CLUB CACTUS JUNIORS COACHING STAFF | RUBIO
THE RUBIO FILE
YEARS WITH CCJ: 5th year
2017: 15-Mizuno Head Coach
2016: 14-Mizuno Head Coach
2015: 13-Mizuno Head Coach
2014: CCJ Staff Advisor
2013: CCJ Staff Advisor
University of Arizona Head Coach
Cal-State Bakersfield Head Coach
American Volleyball Coaches Association
Past: Club Cactus Board of Directors
Cal-State Northridge University
Head Coach: Club Cactus 12-Mizuno
University of Arizona Head Volleyball Coach
Rubio has turned the Wildcat volleyball program into one that not only contends in the dominant Pac-12 Conference, but on a national level as well. In 26 seasons at the helm of the Arizona program, Rubio has led the Wildcats to 19 NCAA Tournament appearances, which has included a trip to the Final Four, four Elite Eight appearances and eight trips to the Sweet 16, most recently in 2016.
Despite playing a challenging non-conference slate every year before the grueling Pac-12 season, Rubio's teams are consistently ranked in the polls. The Wildcats had a streak of 30 straight weeks in the Top 10 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll from 2000-03. In 2000 and again in 2001, his teams ranked as high as No. 3 in the poll, the highest ranking of any team in school history.
Inheriting a program that did not win a single conference match the season prior to his arrival, Rubio has guided the Wildcats to a 479-290 (.623) overall record and has won 601 matches in his 28-year collegiate coaching career. In 2000 he guided Arizona to its first ever Pac-10 title.
At Arizona, Rubio has recruited and coached four first-team All-Americans, including Arizona's first ever consensus two-time honoree, an AVCA Freshman of the Year, a Pac-10 Player of the Year, a Pac-12 Setter of the Year, 34 All-Pac-10/12 performers, 16 All-Pac-10/12 freshman players and 65 academic all-conference athletes. Wildcat athletes have also earned 40 Pac-10/12 Player of the Week honors under his guide.
The Wildcats have reached the postseason four of the last five seasons, and seven of the last nine overall, including a run to the Sweet 16 in 2016.
In 2001, Rubio's decade-long effort to build the Arizona program into a national power came to fruition. Returning the 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year, All-American setter Dana Burkholder, and three other starters, the squad entered the season as the sixth-ranked team in the nation, the highest preseason ranking in school history. The lofty expectations and the implementation of rally scoring did little to alter Arizona's course with history, as the Wildcats remained among the top seven teams nationally all year and concluded the regular season 21-4 overall, 14-4 in the Pac-10 and fourth in the national poll.
He came to Tucson from Cal State Bakersfield, where he had developed one of the nation's winningest Division II programs. In five seasons, he coached seven All-Americans, led the Roadrunners to three consecutive Top 5 finishes and won the 1989 national championship. Rubio was honored as the ASICS Tiger Coach of the Year in 1989, and in 1991 was honored as the CCAA Coach of the Year.
Rubio served as an assistant coach for Cal State Northridge's men's team in 1983 and then for the women's team in 1985, helping them win a national championship. He began his coaching career in 1978 as the boys' coach at Granada Hills High School. He spent time as an assistant at Pierce College before taking the Chatsworth High School girls' team to the league championship in 1982. Prior to his arrival at Bakersfield, Rubio spent four years as coach of the women's team at Westlake High School.
As a player, Rubio was an all-conference and all-state volleyball selection at Cal State Northridge. Prior to his time at Cal State Northridge, Rubio starred at Pierce College, where he was inducted into the athletics Hall of Fame in 2012. A volleyball clinician and grass tournament entrepreneur, he is highly recognized for his extensive community involvement.
Rubio graduated from Cal State Northridge in 1982 with a B.A. in physical education. Born on June 20, 1959, he is married to the former Amanda Sebbas. They have a daughter, Olivia, and twins Dylan and Lucy.