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Rob Beam is entering his ninth season as head coach of the Golden Grizzlies. He is already the second winningest coach in program history. In this time he has transformed the program by emphasizing positive energy, a growth-mindset, comprehensive success, and creating a meaningful experience and lasting friendships for his student-athletes.
Rob was a three sport athlete in volleyball, soccer, and tennis at Clarke College in Dubuque, IA. In volleyball he finished 2nd and 3rd in the NCAA in digs per set in consecutive years, in soccer was an NAIA Academic All-American, and in tennis was NAIA Academic All-District. In the first two sports he was named Most Valuable Player and a team captain. While at Clarke he was also the student body President and Treasury.
Rob lives in Rochester Hills with his wife, Maria, and his son, Connor. They are a connected Golden Grizzly family as Maria is the director of the Social Work Program at OU and Connor is often seen cheering on the black and gold at OU events of all kinds.
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Eric Lindstrom (White Lake, MI) is beginning his tenth season with the Golden Grizzlies as an Assistant Coach. His positional focus is in training the middle hitter position. During matches he is the defensive coordinator and calls blocking assignments and makes defensive adjustments for the back court players.
He is also one of the Founders and Co-Directors for Legacy Volleyball Club. This season Eric is the Head Coach for Legacy's 16-1's team. But, he has experience training all ages from 10-18 with this program. He holds a USAV Level I CAP Certification.
He began coaching volleyball in 1996 with his father's Walled Lake Central team that reached the MHSAA Final Four in three of his four years. He later went on to play at Ferris State with the men's club team.
Claire Galli (Bloomfield Hills, MI) is entering her second season as an Assistant Coach for the Golden Grizzlies. Claire’s primary focus is training setters, developing offensive game plans, as well as assisting with recruiting and public relations for the Golden Grizzlies.
She started her coaching career at her alma mater in 2011 as a graduate assistant. She completed her master’s degree in education in 2013. At Xavier she was responsible for setter training, recruiting coordination, and alumni relations.
Claire was a standout player at Xavier University from 2007-2010. She finished her career as one of two Musketeers to surpass 3,000 assists and 1,000 digs. She garnered All-Atlantic 10 First Team honors in 2009 and 2010.
The remainder of the staff will be composed of current and former Golden Grizzly players, other current and former collegiate players, and other well regarded area high school, club, or collegiate coaches.
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