Debby Baker was named the head women's volleyball coach in February 2018.
Baker has an extensive resume of volleyball experience. From a player in 1990 at the College of Southern Idaho, and then at Utah State University in 1992, the Afton, Wyoming native has coached at the club, junior college and Division 1 levels.
After graduating from Utah State University in marketing in 1995, Baker went back to CSI as an assistant volleyball coach. In her two seasons there, CSI went 62-3 and 65-0 to win back-to-back NJCAA National Championships with a team that produces three All-Americans.
A few years later, Baker joined the coaching staff at Utah State University for one season before she was hired on as an assistant coach at the University of New Mexico. Baker spent six seasons 200 miles south, at New Mexico State University. While she was with the Aggies, they made three NCAA tournament appearances while recruiting and coaching five All-Americans and 20 All-Conference athletes. In 2003, NMSU signed a top-50 national class of recruits.
In 2008, Baker was given the head job at Southern Utah University, bringing back the women’s volleyball program that hadn’t existed in 20 years. Debby coached six seasons at SUU, making appearances in the Big Sky and Summit League tournaments.
Debby and her husband Jon came to Buena Vista in 2017 after Jon accepted the offer from head men’s volleyball coach Tom Peterson to be the program’s associate head coach. Jon and Debby have coached together for many years at the club level and at Southern Utah, and he will serve in the same position for the women’s team.
Jon Baker is in his first season as associate head coach for both the women's and men's volleyball at Southern Virginia.
Baker has over 20 years of coaching experience at the club, high school, and collegiate levels. Most recently, Baker was an assistant coach at Southern Utah University. As the defensive coach for the Thunderbirds, the team finished in the top 20 in the nation in blocks among Division 1 schools.
Baker has worked at many volleyball clinics and camps across the country, and has coached numerous high school and club teams, including leading the Adidas National 18 team to the USA National Tournament. He currently holds CAP 1, USAV IMPACT, and NFHS certifications in volleyball coaching.
Jon and his wife, Debby, recently moved to Buena Vista with their son, Logan Jon Baker.