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Andrea Becker
Position: Assistant Coach, 2nd year at UCLA (third overall)
Experience: 2 Years
     Andrea Becker, who served as an assistant men’s volleyball coach at UC Irvine in 2012 when the Anteaters marched to the NCAA title, begins her third season as UCLA’s assistant coach.
    In season two at UCLA, coach Becker assisted in bringing in another outstanding recruiting class featuring four recruits listed on Volleyball Magazine’s Fab 50, two of whom were listed as the publication’s highest ranked high school seniors. In her role as academic monitor, she has provided support and guidance for the six Bruins who graduated in 2014, including Spencer Rowe a two-time third-team Captial One Academic All-America selection.
     In addition to her role as an assistant coach for the men’s volleyball team, Becker provides sport psychology services to other teams, coaches and athletes on the UCLA campus.
    During the off-season, Becker serves as Head of Delegation and as a sport psychology consultant for the U.S. men’s volleyball team. In July 2014, the team captured a Gold Medal by beating top-ranked Brazil in the FIVB World League Finals in Florence, Italy.
    Becker, 35, is also a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Cal State Fullerton. In assuming her duties at UCLA, she has taken a sabbatical from CSUF.
    In 2012, Becker helped UC Irvine capture the NCAA championship. The Anteaters finished with a 26-5 record, won the MPSF Tournament crown and defeated top-ranked USC in three sets to capture their third NCAA 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 (2001) and MS (2003) 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.
    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.
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