Pati Rolf
Pati Rolf

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
North Dakota State, 1992


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2012 marks the fourth season at the helm of the East Carolina volleyball program for head coach Pati Rolf.

Rolf owns 24 years of head coaching experience, serving as head coach at Big East Conference member Marquette University before arriving in Greenville. Her 426 career victories make her one of only 46 active coaches at the NCAA Division I level with at least 400 total wins and rank her third among current Conference USA coaches.

Rolf compiled a 103-101 overall record, including a 49-46 mark in conference play, during her seven-year stay with the Golden Eagles. From 2004 to 2006, she led Marquette to three-straight winning seasons for the first time in program history and guided MU to the Big East Tournament semi-finals in 2006 and the Conference USA Tournament finals in 2004. Her 2004 squad also finished with 22 wins, the highest total in the program's Division I history.

While at Marquette, Rolf coached numerous All-Big East selections, two America Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Northeast Region Team members and two AVCA Honorable Mention All-America Team performers.

Rolf was not only committed to excellence on the court, but also in the classroom. During her tenure with the Golden Eagles, Rolf coached one Big East Scholar-Athlete Sport Award winner and one McCahill Award winner, which honors the top MU senior athlete from the previous year who has demonstrated the highest performance in scholarship, leadership and athletics.

Rolf also had one athlete, Heidi Pfeiffer, earn the Ralph H. Metcalfe Senior Scholar Athlete-of-the-Year award and the Gold Medal Award from the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. Pfeiffer become the first student-athlete at Marquette to earn the honor.

Prior to her stint at MU, Rolf spent 14 years heading the University of Minnesota-Duluth program, where she compiled an overall record of 310-169 (.647). Her 310 wins rank among the top 25 in Division II history.

Born April 23, 1963
High School Hopkins (Minn.) HS
College North Dakota State, 1992 (B.A.)
Family Husband: Kent
Children: Graydon (23) and Madison (16)
Level School (Years)
High School Hopkins (Minn.) HS (1978-81)
College North Dakota State (1981-84)
Year School, Position
1984-88 Red River Valley Junior Program, head coach/program director
1987-88 Fargo North HS, head coach
1988-2001 University of Minnesota-Duluth, head coach
2002-08 Marquette University, head coach
2009-present East Carolina University, head coach
Year Championship
1988-91 Northern Sun Conference
1993-99 Northern Sun Conference
Year Award
1989 Northern Sun Conference Coach-of-the-Year
1991 Northern Sun Conference Coach-of-the-Year
1993-96 Northern Sun Conference Coach-of-the-Year
1999 North Dakota State Athletics Hall of Fame
2006 Hopkins (Minn.) High School Hall Of Fame
Year School Record Conf. Record
1988 Minnesota-Duluth 18-30 10-2
1989 Minnesota-Duluth 26-14 11-1
1990 Minnesota-Duluth 26-19 10-2
1991 Minnesota-Duluth 33-13 12-0
1992 Minnesota-Duluth 11-26 8-4
1993 Minnesota-Duluth 22-13 11-1
1994 Minnesota-Duluth 25-5 12-0
1995 Minnesota-Duluth 23-9 11-1
1996 Minnesota-Duluth 25-4 11-0
1997 Minnesota-Duluth 19-6 12-0
1998 Minnesota-Duluth 21-7 11-1
1999 Minnesota-Duluth 24-8 17-1
2000 Minnesota-Duluth 22-6 16-2
2001 Minnesota-Duluth 15-9 13-5
2002 Marquette 13-16 3-10
2003 Marquette 14-16 8-5
2004 Marquette 22-7 10-3
2005 Marquette 17-13 8-6
2006 Marquette 16-15 10-4
2007 Marquette 10-16 5-9
2008 Marquette 10-15 4-8
2009 East Carolina 9-19 2-14
2010 East Carolina 2-30 1-19
2011 East Carolina 2-27 0-20
Career 24 Seasons 425-341 (.555) 216-120 (.643)
The four-time Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Coach-of-the-Year guided the Bulldogs to a 165-20 (.892) NSIC record, a mark which also included 11 league titles. She led UMD to the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament three times (1991, 1994 and 1998) and averaged 22 wins a season during her 14 campaigns.

Prior to her stint at UMD, Rolf served as both the head coach at Fargo North High School in North Dakota (1987-88) and the head coach/director of the Red River Valley Junior Program in Moorhead, Minn. (1984-88).

Rolf has also gained coaching experience at the Junior Olympic level, serving as an assistant at both the 1992 and 1993 USA Volleyball Women's Junior Elite Camp in Colorado Springs and at the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival in St. Louis.

Her commitment to understanding all facets of the game enabled Rolf to receive her Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) International Officiating Certificate in 2003, making her just one of 15 female international officials in the world. The Professional Association of Volleyball Officials (PAVO) Hall of Fame member has been a registered national volleyball official since 1990 and worked as a line judge in both the men's and women's volleyball competitions (including the women's gold medal match) at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

In the summer of 2004, Rolf also officiated matches in St. Petersburg, Russia and at the World Military Games. In the summer of 2005, she served as an official at the 2006 World Championships Qualifying Tournament in Guatemala. The summer of 2007 saw her officiate at the Pan American Games in Brazil before Rolf gained even more experience by working a FIVB World League matchup between China and the United States in 2009.

A native of Hopkins, Minn., Rolf was a four-year volleyball letterwinner at North Dakota State University (1981-84). As a senior, she captained the Bison while gaining NCAA Division II All-Region and All-North Central Conference (NCC) honors. She distinguished herself in the classroom as well, earning NCC All-Academic honors twice. In October of 1999, she was inducted into the NDSU Athletic Hall of Fame.

By the time her career had concluded, Rolf set a NCAA Division II career record for matches played (239). She did not sit out a single set during those four seasons.

On May 8, 2006, Rolf added yet another honor to her resume as she was part of Hopkins (Minn.) High School's first Hall of Fame class. Rolf was a multi-sport letterwinner in the early 1980s at Hopkins and earned the Athena Award as the schools' top female athlete.

Rolf served on the board of directors of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) from 1995 through 1998 and has been a member of the National Ranking Committee since 1993. Additionally, she served on the Duluth Public Schools Board of Education from 1998-2002 and has been on the North Dakota State Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2009.

Rolf and her husband, Kent, are the parents of two children - son Graydon (25) and daughter Madison (18).