Debbie Green-Vargas

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Debbie Green-Vargas
Personal information
Nationality American
Born June 25, 1958 (1958-06-25) (age 57)
South Korea

Debbie Green-Vargas (born June 25, 1958) is a former American volleyball player and coach. She is regarded as the greatest American women's volleyball setter of all time.[1][2][3] Green-Vargas was a member of the U.S. National Team and won the silver medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Early life[edit]

Debbie Green was born in South Korea in 1958. She grew up in California and attended Westminster High School. At the age of 16 Green-Vargas was a part of the Adidas Junior Team which swept the USVBA Nationals. She was named an All-American, the youngest player ever to be so honored.

Collegiate career[edit]

Despite her small stature, Green was a two time All-American setter at USC. She perfected the jump set, allowing her to meet the ball higher in the vertical plane and create a higher tempo in the offense. In doing so she was able to consistently create opportunities advantageous for her hitters. In 1977, Green led the Trojans to a 38-0 record and an AIAW National Championships. Hers was the first college volleyball team to ever register a perfect season. Green led the Trojans to their second National Championship the following year in 1978.

Olympic career[edit]

Green was on the roster for the 1980 Olympic, but was disappointed by the 1980 Olympic boycott. In 1984, Green helped team USA to a silver medal, at the time the best finish in U.S. women's volleyball history (later matched by the 2008 team).


Green played for the Los Angeles Starlites of Major League Volleyball (MLV), a women’s professional indoor league, and helped the squad earn the league’s first two championships in 1987 and 1988

Green-Vargas was an assistant coach for the Long Beach State women's volleyball team for 23 years, retiring after the 2008-09 season.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Green-Vargas earned a BA in communications from Long Beach State in 1992.

Green married Joe Vargas and has two children, Nicole and Dana. Nicole played setter at Long Beach State, where Green-Vargas worked as an assistant coach. Dana was a setter for UCSB.

In 1986, she was selected to the United States Volleyball Association Hall of Fame, and in the spring of 1986 received the All-Time Great Volleyball Player award. On April 30, 1998, Green became the first woman to enter the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame.


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