Catching Up With Keune
Former Bulldog Robyn Keune tells us about her life after Fresno State.
Former Bulldog Robyn Keune tells us about her life after Fresno State.

Oct. 22, 2012

By Kasandra Martinson

FRESNO, Calif. - The Bulldogs honored their programs and traditions last Friday night. Many alumnae came back to the Save Mart Center to support the Bulldogs as they faced UNLV in a battle for first place in the Mountain West. had the opportunity to catch-up with former Bulldogs Robyn Keune, who is now the head volleyball coach at Madera High School.

Q: Tell us a little bit about your experiences after your time at Fresno State?

A: I entered the Credential Program and got a job as a first grade teacher in Madera. I love it.

Q: How well did Fresno State prepare you for life after college, both as a person and as a coach?

A: College athletics is an experience that really helped to shape the person that I am today. I learned to persevere. I learned that attitude makes the difference. I learned to be mentally tough, even in the grimmest of situations, which has made a huge impact in my life. I try to instill the importance of perspective and mentality within my players.

Q: Have you always wanted to coach? What made you choose this path?

A: I don't know if I always wanted to coach ... I love the game and since I can no longer play coaching seems like a logical choice.

Q: What is the most rewarding part of coaching?

A: This is hard to put into words because there are so many pieces to the puzzle. I love to watch the growth, both as athletes and people. It's an awesome thing to witness.

Q: How is your team doing this season?

A: 18-10. We are it's been a bit of a roller coaster. We're looking to get more consistent here in the final stretch.

Q: You aren't originally from the valley, what made you want to stay here?

A: Southern California is an expensive place to live! And, my family is here now. The friendships I formed in college have kept me around.



Q: Are you interested in moving on to the colligate level of coaching?

A: I would love to. I am incredibly competitive ... and sometimes it feels like the college level is where that would fit best.

Q: Do you stay in touch with any of your former teammates?

A: Facebook allows most of to keep up with each other. Only one is still here in town. We see each other often, we're workout buddies.

Q: How often do you come back and watch your alma mater play?

A: A lot more in the last 2 years ... I try to bring my high school kids out to watch once or twice a season.

Q: What do you enjoy doing in your free time away from coaching?

A: I love anything active, so long as it does NOT include the snow. Hiking, biking, skateboarding ... whatever gets me moving.

Q: What were some of your favorite things about Fresno State?

A: I lived for athletics ... the rest is kind of a blur. I loved playing and I am so fortunate to have had that experience in a city that rallies behind its athletic programs.

"Discover Fresno State Athletics!" -- Fresno State volleyball begins the second half of Mountain West play on the road against New Mexico on Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. Tune into the home of Fresno State volleyball, ESPN 790, for game day action.

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