A frank conversation with retiring Arizona coach Dave Rubio

Dave Rubio retired on Tuesday as the Arizona volleyball coach after 31 years in Tucson. On Wednesday, his longtime assistant, Charita Stubbs, was named as his replacement.

We talked to Rubio about his decision to retire and he offered some interesting assessments of the realities of coaching in today’s college volleyball world.

We have also updated the list of the coaches who have been at their NCAA Division I programs the longest.

LONGEST-TENURED DIVISION I COACHES
39 years through 2022
Carolyn Condit, Miami, Ohio
Brenda Gray, Sam Houston
35
Debbie Humphries, Stephen F. Austin
Van Compton, Little Rock.
34
Barry Goldberg, American
33
Joe Sagula, North Carolina
Beth Launiere, Utah
32
Mary Wise, Florida
29
Joanne Persico, St. John’s
Jennifer Weiss, Harvard

28

Travis Hudson, Western Kentucky

27
Theresa Garlacy, Bryant
25
Ray Bechard, Kansas
Mike Jordan, NM State
24
Sam Atoa, Utah Valley
Jolene Nagel, Duke
Steve Opperman, Duquesne
David Schwepker, Murray State

23
Sharon Clark, Butler
John Cook, Nebraska
Chris Lamb, Wichita State
Bobbi Peterson, Northern Iowa
Margot Royer-Johnson, Providence
Linda Sagnelli, Central Connecticut
Chuck Voss, Cleveland State
Michelle Young, Furman
22
Jerritt Elliott, Texas
21
Carin Avery, Valparaiso
Jennifer Petrie, San Diego
Rose Washington, Jackson State,
20
Erin Appleman, Yale
Kirsten Bernthal Booth, Creighton
Jaime Gordon, Morehead State
Brandon Rosenthal, Lipscomb
Mary Tendler, Elon
Dave Shondell, Purdue
19
Genny Volpe, Rice
18
Rob Browning, Saint Mary’s
Christy Johnson-Lynch, Iowa State
Colleen Munson, Western Michigan
Lyndsey Oates, Northern Colorado
Craig Skinner, Kentucky
17
Susie Johnson, Milwaukee
16
Ryan Baker, Colgate
Jason Kepner, College of Charleston
Alma Kovaci Lee, Army
Rob Machan, Sacred Heart
Michael Seeman, Portland State
Josh Steinbach, Villanova
15
Todd Dagenais, UCF
Chris Poole, Florida State
Ruben Volta, Sacramento State
Dave Rubio and Charita “Rita” Stubbs/Mike Christy, Arizona Athletics

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