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Effective August 1, 2016 Surabordin “Ai” Prachumsri becomes the second head women’s volleyball coach in UC Merced history and comes with a wealth of first-hand experience as a student athlete and assistant coach at UC Merced for the past seven years.
"I feel extremely privileged to have the opportunity to coach at a school that I played for and take so much pride in being part of this program,” mentioned Ai.
Ai has been a member of the UC Merced men’s volleyball coaching staff for the past two seasons where he has assisted in all aspects of the program from administrative responsibilities and recruiting to practice planning. Most recently, he joined the women’s volleyball program as the lead assistant for the 2015 season. The 2015 season was their most successful to date as the team ended the season with a 14-10 overall record and 6-4 in California Pacific Conference play.
As a student athlete at UC Merced, Ai competed as a member of the men’s volleyball club team for three years and in 2013, as the program was elevated to the intercollegiate level, he competed as the starting libero for the inaugural squad.
In the classroom Ai was among the top students on campus and in the engineering department as he was honored on the Chancellor’s List all five years. He graduated with a degree in Bioengineering in 2014 with a cumulative 3.928 GPA. During his time on campus he also took on additional responsibilities as the Intramurals Student Coordinator and as a Student Athlete Learning Assistant, helping tutor his fellow student athletes.
A native of Thailand, Ai made Torrance, California his hometown at the age of 14. Following in the youthful tradition of firsts for UC Merced, Ai now becomes the first UC Merced alum to become a collegiate head coach.
In addition to his head coaching duties, Ai will remain on the men’s volleyball coaching staff.
Victoria Rouse joins the University of California, Merced women's volleyball coaching staff after a successful four-year playing career with UC Merced. In addition to her successful playing career, Rouse was a model student-athlete for the Bobcats, being named to the Chancellor's List three times, and being named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete twice.
Prior to her playing career at UC Merced, Rouse was a three-year varsity player at Pitman High School while also playing club volleyball with Rage Volleyball in Ripon, CA.
While not at UC Merced, Rouse coaches the Atwater Phoenix Volleyball Club in Atwater, CA.
Rouse, who graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Human Biology and a minor in Physics, plans to start the pursuit of her Master's Degree in a science-related field, complete medical school, and practice ophthalmology.