Julie Chester begins her first season at the University of Houston where she will serve at the volunteer assistant coach during the 2011 season.
Chester graduated from Oklahoma in December of 2008 following a very successful four-year playing career with the Sooners. Serving as a senior captain, the 5-10 setter guided the Oklahoma to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances (2006, 2007), including a run to the Sweet 16 in 2006.
Playing under head coach Santiago Restrepo, Chester earned four varsity letters and finished her career ranked second among Oklahoma's all-time assists leaders with 2,794. Her 699 assists in 2004 also rank fourth on the Sooners' single-season chart.
Chester also did her part off the court, earning First Team Academic All-Big 12 honors and garnering the team's Life Skills Award for community service in 2007. During her time in Norman, Okla., Chester served as an instructor/coach for Oklahoma's volleyball camps from 2005-07.
While still earning her degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Chester served as the head coach of the Oklahoma Elite Volleyball Club for the 2006-07 season. She later took on the role of junior varsity head coach at Norman North High School where she was responsible for creating an active and challenging learning environment, along with conducting workouts and practices that would help develop players into a varsity-level athlete.
Prior to her time in Oklahoma, Chester enjoyed a successful career at both the club and high school levels playing in her hometown of Katy, Texas, located just outside of Houston. One of the most accomplished prep setters in the country, she was rated as the seventh-best high school prospect and second-best setter to sign with a Big 12 school by PrepVolleyball.com.
While cultivating a standout career at Cinco Ranch High School, Chester also developed her skills as a part of the highly regarded Texas Tornadoes club program. She served as team captain for both squads and also was named to the 2003 USA Junior National Championship All-Tournament team after leading the Texas Tornados to a fifth-place showing.