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Zara Budenbender

Email: zara.budenbender@sanjuan.edu
Cell/Text: (916) 549-9966

Zara is a Bella Vista alumni, playing as both a defensive specialist and an outside hitter.  She received all-league honors, was team captain and in her Junior year, the team finished 3rd in the state. Zara played club all through her high school years as well, attending Junior Olympics three times; in Texas, Florida, and San Jose. After high school Zara attended Brigham Young University for one semester and then was recruited to Division I Sacramento State to play as a defensive specialist. It wasn’t until her Junior year that she earned a full-ride scholarship and acted as team captain in her Senior year. She held the record for all time digs until the role of libero was introduced after she graduated. During her time there the Hornets won the Big Sky three consecutive years and played in the NCAA tournament each of those years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Audiology and later went back to school to earn her teaching credential and Master’s in Physical Education. She currently teaches Health and AVID at Bella Vista. She has previously coached club at High Voltage for two years and was Head Coach at Del Campo for two years. She has been at Bella Vista coaching for seven years and is entering her third year as head coach. In those years Bella Vista has finished at the top of the league and participated in section playoffs every year. She also started a boys volleyball program at BV. Zara has been married for 16 years to Chris and has three children: Jozalyn (14), Jada (12) and Jace (8).

Coaching Background

  • 2015-16 Bella Vista High School, Varsity Head Coach, 
  • 2014-15 Bella Vista High School, Varsity Head Coach, League Champions, Section Playoffs
  • 2013-14 Bella Vista High School, Varsity Head Coach, League Champions, Section Playoffs
  • 2012-13 Bella Vista High School, 
  • 2011-12 Bella Vista High School, 
  • 2010-11 Bella Vista High School, 
  • 2009-10 Bella Vista High School, 
  • 2008-09 Del Campo High School, Varsity Head Coach
  • 2012-13 Del Campo High School, Varsity Head Coach

Coaching/Professional Certifications

  • CPR and First Aid Certification and AED
  • Masters of Education, Physical Education
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Audiology
  • National Federation for High School, Fundamentals of Coaching
  • National Federation for High School, Concussions
  • USA Volleyball Impact Certification

Playing Background

Bella Vista High School, 1992-1996

  • Played as both a defensive specialist and an outside hitter
  • All league honors
  • Team Captain
  • Finished 3rd in the State, jr year

Sac State, 1998-2002

  • While attending Brigham Young University for one semester, was recruited to Division I Sacramento State to play as a defensive specialist
  • Scholarship earned for Senior Year
  • Team Captain Senior Year
  • She held the record for all time digs until the role of libero was introduced after she graduated 
  • During her time there the Hornets won the Big Sky three consecutive years and played in the NCAA tournament each of those years

Club

Various Club

  • Played through her high school years
  • Attending Junior Olympics three times; in Texas, Florida, and San Jose