Julie Sprague Deckert
Women of Troy fields team in inaugural season for NCAA sport.
Julie Sprague Deckert, a long-time fixture on the pro beach volleyball circuit, is serving as a volunteer assistant coach in 2012 with the new USC women's sand volleyball team.
Sprague Deckert played professionally on the beach for 11 years (1995-2005), placing in the Top 25 in 48 of her 54 career tournaments. She placed as high as second in an FIVB Challenger tourney in Mexico (she also had a third in Mexico and a fourth in Italy in other FIVB Challengers). She had a pair of ninth place finishes at the 2003 AVP Manhattan Beach Open and the 2000 BVA Seal Beach Open.
A graduate of Northgate High in Walnut Creek (Calif.), she was a 4-year (1987-90) starting outside hitter at Chico State, where she was the school's first 3-time All-Northern California Athletic Conference first team selection (1988-90). She was NCAC Player of the Year in 1990 and made All-NCAC Northwest Region her final 2 seasons (1989-90). She set still-standing school season and match records for kills and digs (her 37 kills in a match set an NCAA Division II record). She was a 2-time team captain and 3-time team MVP. She won Chico State's Scholar-Athlete Award as a senior and made the NCAC All-Academic first team. In 2008, she was inducted into the Chico State Hall of Fame.
She earned her bachelor's degree in physical education from Chico State in 1991 and a master's degree in sport performance from Sacramento State in 1994.
After college, she coached at the high school and college levels, including as the head women's coach at El Camino High in Sacramento (Calif.) and Butte Community College. She also played 2 seasons (1993-94) of indoor pro volleyball with the Sacramento Stars.
She has been a faculty member in USC's physical education department for the past 14 years, teaching volleyball, weight training, group exercise and physical conditioning classes, after previously teaching on the community college level.
She and her husband, Rick, have a daughter, Taylor Nicole.