Cayley Thurlby begins her second season as the Director of Volleyball Operations for the UCLA women's volleyball program in 2012.
Thurlby played collegiately at the University of Hawai'i from 2002-06, as the Rainbow Wahine advanced to a pair of Final Fours in '02 and '03. After redshirting in 2002, Thurlby played in 118 matches in her four years, totaling 421 assists (1.89 per set), 16 aces and 207 digs (0.93 per set). She averaged over a dig a set in each of her last two seasons (1.24 in 2005 and 1.19 in 2006) when she was named a team co-captain, seeing action at setter, right-side hitter and defensive specialist during her four years.
Thurlby graduated from Hawai'i in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism and business marketing and was a three-time All-WAC Academic selection.
After her days at Hawai'i, Thurlby played professionally in Cordoba, Spain with Cajasur in 2007, also playing in Argentina that year. In 2008, she played in six events on the AVP Tour with partner Renee Bizzieri, advancing from the qualifier at the Manhattan Beach Open.
In 2009, she played with three different partners over seven events, making the main draw again in Manhattan Beach. She also made her international debut as a member of the USA U-26 Beach National Team and competed on the FIVB World Tour in Aland, Finland.
In 2010, she finished fourth at the NORCECA tour events in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. On the AVP Tour that season, she competed on the Young Guns Tour, finishing first in Milwaukee and second in Long Beach, N.Y. and Hermosa Beach. Thurlby also finished fifth in the Monte Carlo Invitational in Monaco and ninth in the Manhattan Beach Open. She ended the 2010 season as the 64th-ranked player on the AVP Tour.
In 2011, she finished 13th at both the Manhattan and Hermosa Jose Cuervo tour stops with partner Morgan Beck.
The Naperville, Ill. native began coaching club in 2007 with Sports Performance Volleyball in Aurora, Ill, coaching a 16's team and the Sports Performance Setting Academy along with other Summer camps. She was also the assistant varsity volleyball coach at Naperville Central High School that year, helping them to an ILHSA 4A State Championship.
Thurlby has coached club with two teams in Los Angeles; Sunshine Volleyball Club in 2011 and Long Beach Mizuno Volleyball Club in 2012.
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