VB: Dixie State coach steps down

Courtesy: DixieStateAthletics.com

Dixie State University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Jason Boothe announced on Wednesday that Robyn Felder has stepped down after nine seasons as head women’s volleyball coach to spend more time with her family.

“It has been an honor to lead the Dixie State Volleyball program these last nine years,” Coach Felder said. “I can’t tell you how much time, sweat, and tears have been put into that gym by both the athletes and the staff. It has been a privilege to see the growth of the program and that is 100 percent due to the efforts of the athletes and their commitment on and off the court. They are strong women who will make the world a better place! I am and will always continue to be a proud coach.

“My family has sacrificed so much on my behalf these past nine years that I am so happy to be able to be home with them more and put my efforts into their endeavors,” Felder continued. “I am forever grateful to a supportive husband who got kids ready for school, curled hair, and was super dad so that I could pursue my passion.

“I want to thank Jason Boothe for this amazing opportunity that he gave me to take over this program and to the rest of the coaches and staff at Dixie State, many of whom I consider my closest friends and family,” Felder concluded. “Team has always been family and as I now transition my focus onto my own family, I wish Trailblazer Athletics nothing but the best!”

In her nine seasons as Trailblazer mentor, Felder compiled a 146-92 (.613) overall record with seven winning seasons overall, including three 20-win campaigns, highlighted by a pair of school record 22-win seasons in 2014 (22-9) and 2018 (22-6). DSU also played to a 9-8 overall mark in its debut NCAA Division I season this past spring, which included an 8-8 mark (t-4th) in its first season in the Western Athletic Conference.

Felder, who was the 2013 and 2015 Pacific West Conference and 2018 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, led Dixie State to two conference regular season championships, the first while as a member of the PacWest (2015), followed by one RMAC (2018) crown. Dixie State also made four NCAA Division II Tournament Regional appearances (2013-15, 2018) during her tenure and advanced all the way to the “Sweet 16” in 2014.

Felder coached 33 all-conference honorees and the first two All-Americans in the program’s four-year era in Lauren Gammell (2018) and current DSU senior Megan Treanor (2018). She also helped guide the Trailblazers to an NCAA national statistical championship in blocks per set (2.95 bps) in 2018, which was bolstered by Gammell’s nation-leading 1.56 bps.

In addition, Felder’s student-athletes got the job done in the classroom as the program combined to earn 87 all-conference academic and three CoSIDA Academic All-District awards.

“Robyn has done a phenomenal job in her nine seasons leading our volleyball program, building it into one of our most successful programs on campus each year,” Dr. Boothe said. “Her team success is obvious, but the other things are what make Robyn special. She deeply cares for each of our student-athletes as if each were her own daughter. In my opinion, it is this intense love and care for her student-athletes that directly led to her success.

“I have truly loved working with Robyn these last nine years and I am very saddened to see her step aside,” Boothe continued. “We will greatly miss her leading the team, but she is leaving the program in phenomenal shape for the next leader to step in and continue the growth and success. I wish her nothing but the best in her next chapter and I look forward to seeing her and her family cheering at all of our games in the future.”

Boothe noted that a national search will begin immediately for the next head coach of the Trailblazer women’s volleyball program.