Making history is nothing new for Amanda Burbridge as she heads into Year #8 with the reins of the program in her hands. Fans of Sun Devil Volleyball lore are fully aware of that, since Burbridge’s name is all over their record books. Fans of Bears’ Volleyball are just as aware, since the Bears have gotten very used to not only being in Region I title matches, but winning them to punch their tickets for nationals under her tutelage. And it didn’t take long, since Burbridge arrived at PC in the fall of 2008 and promptly led her inaugural squad to a 19-win season and the brink of a national tournament appearance with a Cinderella appearance in the Region I Finals. Two years later, Burbridge began the program’s most historic run to date when she took the team to the first of four straight Region I Championship Matches. In 2011 & 2012, the Bears didn’t just ‘get there’ since Burbridge led them to back-to-back seasons of over 20 wins, 2nd-place finishes in the conference, Region I Division II Championships, and deep runs into the NJCAA Volleyball Tournament (4th-place in ’11 & 9th-place in 2012). While those stats make her beam with pride, the main thing that brings a smile to Burbridge’s face, though, is the fact that every one of her seven volleyball squads has been on the NJCAA Academic Teams of the Year list with cumulative grade point averages over 3.0.
Even the level that Burbridge reached in-between her playing days and her PC coaching tenure had historic moments. Before moving up to the college coaching level, Burbridge led the Wolves of Desert Mountain High School to appearances at the Arizona State Volleyball Championships in each of her three years as head coach, winning it all in 2005 & 2006 while earning Desert Sky Coach of the Year honors both years. And her coaching prowess on the club level has been consistently successful ever since Burbridge graduated from ASU in 2000. She’s continued to build onto the club volleyball scene in the Valley, forming the Revolution Volleyball Academy in 2012, and making it one of the premier volleyball academies in the United States in just three years. Her student-athletes can only hope to duplicate the success Burbridge had on the court herself, since the 2010 Sun Devil Hall of Fame inductee finished her ASU playing career as one of only eight players ever to amass both 1000 kills and 1000 digs at the school. She also still holds the school record for kills in a season with 599 as a senior. Academically, Burbridge earned NCAA Academic All-American honors as a junior and senior, and earning both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from ASU as well as a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix.
Between PC and her club coaching, Burbridge’s life revolves around the light of her life: her 2-year-old daughter Logan.