Volleyball Coaching Staff
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Ben Bodipo-Memba enters his fourth season as assistant coach with the California volleyball team.

Bodipo-Memba joined the Golden Bear family after a three-year stint at UC Irvine. Exceptionally experienced at both the collegiate and national levels, Bodipo-Memba has a distinguished volleyball resume.

When Bodipo-Memba accepted the position at Cal, he came home in more than one way. Originally from nearby Novato, Calif., he returns to his native Northern California. His younger brother, Jose, lettered in basketball with the Bears in 1996. Additionally, his father, Eduardo, received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Cal. During his senior year of high school, Bodipo-Memba played for Golden Bear volleyball and practiced at Cal. In Berkeley, Bodipo-Memba rejoins former coaching comrade in Jennifer Dorr, with whom he coached at Georgia Tech.

With the Anteaters, Bodipo-Memba served as recruiting coordinator with good reason for PrepVolleyball.com lauded his 2010 class with a "High Honorable Mention" and he helped sign 2009's 24th-best class.

This past summer, Bodipo-Memba was an assistant coach for the Junior National Team A1 Red Team that won the Gold Medal in the International Juniors Division at the USA High Performance Championships. In the summers of 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, Bodipo-Memba helped coach the U.S. Girls' Select A1 National Teams (GSA1) at the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships.

For seven seasons, Bodipo-Memba served on the Georgia Tech coaching staff as associate head coach in 2007 and 2008 and as an assistant coach from 2002-06. During his time in Atlanta, Bodipo-Memba helped guide the Yellow Jackets to a program-best No. 4 national ranking and three NCAA Tournament appearances, including berths in the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight. Georgia Tech also won two Atlantic Coast Conference regular season titles and an ACC Tournament championship. In 2007 and 2008, Bodipo-Memba coached alongside current Cal assistant coach Jennifer Dorr.

Bodipo-Memba steered the Ga. Tech offense for five seasons, and the Yellow Jackets led the nation in assists per game and kills per game in 2003 and 2004. Twice Ga. Tech ranked in the top-10 nationally in hitting percentage. He coached two setters that led the nation in assists per game - first team All-American Kele Eveland in 2003 and honorable mention All-American Lindsey Laband in 2004.  Bodipo-Memba moved into the defensive coordinator position in 2007, when he helped produce three honorable mention All-American middle blockers and four all-conference selections. The 2008 season saw Bodipo-Memba guide the Yellow Jackets to lead the ACC in kills and assists with two Georgia Tech middle blockers ranking third and fourth in hitting percentage. Middle blocker Callie Miller earned honorable mention All-America honors in 2008 after finishing 26th in the nation in hitting percentage under Bodipo-Memba's tutelage.

As the 2009 USA Volleyball High Performance USA Select AI head coach, Bodipo-Memba worked with some of volleyball's elite athletes. During that 2009 summer, he guided the team to a bronze medal at the U.S. High Performance Championships in Ft. Lauderdale. In 2008, he was an assistant for the U.S. Women's National A2 team that captured gold at the U.S. Open Championship.

Bodipo-Memba played collegiately at San Diego State and Grossmont College in the late 1980s. He received his degree in physical education at Canbury University in 2007.

He earned a starting spot at middle blocker for the U.S. Olympic Festival Silver Medal team in 1990 and also competed from 1993-95 with the U.S. national team. Bodipo-Memba played professionally in Finland for Raison Loimu in 1996. He also enjoyed a susccesful run at the US Open Adult National Championships from 1993-2007, helping his team to a bronze medal finish in 2005.

Bodipo-Memba began his coaching career at the high school level in San Diego, where he managed the San Diego Volleyball Club from 1994-97. In 2005, he assisted the U.S. national team, joining head coach Jenny "Lang" Ping's staff for the Pan American Cup and helping the team qualify for the 2006 World Grand Prix. His collegiate coaching career began in 1997 at Western Carolina.

Bodipo-Memba has served as a mentor in the AVCA Coaches Mentoring program for the past five years. He spent six years representing the ACC on the AVCA Assistant Coaches Committee and is also a member of the AVCA Education and Publication Committee, representing all assistant volleyball coaches.
Bodipo-Memba is a member of the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, The Branson School. He also contributed to a recently released book on coaching volleyball.