Coach Val Warrior is excited to begin her third season with the Rough Riders this year. The enthusiasm and dedication of the athletes and coaches in the program make it a joy to come to work each day.
Val began her coaching career at her alma mater, the University of Nebraska, where she was the Assistant Volleyball Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. While there, her recruiting team was named “Best in the Nation”. In addition, Warrior has coached volleyball at and Del Rio High School in San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated ISD, Pike Middle School in Northwest ISD and Timberview Middle School in Keller ISD. She also has extensive experience coaching for elite volleyball clubs such as Mid Cities Volleyball Club, Skyline Juniors Volleyball Club, and Tejas Volleyball Club, where she has served as head coach for players ranging in age from 15 to 18. This year she will help Coach at Texas Image Volleyball Club.
Warrior’s impressive volleyball career began in the south side of Chicago, where she grew up with three older brothers and one younger sister. Growing up, Val was in constant competition with her older brothers playing all sports. She was introduced to volleyball in the fifth grade. She started playing club volleyball in sixth grade for Windy City and actually did not make the middle school volleyball team as a seventh-grader. Coach Warrior continued to work hard and after switching volleyball clubs to Second City, she was able to make the varsity team as a freshman. As a high school athlete, Val competed in basketball, badminton, and was a varsity volleyball player for four years. During her senior season, her team won the Illinois State Championship, where Val earned Athlete of the Year, All-State, and Volleyball Monthly Fab 50 honors. Val was recently inducted into H.L. Richards High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
After high school, Val earned a full scholarship to the University of Nebraska where she was a three-time All-Big 8 selection, Big 8 Player of the Year, two-time All-American, a Honda-Brodrick Award nominee, and the setter for the 1989 National Runner-Up Team as well as the 1990 Final Four Semi-Finalist Team. At Nebraska, Val set several school volleyball records, many of which held up for over 15 years. After college, Val trained with the USA Women's National team in San Diego, CA.
While at Nebraska, Coach Warrior obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Education and Health Education. She also has her EC-12 Physical Education, Secondary Health Education, and USAV Cap II Coach certifications.
Val and her husband, Steve, a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate and pilot, have been married for 22 years. Together they have three children. Akia is a red-shirt sophomore Volleyball player at Belmont University in Nashville studying Exercise Science, Maya is a freshman Soccer player at UTEP studying Micro Biological Sciences, and Cade is a junior basketball player for Central High School in Keller.