2013 Coaching Staff

Gale Lackey - Head Women's Volleyball Coach

(860) 685-2925 - glackey@wesleyan.edu 

Gale Lackey, head coach     Now in her 36th year at Wesleyan, Gale Lackey will handle the volleyball Cardinals for a 29th term in 2013. Gale has compiled a 456-381 mark over her 28 seasons with the volleyball team. Gale joined the Wesleyan staff in 1978 after spending a year coaching volleyball at the University of Bridgeport. With 13 wins there, Gale has a lofty 469 victories in her career, which ranks among the national leaders in Division III.  Prior to her stint at Bridgeport, Gale coached volleyball at Spring Grove (Pa.) High School for seven years. She is a 1970 graduate of West Chester (Pa.), and later earned her M. Ed. degree there.
     Named 2001 NESCAC Coach of the Year after guiding her squad to a best-ever 30-6 record, a first-place regular-season finish in the NESCAC with a 9-1 mark, and a first-ever invitation to the NCAA Division III tournament, Gale had taken her 2000 squad to an ECAC North Region Division III title. In between, Gale arranged for her squad to embark on a memorable trip to Cuba during the winter break in January 2001. There her team competed against a Cuban junior national team.  Her teams have posted nine winning seasons over the last 14 years with a collective 222-152 mark (a .594 winning percentage).
     Gale, who holds the rank of adjunct professor of physical education at the college, is the athletic department's senior woman administrator and was named an associate director of athletics in 2001.  Gale has Stage 1 level international coaching certification from the FIVB and was inducted in the Connecticut Volleyball Hall of Fame in November, 2010.

Joe Rouse - Assistant Coach

(860) 685-3655 - jrouse@wesleyan.edu

Joe Rouse, assistant coach     A member of Wesleyan's philosophy department since 1981, chairman of the Science in Society Program and a past chairman of the Wesleyan faculty, Joe Rouse will serve as Gale's assistant coach for a 29th year. A 1973 graduate of Oberlin College, Joe had been active as a U.S. Volleyball Association club player, helping his squad finish second at the national tournament in the 40-and-over division in 1995 and seventh in the 45-and-over division in 2000. Joe received his master's and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University, was granted tenure at Wesleyan in 1986 and elevated to full professor in 1991.

Robbie Belden - Assistant Coach

Robbie Belden, assistant coach     A 2011 graduate of the University of Connecticut where he was a staple force on the Huskies' club men's volleyball team, Robbie Belden came aboard the Cardinal staff as a part-time assistant in 2011 and will be in his third season in 2013.  A four-year player and three-year starter at UConn, Robbie was a two-time all-league choice at setter and also served as a member at-large to the New England Club Volleybal League.  He was both club president and a player/coach in 2009 and 2011 at UConn.  Robbie is in his second year toward a master's degree at Springfield College.
     Active in the coaching ranks as a junior Olympic mentor, Robbie has handled both boys and girls squads over the last five years including a three-year stint with a boys U-17 team and a year each with girls U-15 and U-16 outfits.