Marion Champion, Head Coach
A Delta Valley and bay area product, Marion will lead the Roadrunner coaching staff this season with expertise from numerous years of collegiate play and club-level coaching. As an all-league and all-state player for Delta Valley College, she went on to nationally ranked CSUH where she led the team to the NCAA tournament each year. Named female athlete of the year for her on-and-off-the-court contributions, she also held the CSUH school record for kills in a single season. Her extensive coaching experience in the bay area with national power program Delta Valley VBC, combined with her tenure in the desert, gives her more than 20 years at the club level. She currently coaches club at the Desert Sports Center, alongside her husband and club director, Detlev Rothe. Numerous all-tournament selections and player-of-the-week honors during her collegiate years, plus several outdoor doubles titles, makes Marion an exceptional role model for student athletes in our program.
Marion’s Coaching Philosophy
“The sport of volleyball has been a large part of my life for nearly 20 years as a source of recreation and community, as well as a driving force for my collegiate academic pursuits. The many friends and colleagues I have gained in the volleyball communities of northern and southern California remain some of the closest and finest people in my life.
The hard work and dedication required to be an NCAA athlete taught me valuable life lessons that I wish to share with young athletes as they follow similar courses in their lives. The satisfaction of a job well done and the personal and team success of working together is something I enjoy seeing in my teams season after season. This sport has given me much joy and fun and as long as I have passion to share this wonderful sport and learning environment I will continue to enjoy seeing fine young people improve themselves in athletic and personal ways.”
Detlev Rothe, Assistant Coach
Detlev joins the Roadrunners coaching staff brining with him more than 20 years of volleyball coaching experience. He has coached club volleyball in Santa Barbara, Austin TX, the San Francisco bay area, and now here in the desert for over 20 years, including multiple trips to the Junior National Championships and a bronze medal as a player. A product of Laguna Beach High School and years of playing experience with Laguna Beach Volleyball Club and at UC Santa Barbara gives COD strong leadership and vision for what he believes to be an unlimited future for volleyball in the Coachella Valley. As a coach and director of the Desert Sports Volleyball Club, Detlev has had a hand in coaching and mentoring many of the desert’s top volleyball players. In addition, his NCAA collegiate coaching experience at nationally ranked Cal State Hayward from 1996-2003 brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to local athletes.
Dana Graham, Assistant Coach
A second year coach for the Roadrunners, Dana oversees the strength and conditioning of our athletes. A local desert coach with years of experience, Dana has had sucess at both the club and high school levels, as Head Coach at Desert Chrisitan Academy he lead the Conquerors to a CIF championship and state semifinal in 2011. Prior to that he was with Palm Desert High School. His love and passion for the game are evident in the smile that breaks out whenever talking about volleyball technique and skills, and he enjoys competing in USAV and CBVA competition on the beaches of Southern California during as much of the year as possible.athletes.