Women's Volleyball Recruit Information

Players choose UC Santa Cruz over a variety of Division I, 2 and 3 programs for many reasons. From the world-class academic opportunities of the University of California, to our amazing campus, UC Santa Cruz is an amazing place to go to school, but more than anything players come to UC Santa Cruz to be a part of something special. We are a competitive Independent Division III volleyball program that aims for a level of excellence and competitive hunger that will push us to the ultimate goal of a NCAA DIII National Championship. Players who play here do so for the love of the game, and we have high expectations for our players both on and off the court.

The Recruiting Process Our team is formed through a combination of recruiting and open tryouts at the beginning of the season in early August. For prospective Slugs it is important that you understand the recruiting process. Because we are a division III program we can have contact with you throughout your high school career, but we recommend getting in touch with us as early as the summer before your junior year so you can start becoming a part of our recruiting picture. The earlier you get in touch with us, the more opportunities we will have to have you attend one of our player identification clinics and summer camps.

It is important that prospective Slugs know that applying by the correct deadline and getting accepted to UC Santa Cruz is the biggest battle. We are unable to help with the admissions process. When a student athlete is admitted to UC Santa Cruz it is because they put in the work to get the grades.

For prospective Slugs we suggest the following:

1. Contact us: Email the women’s volleyball program at thollenb@ucsc.edu

2. Send us a video and fill out a Bio: Due to the number of players that contact us every year, we are physically unable to make it out to see everyone play. Please fill out a Volleyball Bio here. Please put together a video that is half raw game footage and half skills that showcases every part of your game (even your weaknesses) and send it to:

Women’s Volleyball. Attn: Todd Hollenbeck, Intercollegaite Atheltics
1156 High St.
Santa Cruz, CA 95064.

3. Come to our camps: This is a great opportunity for you to showcase your abilities while getting an inside view of our coaching style and expectations. We have three summer camps and will be having player identification clinics. Here is a link to our NIKE summer camp. 

4. Make a visit to our campus: Come and visit one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world! To reserve a spot on our campus tour click here. In addition make sure to contact the coaching staff via email @ thollenb@ucsc.edu to schedule time to meet while you are here.

5. Plan to see us play: While it is hard to meet with recruits on game days, it is extremely valuable for you to get a clear picture of our level of play, our style of play, and the atmosphere surrounding a college volleyball game at UC Santa Cruz. Come to a game to cheer on the Slugs and come introduce yourself to the coaching staff after the game.