Rob starting playing volleyball for Mick Haley, former coach at Kellogg Community College, the University of Texas and the University of Southern California. Mick was also the coach of the USA Women’s Olympic Team that participated in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
Rob attended Ball State University and played for International Hall of Fame coach Don Shondell earning M.I.V.A. All-Conference honors and participating in an N.C.A.A. Final Four.
Rob started coaching at Lakeview High School, re-located to Los Angeles, CA to intern and assist Chuck Erbe with the United States Women’s Jr. National Team and finally settled at Western Michigan University where, along with a pioneering group of young women, created one of the most storied programs in intercollegiate volleyball history. He is F.I.V.B. Level 1 and U.S.V.B.A. Level 1 and 2 certified.
Jackie was an elite class athlete and won championships at virtually every level possible.
Her sports participation history includes an M.H.S.A.A. state championships at Berrien Springs high school, two Mid-American Conference championships, Mid-American Conference Most Valuable Player, and N.C.A.A. Division One Academic and All-American honors. She was a silver medalist at the National Sports Festival and was a member of the U.S.A. World University Games Team.
Jackie was the first volleyball player to be inducted into the Western Michigan University Athletics Hall of Fame.