Moore 

Oregon 

27

577 

278 

 .675

25

Jolene Nagel

Duke

28

574

303

.654

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