Entering his fifth season as head coach of the Utah State volleyball program, Burt Fuller is more than ready to put behind him a 2004 season that was filled with injuries and embark on a new beginning as the Aggies begin its first season in the Western Athletic Conference.
During his first four years at USU, Fuller has led Utah State to a 61-57 record and a trip to the 2001 NCAA Tournament where the Aggies upset No. 19 Brigham Young. He has also coached seven all-league players and one All-American, to go along with 18 academic all-conference selections.
In his inaugural year as a collegiate head coach, Fuller posted three wins against ranked opponents as the Aggies recorded their first victory against Pacific in 20 years and notched two wins against Brigham Young, as USU posted its first win in Provo since the 1981 season to go along with the Aggies' thrilling win against the Cougars in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Fuller also coached five all-league players during his first season at USU, which were the most honorees in school history.
During the 2002 season, Fuller coached first-team all-league player Erin Cartwright-Davis, along with only the second Aggie ever to be named freshman of the year in the Big West in Zuzana Cernianska.
In 2003, Fuller coached the first All-American at USU in 22 years as Cartwright-Davis earned honorable mention All-American honors, along with being named a first-team All-Big West and All-West Region selection. Joining Cartwright-Davis on the league's first-team was Cernianska, while Beth Hodge and Mari Ruddick were both named to the all-freshman team.
And in 2004, Fuller coached just the third Aggie in school history to be named a two-time first-team all-league selection in Cernianska, while Carolyn Forbush and Amanda Orgill were named to the Big West all-freshman team.
This past summer, Fuller coached the Intermountain Region (Utah, Idaho, Wyoming) Youth team to the championship of ht e2005 Global Challenge. The Global Challenge consisted of High Performance teams from across the United States, as well as teams from China, Slovenia and Russia.
Prior to accepting the head coaching job at Utah State, Fuller spent seven seasons as an assistant coach for the UCLA women's volleyball program. In his seven years at UCLA, the Bruins went to the NCAA Tournament six times, including a national runner-up finish in 1994. During his tenure, UCLA advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament twice and finished the 2000 season ranked seventh in the country. He coached 23 all-league selections and five All-Americans at UCLA.
Prior to coaching at UCLA, Fuller served as the women's head coach at Los Angeles (Calif.) Pierce Junior College for two years and as an assistant coach with the men's program for five years, capturing the men's title in 1992 and helping them to a runner-up finish in 1994. In addition, he was an assistant women's coach at Fresno State University in 1989 and assisted at Chico State in 1985.
Fuller was also the head coach at Los Altos (Calif.) High School for two years, earning Central Coast Section Coach of the Year honors in 1988 after his team finished third in the state playoffs, earning a national ranking of fifth.
During the summer of 1997, Fuller led the USA Maccabiah Team to the World Games in Israel for the second consecutive time, coaching the squad to a first-place finish as the USA defeated Israel for the first time in Maccabiah Games history.
As an official, Fuller officiates Division I men's volleyball and was honored to be a member of the officiating crew at the inaugural Olympic Beach Volleyball competition in Atlanta. He also served as coordinator of the officiating crew for the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York City. His assignments in 2000 and 2001 included FIVB World Tour events, the women's tour, and the AVP men's tour.
Fuller has long been recognized as a sound technical teacher and trainer of fundamentals. He credits his time spent at the high school and club levels learning the importance of the "little things" in volleyball that lead to success.
Fuller's professional coaching experience includes the Paul Mitchell women's team on the Bud Light four-player beach tour in 1994, the head duties for the Santa Monica Sharks of the Women's Western Volleyball League in 1993, and an assistant position with the San Jose Gold Diggers in 1988 and 1989.
Fuller earned his recreation management degree from Chico State in 1986 and was a member of the men's volleyball program from 1984-85. Prior to that he obtained his associate of arts degree from Los Angeles Pierce Junior College in 1982. While at LA Pierce JC, he was a middle blocker during the 1981 season and led his team to the state tournament in 1982 as an all-conference setter.
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