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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 their third NCAA championship, begins her second season as UCLA's assistant coach.

In her first season with the Bruins, Becker was credited with helping to sign the nation's top recruiting recruiting class, helping five players graduate on time, and keeping the remainder of the roster on track to graduate.

This past Summer and Fall, Becker served as a consultant with the USA men's volleyball team during its World League and FIVB competitions.

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.

In 2012-13, Becker was part of a coaching staff that developed one of the most imrproved teams in the MPSF. She also helped engineer the signing of one of the nation's top recruiting classes, a group of eight players who are expected to help the Bruins win multiple championships in the future.

"Dr. Becker has had a significant effect on the UCLA men's volleyball program," said Head Coach John Speraw at the time of her appointment. "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.

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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