Andrea Becker, U.S. Men's National Team Consultant Coach
Andrea Becker, joined USA Volleyball as a consultant coach in March, 2013.
Becker also serves as an assistant coach for the men's volleyball team at UCLA under head coach John Speraw.
Becker, 34, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Cal State Fullerton. In continuing her duties at UCLA, she will extend her sabbatical from CSUF.
"Dr. Becker has had a significant effect on the UCLA men's volleyball program," Speraw said. "She earned the respect of the players at UCI and UCLA. She is eminently qualified, extensively published and passionate about her profession. We are privileged to have her."
In 2012, Becker helped UC Irvine capture the NCAA championship. UCI finished with a 26-5 record, won the MPSF Tournament crown and defeated top-ranked USC in three sets to capture its third national championship in six years.
Becker received her PhD in Sport Studies from the University of Tennessee in 2007 where she also worked in the Volunteer athletic department providing sport psychology services to athletes, coaches and teams. In her final year at Tennessee, she was honored with the Edward A. Capen Research Award and the Extraordinary Professional Promise Award.
She received her BS and MS degrees in Kinesiology and Sport Performance from Sacramento State, where she was honored with the A.W. Hobt Teaching Award for the 2004-05 academic year.
A native of Martinez, Calif., Becker played four seasons for the Sacramento State Hornets (1997-01), serving as a team captain each of her final two years. She appeared in 118 career games with the Hornets, including 102 starts (63 at second base, 39 at shortstop). Always one of the toughest players on the squad, Becker played her entire career with a herniated disc and degenerative disc disease, an injury which forced her to redshirt in 2007.
Becker is an active member of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology and the National Assn. for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. She has published her research in The Sport Psychologist, where she also serves on the editorial board. She is also co-author of Focused For Fastpitch, a softball-specific mental training book. She has written extensively about successful coaches, and coaching techniques and behaviors. In addition, she has several papers in progress, including a study of the role of optimism in coaching effectiveness.
On the public speaking circuit, Dr. Becker has given numerous lectures and scholarly presentations both locally and nationally on successful coaching methods, sport research and training, and the practice of sport and exercise psychology.