Assistant Coach, Volleyball
Whitney Behrens enters her first season as an assistant volleyball coach at Washington University in St. Louis in the fall of 2012.
Behrens joins the Bears' program after completing a standout career in 2009 as the libero for NCAA Division I Saint Louis University. She finished her career as SLU's all-time digs leader (1,685), and also averaged a program-best 3.79 digs per set in her career. Behrens played in 125 matches and 445 sets in her career, which rank fifth and tied for 13th, respectively, at SLU.
She helped lead the Billikens to three Atlantic 10 Conference championships in 2006, 2008 and 2009. As a junior, Behrens was an AVCA honorable mention all-American and was named the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year.
In her rookie season, Behrens recorded 535 digs, the most by a freshman in Billiken history. She was selected to the A-10 All-Rookie team, and also received A-10 all-tournament team honors in 2006 and 2008.
In addition to her success on the court, Behrens also excelled in the classroom at SLU. She was a four-time member of the A-10 all-academic team, and earned CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors three times (2007-09).
Behrens brings four years of club volleyball coaching experience to the Washington U. program. She spent one year as the coach for Team St. Louis, and also has three years of experience coaching Team Momentum Volleyball, another St. Louis club team.
Since completing her playing career, Behrens has worked as a graduate assistant dietician in the SLU athletic department. A St. Louis native, she was a member of the three-time state champion volleyball team at Incarnate Word Academy from 2003-05 before graduating in May 2006.
Behrens earned her bachelor's degree in nutrition and dietetics with a certificate in business administration from SLU in May 2010, and will complete her master's in nutrition and physical performance in 2012.