Rita Crockett, born on November 2, 1957 in San Antonio, Texas is a retired American top volleyball player with an Olympic silver medal, she's married and has a daughter named Maria.
An outside hitter, Rita who was nicknamed "Rocket" because of her jumping ability and speed was one of the top outside hitters in the world throughout the 80's and 90's.
Rita was a member of the 1980 Olympic team, which boycotted the Olympic Games.
She made her second Olympic team which participated in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles which won the first women's Olympic silver medal ever for the United States.
World Championship Experience
Major International Competition
Joined the US National team in 1978
1981 Won bronze medal at the World Cup
1983 Won silver medal - Pan American Games
1984 Won silver medal at the Los Angeles Olympics
2011 International Volleyball Hall of Fame Induction
"Rocket" played professionally in Japan, Italy the US and Switzerland before becoming an elite pro beach volleyball champion in the United States.
1998-2004 Coach, University of Iowa
2004-2005 Associate Head Coach, Florida State
Currently Executive Director, President and Head Coach of the North Florida Volleyball Association
Currently owner Rita Crockett Volleyball Camps & Clinics
Currently Assistant Athletic Director Florida International University, Head Volleyball Coach
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What advice can you give to juniors, college athletes, pros, future and current Olympians to help them strive for greatness?
Be humble. Take care of your body. Take care of your mind. And just enjoy the sport and have fun. If you’re not having fun, it’s not worth doing…
When it stops being fun, get out.
Check yourself every now and then. I think it’s important to look around and appreciate all that volleyball has become and what we have achieved as a whole.
What advice would you give to FIU athletes who are competing in the Olympics for the first time?
Try and keep everything in perspective. You have to realize it’s not about you, but the country you’re playing for. I realized that this is bigger than me. It’s not my Olympics, it’s my country’s Olympics. For me, I’m one of 12 people chosen for women’s volleyball to go and do the best for my country. When you keep that in mind, your fears go away, your confidence goes up and your pride comes out and you just do what you do.
Misty May Treanor
Helia de Souza "Fofao"