Eagle Mountain–Saginaw Independent School District is proud to announce that Val Warrior will join the Saginaw Rough Riders for the 2016-17 Volleyball Season as the Head Volleyball Coach and Assistant Campus Coordinator.
Coach Warrior joins EMS ISD’s coaching staff from Keller ISD where she currently coaches at Timberview Middle School. 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 Pike Middle School in Northwest ISD and Del Rio High School in San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated 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.
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 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 her 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 SemiFinalist 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 graduate and pilot, have been married for 20 years. Together they have three children. Akia is a senior at Central High School in Keller and has committed to play volleyball at Nashville’s Belmont University in the fall, Maya is a sophomore at Central High School and is an ECNL Soccer player for the Dallas Texans, and Cade is an eighth-grader at Timberview Middle School in Keller and plays basketball for various teams.
Eagle Mountain–Saginaw Independent School District and Saginaw High School are pleased to welcome Coach Warrior and look forward to many successful volleyball seasons ahead.