Verna Julaton

CJV Coach

Verna Julaton

Verna Julaton is currently the top assistant coach for the UNC Charlotte volleyball program. Verna recently served as director of the Denver Volleyball Club, where the weekend prior to joining the 49ers, she coached her 18s team to a gold medal at the Pacific Northwest Qualifier and earned a bid to 2015 USA Volleyball Nationals in New Orleans. Prior to taking the reins in Denver, she was an assistant coach at Alabama State University. Verna joined the staff at ASU headed by her mentor and former US national player Penny Lucas White. Verna helped establish the program by recruiting players that won back to back SWAC Championships and earned two trips to NCAA Volleyball Championships.

Prior to ASU, Verna spent 15 seasons as an assistant coach for Air Force. Verna worked primarily with the Air Force defensive specialists and libero's. She gained notoriety as a recruiting coordinator bringing all levels of athletes to the Academy, which still boasts the nation's toughest admissions standards. While at Air Force, the program produced numerous All-Conference and All-Academic players including a Rhodes Scholar.

She also coached at Metropolitan State College (Denver). She spent five years as an assistant coach for the Roadrunners, before acting as the interim head coach for five months. With the Roadrunners, she gained experience in scouting, recruiting and practice organization, as well as in strength and conditioning program development. As an assistant coach, Verna helped Metro State to two conference championships and two NCAA Division II regional berths. During her tenure at MSC, she acted as a coach and administrator for the Metro Roadrunner Volleyball Camp for three years and as the director of Metro's summer volleyball doubles tournament. A keen administrator as well as coach, Verna served as the facility coordinator and travel coordinator for eight other sports during her five year stint at Metro State.

Prior to her coaching days, Verna was a complete impact player at Metro State. She was a two-year letter winner for the Roadrunners, after spending the first two years of her collegiate career at Mesa State College in Grand Junction. As a freshman with the Mavericks, Verna earned the club's Rookie of the Year honors. One year later, she led Mesa State to the district championship and a seventh-place finish in the NAIA National Championships with a 42-9 overall record. Playing primarily as a setter, Verna dominated the court during her two years at Metro State, garnering first-team All-Continental Divide Conference honors in her first year. Verna's second season was even more impressive than the first, as she earned Most Valuable Player honors from the conference and was named a first-team All-South Central region selection. She compiled 2,703 assists and an 8.98 per-game average in two seasons at Metro State. Those marks are ranked sixth and seventh, respectively, on the program's all-time charts. In addition, she is ranked third in the Roadrunners' single-season record book after collecting 1,757 assists during the 1988 season.

In 1997, she spent the spring as a defensive specialist/setter on the Colorado Thunder professional volleyball team, helping the team to the inaugural National Volleyball Association (NVA) championship title. She also earned the Sportswoman of Colorado All-Around Award, for her significant achievements in both volleyball and basketball and was inducted into the Metro State Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 1998.

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