Coach Straka returns to CSM as an assistant coach for the women’s volleyball team.
After completing her undergraduate degree at Frostburg State and completing her graduate degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Straka came across an opportunity to teach advanced physical training and coach volleyball at CSM back in 1976. In her first ten years at CSM, then Charlestown Community College, she developed a women’s volleyball program that competed and won MD JUCO championships, regional championships, and were fierce competitors in the national tournament. In 1985, she led CSM’s volleyball team to a national ranking of second in the country in the NJCAA after losing in the National Championship game by two points in the fifth game.
Her reputation at CSM earned her the head coaching job of Georgetown University's women’s volleyball team in 1987. In her five years at Georgetown, she led the Hoyas to the finals of the Big East Tournament and became the President of the Big East Conference for Women’s Volleyball.
After taking a short break to raise her son, she felt coaching withdraw and was asked to be an assistant coach at George Mason University in 1992. During her five years at George Mason, she led the Patriots to five consecutive CAA championships.
Straka returns to CSM to help the new coaching staff in recruiting to keep the winning tradition going for the growth of the program.
When she is not coaching, Straka spends her time as the President of the Southern Maryland Volleyball Club. In her tenure there, she has developed 10 of her former players into coaches at the Division 1 level.