Head Coach Amber Zitzow’s Bio
Amber Zitzow enters her eighth season at the helm of Yellowjacket Volleyball. Named the 2015 Heidi Hutchinson Coach of the Year, 2015 Minnesota College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, and 2015 Rochester Area Sports Commission Banquet Finalist, Zitzow looks to continue building Rochester Community and Technical College into a perennial powerhouse. With Zitzow leading the way, the Yellowjackets were the 2015 NJCAA Division III National Champions, Region 13A Champions, winners of their third MCAC Conference Championship with a 14-0 record, and finalists for the 2015 RASC Banquet Team. Since arriving at RCTC, Zitzow owns a 156-67 record.
The Yellowjackets are coming off of a third-place finish at the 2018 National Tournament with an overall record of 24-9, an undefeated MCAC Conference finish and a Region 13A Championship. Zitzow was awarded MCAC Conference Coach of the year, Region 13A Coach, and a finalist for the Rochester Area Sports Banquet Coach of the Year. Under the guidance of Zitzow, the Yellowjackets acquired four All-MCAC Conference Selections, two Region 13A players, and a team AVCA All-Academic Award. Carrie Rutlege was named MCAC Conference Player of the Year, NJCAA All-American and an AVCA All-American.
The Yellowjackets had back-to-back third place finishes in the MCAC Conference with a 10-4 record in league action in 2016 and 2017. During the 2017 campaign, the Yellowjackets were named the Sportsmanship Team of the Year. Ashley Bichel was named NJCAA All-American in 2016.
Completing a historic year in 2015, Zitzow led the Yellowjackets to a 27-6 overall record and a league-best 14-0 MCAC Conference finish. Under Zitzow’s guidance, RCTC garnered two All-Americans, four Region 13A players, and four All-MCAC Conference selections, as Tori Peterson was named MCAC Conference Player of the Year, NJCAA All-American, and AVCA All-American. Jessica Foster was also named the NJCAA National Tournament Most Valuable Player and NJCAA All-American.
Zitzow arrived at RCTC in August of 2012. In her first season, the Yellowjackets finished with a 17-9 record and a 3rd place finish in the MCAC Conference, while Marcy Swenson earned Honorable Mention All-American. During the 2013 season, Zitzow lead the Yellowjackets to a 26-6 record, MCAC Co-Conference Championship, and Region 13A Runner-Up. She was named MCAC Coach of the Year, while Taylor Aakre was named MCAC Conference Player of the Year. Taylor Aakre and Lindsay Ayers were named NJCAA All-Americans. Taylor Aakre was also an AVCA All-American.
The Yellowjackets finished the 2014 season with a 30-4 record. Among the team’s highlights were picking up the 3rd place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament, Region 13A Championship, and a consecutive MCAC Co-Conference
Championship. Zitzow was named MCAC Conference Coach of the Year, Region 13A Coach, and a finalist for the Rochester Area Sports Banquet Coach of the Year. Bri Atkins received MCAC Player of the Year, NJCAA All-American, and AVCA All-American honors. This was RCTC’s first National Tournament appearance in fourteen years.
Her teams have produced numerous MCAC Players of the Week, several MCAC Southern All-Division Players, many All-MCAC Conference Team players, MCAC Southern Conference Player of the Year, MCAC All-Academic Team players, and National Player of the Week honors. In post-season, the Yellowjackets have been honored with Region 13A Division III All-Region and All-Tournament players.
Prior to Rochester Community and Technical College, Coach Zitzow spent many years as an assistant coach at the college and high school levels. She has led many Junior Olympic volleyball teams to national and AAU tournaments.
“I look forward to the challenge of motivating athletes to grow and reach their full potentials while maintaining their classroom performances. I am optimistic that Rochester Community and Technical College will remain competitive and continue to offer a winning program.”