Judith Schaefer Joslin

Judith Schaefer Joslin played high school volleyball at Maloney in Meriden from 1975 to 1978. She was a member of two state championship teams and one silver medal team. She also won her team’s sportsmanship award.

From 1978 to 1982, she played at Southern Connecticut State University as their middle hitter. She was awarded the most improved player award and was captain of the team in her senior year. In 1981, her team competed in the Regional Championship and won the 2nd place silver medal.

Judith played USVBA volleyball in the open division and competed in the Nationals is 1989. She was a successful high school girls volleyball coach from 1982 to 1997 with various teams. At present, she is the boys volleyball coach at Enfield High School and her success earned her the CIAC Boys Volleyball Coach of the Year Award.

Priscilla Wallis Schulz

Priscilla played volleyball at Staples High School from 1971-1973. In these early days of women’s athletics there was no state tournament or All-Star team but Priscilla’s athletic ability and volleyball skills would not go unnoticed. She was an outstanding player and team leader and was selected as team co-captain in 1973.

Priscilla attended Southern Connecticut State College where she continued playing volleyball for Coach Lou Albrecht and then for Coach Joan Barbarich. It was at Southern that Priscilla’s abilities as a setter emerged. As her skills sharpened in this position, she gain confidence and experience is the team’s playmaker. In her senior year she was selected as team captain and she was also chosen as the team’s Most Outstanding Player. In 1977 Priscilla and her teammates qualified for the regional tournament with a 15-6 record. The team made an excellent showing losing in the regional semifinals. Priscilla’s years at Southern are full of memories not only of great matches, but also great teammates. She shared the floor with players like Lynn Spagnesi, Cindy Opalski, and Fran VanDermeer, to name a few.

After graduating from Southern, Priscilla was hired as a physical education/special education teacher at New Canaan High School where she still teaches today. She coached volleyball there from 1978-2002. Continuing to achieve success as a coach Priscilla was selected as the Connecticut High School Volleyball Coach of the Year 1999-2000. She has also been selected to coach the Connecticut High School All-Star game twice (1991 and 2002). She has been serving as the FCIAC volleyball chairperson since 1999.

Priscilla has been married to Dave Schulz for 27 years. They have two daughters who are carrying on the family athletic legacy. Kerry is a former all-state volleyball and tennis player who is currently captain of the Providence College tennis team and Kristin a former all-state field hockey player and currently a field hockey player at the College of the Holy Cross.

Kate Sullivan

Kate began her volleyball career at Bloomfield High School where she competed for four years on the varsity level. She served as captain her junior and senior years. Upon graduation from high school in 1977, Kate studied at SCSU where she chose to try out for the volleyball team. She competed in the successful program for four year, as the team went 103-26.  She served as captain during her junior and senior seasons. She was also named athlete of the week numerous times at SCSU.

Kate also played for the New Haven Dippers for eight seasons where she competed in two national tournaments. In 1981 and ’82 Kate worked at SCSU as the assistant volleyball coach to Joan Barbarich. She ran numerous high school volleyball clinics and was involved in coaching summer volleyball camps.

Louise Albrecht

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Louise began her volleyball career in the 1960’s as a player in the Southern California USVBA league. When Lou came to Connecticut, in 1969 where she and Joan Joyce started the Connecticut Clippers USVBA team.

She started the volleyball program at California State University at Fullerton where she coached the team to a 20-9 record. She left California in ’69 to coach at Western Connecticut State University.  In 1970, Lou moved on to Southern Connecticut State University where she posted a 57-8 record. She retired from coaching in 1975 but continued in volleyball as an official.

Lou’s role in officiating was multi-faceted. Her talents were well known as she was summarily invited to present at the Eastern Association for Physical and Health for College Women, CAHPERD and NAGWS. Under her direction, SCSU hosted the EAIAW volleyball tournament in ’74, ’75 and ’81. Lou also held the position of assignor for the EAIAW regional tournament in ’76 and ’77.

She held the position of chairperson of volleyball officials for the Southwest Board in ’71-’72. She officiated in the CIAC Volleyball Championships from ’69-’74 and the EAIAW regional tournament in 1972.

Having been honored for her many achievements as player, coach and official, Lou is a member of the National Softball Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, OK.  She is one of the founders of the CT Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. She was inducted into the Northeast Hall of Fame for Women in Sport as well as the CT Women’s Basketball hall of Fame. Most recently, she was inducted into the CT Scholastic and Collegiate Softball Hall of Fame and she received the prestigious Katherine Ley Award from Eastern College Athletic Conference.

Louise served from 1985-1988 on the NCAA Council and from 1986-1988 she served on the Committee for Improvement of Women’s Officiating.

In 1992, Louise retired from her position as associate athletic director at SCSU.

 

Dr. Joan Barbarich

Joan began her volleyball coaching career at Carnegie Mellon University where she coached from 1967-72. She had her first undefeated season there in 1970. Soon after that she received a Doctoral Teaching Fellowship at Springfield College to coach the women’s volleyball team. She coached Springfield from 1972-74 where she had a 24-0 season and competed in the AIAW national tournament in 1972, and a 26-1 season in 1973 with the only loss coming at the hands of SCSU and Louise Albrecht.

In 1976 Joan began her career at SCSU where she coached for 10 years. During that time, her teams competed against Penn St, University of Pittsburgh, University of Maryland, UConn and URI.

During her first five years as coach at Southern, her teams were considered the reigning volleyball power in the east. This is astounding considering that she did not have one scholarship athlete on any of her teams. Her overall record at SCSU was 264-124 (64%).

While at Southern, Joan also started a USVBA team call the New Haven Dippers which she coached for eight years. While this team competed on the national level, no records were kept at that time.

Joan also coached at summer camps and presented clinics at high schools throughout the state.

She completed the USVBA coaching certification for Level I and Level II in California in ’77 and ’78.