1998. Pulliza’s next endeavor was in Madison, Wis., where he served as the recruiting coordinator and offensive coordinator for the Badgers from 1999-2001. He is credited with recruiting Volleyball Magazine’s sixth-best class in the country in 2001. In addition, Pulliza found himself on the sidelines as the Badgers won the Big Ten title and were in the NCAA Final Four Championship match in 2000. The next stop for Pulliza was the University of Texas where he helped revitalize the Longhorn program. While serving as recruiting coordinator for the Longhorns, Pulliza signed Student Sports Magazine’s second-ranked recruiting class in the nation in 2003 and landed PrepVolleyball.com’s 13th-ranked class in 2004. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Pulliza is a 1996 graduate of Ball State with a degree in general studies. Pulliza received his master’s degree in athletics administration and coaching in 1998 from James Madison University. His wife, Jamie, is a speech pathologist.
The Coaching Staff • (L to R): Volunteer Assistant Ethan Pheister, Assistant Coach Carol Price-Torok, Head Coach Robert Pulliza, Director of Operations Blaire Hiler, Assistant Coach Anders Nelson
sity and community, Pulliza is a member of the Athletic Director’s Council on Diversity. In 2012, El Latino, an Arkansas Times publication, named Pulliza to the Who’s Who list of the Latino Community in the state of Arkansas. Pulliza came to Fayetteville after stops in some of the nation’s best programs, including, most recently, the University of Kentucky where he served as the associate head coach. He was instrumental in re-energizing the Kentucky program upon his arrival in 2004. His recruiting prowess with the Wildcats was evident as his 2007 class was ranked No. 8 in the country. He followed with the 17thranked recruiting class in 2008. Pulliza’s class in 2006 was ranked 26th by PrepVolleyball.com. One of the standouts from Pulliza’s initial recruiting class at Kentucky, setter Sarah Rumely, went on to be voted the 2008 SEC Player of the Year and two-time All-American. During her first season, Rumely was twice named the SEC Freshman of the Week en route to being named the SEC Freshman of the Year.
One member of the 2007 Kentucky team, Queen Nzenwa, became the program’s first All-America selection since 1993 after finishing the year ranked eighth in the nation in blocks per game. Pulliza’s 2007 freshman class again led the SEC in first-year player success as the Wildcats brought home four SEC Freshman of the Week honors and a league-leading seven honors. Kentucky made three NCAA tournament appearances in Pulliza’s three seasons for the first time in school history. In addition, Pulliza helped guide the Wildcats to a 20-win season for the first time since 1993. Kentucky had three consecutive 17-plus win seasons including back-to-back 19-win years and Pulliza coached nine AllSEC members and 10 All-SEC Academic honorees. Pulliza’s college coaching career began in 1996 as an assistant coach at James Madison University. The Dukes began the season with an RPI outside the top 200 but ended the year with a No. 61 RPI ranking. He moved on to Northern Illinois for the 1998-99 season helping the Huskies to the Mid-American Conference regular season title and second round of the NCAA Tournament in
INTERNATIONAL COACHING EXPERIENCE 2012 • USA/BIP Development Team (2nd Annual China-USA Challenge) 2010 • Puerto Rico Youth National Team (NORCECA Continental Championship) • Puerto Rico Junior National Team (Summer Cup) 2003 • USA National A2 Team (Summer) 2000-01 • USA Youth National Team (NORCECA Zonal Championship)
2012 ARKANSAS RAZORBACK VOLLEYBALL MEDIA GUIDE
2012 Arkansas Volleyball Media Guide with bios, history, stats and records