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At Rock Valley College, you're not just a number. Our highly respected faculty have master's degrees, doctorates and real-world experience. You won't be competing for attention in a huge lecture hall. Our average class size is 21, so you'll get a chance to interact, challenge and be challenged by your instructors.
RVC competes in NJCAA Division III in men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball, golf, baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's soccer. Not to brag, but we're pretty good at it. Our teams have won 13 national championships and we have had more than 140 All-Americans.
The Estelle M. Black Library at Rock Valley College features nearly 75,000 volumes and more than 650 periodicals, and access to the interlibrary loan system. It also features spaces for individual and group study, and if you get thirsty, there's a coffee shop in the lobby!
Head Coach: Alyssa Tomei
Alyssa Tomei is the new head coach for RVC Volleyball.
Tomei is a well-known and respected coach for Club Fusion Volleyball in Rockford, the largest and number one recruited volleyball club in the country. She is currently the head coach for the nationally ranked Club Fusion 14 Black and for Club Fusion Rockford 18 White. Her Fusion experience also includes assistant coaching duties for the 2013 national champion Club Fusion 17 Black team, and 2012 fifth place national finishers Club Fusion 18 Black.
Tomei was an assistant coach for the Keith Country Day high school team that won the 1A state title in 2013 and served as head coach for the Keith Country Day middle school team that went undefeated in 2013. Prior to that, she also coached at DeKalb High School in 2012.
As a player, Tomei started her college playing career at Middle Tennessee State University where, as a freshman in 2007, her team advanced to the Sweet 16 for NCAA Division I. She transferred to the University of Pittsburgh for her junior season in 2009 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Sociology in 2011. While finishing her degree at the University of Pittsburgh, she also coached club volleyball for the Pittsburgh Magic in 2011.
Tomei is originally from Rochelle, Illinois.
Natalie Olsen joins the Golden Eagles for her first season coaching at the college level. She is an RVC graduate and was a two-time NJCAA All-American volleyball player for the Golden Eagles in 2009 and 2010.
As a freshman in 2009, she also earned All-Conference and All-Region honors for an RVC team that finished 38-6 before falling to Madison College in the regional championship match. In her sophomore year in 2010, Olsen helped lead RVC to a third place finish at the NJCAA tournament while earning All-American honors for the second straight season. She was again named All-Region and also won Player of the Year honors for the conference (N4C). In her two seasons, the Golden Eagles went 24-0 in conference play and 17-0 in home matches. She finished her RVC career with 835 kills, which was the most for any RVC player since 2001 until she was surpassed in 2012 by Kristen Kotch (1,121).
Olsen's playing career was cut short after graduating from RVC with her Associate of Arts degree due to a second surgery on her knee and subsequent six-month recovery. She decided to continue her studies at Rasmussen College and will graduate in December with a degree in Healthcare Management.
Her coaching experience includes four years as a club volleyball coach, three years as assistant coach for Rockford Lutheran girls volleyball, and two years as head coach for Rockford Lutheran boys volleyball.