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

Beginning her 34th season as head volleyball coach at Sam Houston, Brenda Gray entered the 2016 season ranked 15th among active NCAA Division I women's head coaches with 645 career victories. She is the all-time leader at Sam Houston with 663 wins after leading the Bearkats to the Southland Conference Tournament finals in 2016.

In Sam Houston's 30 years at the NCAA Division I level, Gray's teams have won 25 regular season major college tournament team championships and have finished either first or second in the Southland Conference 10 times.

She was named as Sam Houston State head volleyball coach in 1984 after serving as a graduate assistant at SHSU and as head coach of the girl's 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.

AS SAM HOUSTON HEAD COACH
• Southland Conference Coach of the Year (1987, 1993 and 2012)
• Gulf Star Conference Coach of the Year (1984)
• 2 NCAA Division I national playoffs (1993, 1996)
• 1 National Invitational Championship tournament appearance (1994)
• 2 NCAA Division II Final Four (1984, 1985)
• 2 Southland Conference regular season championships (1993, 2012)
• 2 Gulf Star Conference championships (1984, 1985)
• 2 Southland Conference Tournament championships (1993, 1996)
• 1 Southland Conference West Division champion (1994)
• 13 Southland Conference Tournament semifinals (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016)
• 22 Southland Conference Tournament appearances
• Appearances in each of last nine Southland Conference Tournaments
2 NCAA All-Americans
• 7 NCAA All-Region players
• 46 All-Conference players who have earned that honor a total of 71 times

EDUCATION & HONORS
• Inducted into the Sam Houston State University Women's Letterwinner's Association Hall of Honor in December 2010
• Received Bachelor of Education degree in 1982 and Master of Education degree in 1983 from Sam Houston
• Named to "Who's Who Among University and College Students"
• Was member of the Golden Key Honor Society
• Received the Outstanding Achievement Award in Physical Education and the Margaret Powell Award for Professional Excellence

PERSONAL
• Married to husband Tim
• The couple has a son, Timothy, and a daughter, Tayler
• Also has three grandchildren: Boston (8), Brady (5) and Anna (4), born to Timothy and his wife Devon
• Son, Timothy, was a 4-year baseball letterman as a pitcher for Sam Houston, earning his Bachelor's degree in biology (pre-med)
• Following graduation, he signed a pro contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers
• He also served as a graduate assistant coach for the Bearkat baseball team during the 2009 season
• Daughter, Tayler, currently serves as a volunteer assistant on staff for Bearkat Volleyball
• She earned All-Southland Conference honors in both volleyball and softball at Sam Houston State
• While playing four years for her mother she helped lead the 2012 squad to the Southland championship and was a two-time Academic All-Southland selection.
• Tayler holds both bachelor's and master's degrees from Sam Houston 


All-Time Record: 663-447    Winning Pct.: .597

Southland Conference
All-Time Record: 536-420    Conference Record: 263-180

Gulf Star Conference - Division I
All-Time Record: 30-16    Conference Record: 2-2

Gulf Star Conference - Division II
All-Time Record: 92-16    Conference Record: 16-2

Season  Conference Overall Record  Conference Record Postseason
2016 Southland 18-14  10-6 SLC Tourn. Finals
2015 Southland 14-18  7-9 SLC Tourn. Semifinals 
2014 Southland 18-12  11-5 SLC Tournament 
2013 Southland 17-11  14-4 SLC Tournament 
2012 Southland 21-11  15-3 SLC Tourn. Semifinals 
2011 Southland 18-13  11-5 SLC Tourn. Semifinals 
2010 Southland 15-17  9-4 SLC Tournament 
2009 Southland 20-14  12-4 SLC Tournament 
2008 Southland 15-19  9-7 SLC Tour. Semifinals 
2007 Southland 11-19  5-11 SLC Tournament 
2006 Southland 10-16  5-11  
2005 Southland 17-13  14-5 SLC Tourn. Semifinals 
2004 Southland 16-15  10-10 SLC Tournament 
2003 Southland  11-18 8-12  
2002 Southland 14-18  7-13  
2001 Southland 12-19  8-12  
1999  Southland  13-15  9-11  
1998 Southland 12-19  9-11  
1997  Southland   12-20 7-11  
1996 Southland 25-15  12-5 NCAA Tournament 
1995 Southland 19-15  12-7 SLC Tournament 
1994 Southland 28-7  12-1 SLC Tourn. Finals 
1993 Southland 25-8  8-1 NCAA Tournament 
1992  Southland  23-13  8-1 SLC Tournament 
1991 Southland 22-14  7-2 SLC Tourn. Semifinals 
1990 Southland 33-8  6-1 SLC Tourn. Semifinals 
1989 Southland  25-14 6-1 SLC Tourn. Semifinals 
1988 Southland 17-16  4-3  SLC Tourn. Semifinals
1987 Southland 35-9  8-4 SLC Tourn. Finals 
1986  Gulf Star (D1) 30-16 2-2 GSC Tourn. Finals
1985  Gulf Star (D2) 45-8 7-1 NCAA D2 Tournament
1984  Gulf Star (D2) 47-8 9-1 NCAA D2 Tournament



NCAA DIVISION I ACTIVE COACHING VICTORY LEADERS (entering 2016 season)

 

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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