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Rebecca RudnickAssistant Coach
College: Liberty ('05)
Start Date: 10/10/2011
Former Lady Flames standout Rebecca Rudnick joined the Liberty volleyball coaching staff as an assistant coach during the 2011 season. Rudnick returned to the Liberty volleyball coaching staff, where she previously served as graduate assistant in 2006 and 2007.
During her return season to Liberty, the Lady Flames captured their conference-record sixth Big South championship and a berth in the NCAA Volleyball Championship. The Lady Flames then made it two in a row, claiming the 2012 Big South volleyball title and a return trip to the NCAA Tournament. She helped guide the Lady Flames to the 2007 Big South championship, and also won a conference title as a player in 2001. She joined former assistant coach Jennifer Vaden on staff, as both Rudnick and Vaden played at Liberty from 2001-04.
In Rudnick's five seasons on Coach Pinder's staff (2006-07, 2011-present), the Lady Flames have posted a 94-66 overall record, including 53-15 in Big South regular-season matches. Rudnick helped Liberty post a program-record 27 wins (27-9) in 2007, as the Lady Flames captured their fourth conference crown overall. In 2012, the team went 25-8 overall, good for a program-best .758 winning percentage and second straight Big South tournament championship.
Rudnick joined the Lady Flames' staff after serving as a reading specialist and first grade teacher at Robert S. Payne Elementary School in Lynchburg, Va.
After completing her graduate assistantship in 2008, she continued to provide volleyball instruction as a head volleyball coach with the Heart of Virginia Volleyball Club from 2009-11. Additionally, she volunteered as an assistant volleyball coach at Randolph College during the fall of 2010.
Prior to her first coaching stint at Liberty, Rudnick coached the Celtic Force Volleyball Club, a team of 16-year-old players based in Palos Heights, Ill., in 2005. She also taught third grade at Churchill Elementary School in Homewood, Ill., during the 2005-06 academic year.
A four-year letterwinner for the Lady Flames, Rudnick was part of the 2001 squad which won the Big South championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. She currently ranks 11th all-time at Liberty with 1,164 career kills. Rudnick was a first-team All-Big South honoree as a junior in 2003, and earned mention as a Big South All-Tournament team selection in 2004.
Rudnick graduated with high honors from Liberty in May 2005, earning a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She graduated with a Master of Education in 2008, qualifying her as a reading specialist.
Rudnick currently resides in Lynchburg.