Coaching Staff

Patti Cook
Westmont Record
2011 8-10
2012 25-10
2013 22-11
2014 18-14
2015 20-7
Total 93-52


Head Volleyball Coach

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Patti Cook became the Westmont Volleyball Head Coach during the 2011 season. Cook, a three-time NAIA All-American, graduated from Westmont in 2004. The Warriors posted a record of 8-10 under Cook’s leadership in 2011. In the 2012 season, her first full year as head coach, the Warriors went 25-10 and made their first appearance at the NAIA National Tournament since 2002. The 2013 campaign saw the Warriors post a record of 22-11 and make a return to nationals. In 2014, Westmont went 18-14 and improved to 20-7 in the 2015 season.

As a player, Cook led the Warriors to the NAIA National Championship in 2001 and 2002 with the Warriors reaching the quarterfinals during the 2002 season. Cook is the all-time career kill record holder at Westmont, having amassed 2,079 during her four years (4.58 per game). She also holds the top three places for most kills in a single season, having tallied 609 in 2002, 573 in 2003 and 546 in 2001.

“This program represents personal and spiritual growth,” said Cook regarding the impact Westmont volleyball had on her life as a student-athlete. “It helped me to become the woman that I am and the mother that I am today. It helped me to learn to overcome obstacles, to persevere and to glorify God through the game of volleyball.”

After her graduation, Cook began serving as an assistant coach for the Warriors. She also played professional beach volleyball, including three years fulltime on the AVP Tour.

In May of 2013, Cook competed as part of the Green Star Coffee Shots indoor women’s volleyball team and won first place in the 2013 USA Volleyball Open Championships in Women’s A Gold Division. Cook was named the tournament MVP.

“Playing beach volleyball taught me a level of professionalism that I didn’t have as a collegiate player. I simply didn’t know how to make it my job to be in shape to compete in the professional tournaments,” said Cook. “I think I can share my experience by helping the players be physically fit as well as mentally fit to compete.

“My first goal is to prepare the women on the team for life outside of college and I think athletics is way that can be done,” said Cook of her focus as head coach.

Patti and her husband, Matt, live in Santa Barbara along with their daughter Rylie (8), son Brody (4), and daughter Emry who was born in January of 2016.


Assistant Volleyball Coach

Ken Preston returned to the Westmont coaching staff during the 2011 season after serving as the UC Santa Barbara men’s volleyball head coach from 1979-2008. In his 30 year career at the helm of the Gaucho program, Preston accumulated a record of 516-381 (.575). In 1988, Preston took the Gauchos to the NCAA championship game and was named the Men’s Volleyball Collegiate Coach of the Year.

Preston served as head coach at Westmont during the 1989 and 1990 seasons, accumulating a record of 49-18 (.731). During the 1990 campaign, Preston took the Warriors to the quarterfinals of the NAIA national championships and was named the NAIA Western Region Coach of the Year. Preston also coached at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (men, 1975-77), Cuesta Community College (women, 1976-77) and Wright State (men, 1978).

Internationally, Preston served as an apprentice coach for two U.S. Men’s National Team World Championship squads (Italy in 1978, Argentina in 1982), and assistant coach twice (World University Games in Mexico in 1979, Pan-American Games in Venezuela in 1983). He was the head coach for the U.S. Men’s World University Games team in Japan in 1985 and served as the technical advisor for the USA Men’s Olympic Team in Sydney, Australia in 2000.

Preston, who was inducted into the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Hall of Fame in May of 2011, has also held administrative positions representing the United States in international competition, including Head of Delegation for the USA Men’s World University Games in 2004 in Turkey, USA Men’s National Team, World League in Japan in 2007 and China in 2009 and as the techincal advisor for USA Men’s National Team in the Pan Am Cup in Mexico in 2006.

Preston holds a Masters of Science in physical education from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Bachelor of Arts in social science from UC Santa Barbara. He lives in Santa Barbara with his wife Beth. They have three daughters – Brooke, Courtney and Sarah.


Assistant Volleyball Coach

Ruth McGolpin joined the Westmont Women’s Volleyball coaching staff in August 2015. A former three-sport prep star at Dos Pueblos High School, McGolpin primarily works with the Warriors setters. She also serves as Co-Head Coach for the Dos Pueblos High School Girls Beach Volleyball team as well as a Physical Education/Health Sciences teacher at El Camino Elementary School in the Goleta Union School District.

McGolpin’s coaching career consists of stints at Northern Arizona University, the University of South Carolina, Colorado Mesa University and the University of California Santa Barbara. Prior to those stops, McGolpin lent her coaching prowess to the Santa Barbara Volleyball Club and Dos Pueblos High School.

As a player, McGolpin was a four-year starting setter at Northern Arizona University from 1987-1991. She was inducted into the Northern Arizona University Hall of Fame in 2000 after establishing a school record her senior year with 1,519 assists. Twice named as an All-Conference pick, McGolpin was also honored as a member of the Big Sky All-Decade team for the years 1982-1992.  She has played with head coach Patti Cook on the Green Star Coffee Shots in the AA division where she was named All-Tournament team on three occasions at the USA Open Adult Nationals. In 2015, McGolpin competed in the Women’s 45 division where her team of Panama Jack-San Diego took gold and she was awarded the division MVP.

McGolpin’s and her husband, Scott, have two children- Samuel (16) and Sarah (13).