11 Maple - Head Coach


Coach Fun Facts

  • Her favorite assistant coach is her son Easton
  • Has a gold medal in Juniors Beach Volleyball
  • Favorite holidays are Halloween and Christmas
  • Teaches AP Statistics
  • Favorite books are The Hunger Games and Harry Potter

Coach Bio

This season (2021-2022) Marie Bruce is the head coach for Roots Volleyball’s top 11s team – 11 Maple.

Marie Bruce was born and raised in Austin, Texas and was a 2004 graduate of John B. Connally High School, where she received 1st Team All-District honors as a sophomore and District MVP honors as a junior and senior. Marie was also a member of the All-Centex team. Marie won the Junior Olympic Gold in 16U Beach Volleyball in 2002. Marie continued her volleyball career at Southwestern University, where she received numerous All-Tournament and All-Conference awards during her time on the court. Her senior year she earned All-American recognition. Marie holds records at both Connally High School and Southwestern University.

From 2008-2010 she was an Event Director, running various volleyball tournaments and a club volleyball coach. She led her 2010 15s team to secure a bid to USAV Girls’ Junior Nationals and had a strong showing at the national tournament.

Marie began her high school teaching and coaching career at Cedar Ridge High School (2010-2012) where she was an assistant under Kim Fuller. Marie was then giving the opportunity to be the head coach at Austin High School (2012-2016), where she earned Coach of the Year honors her first season. Marie spent the 2016 season opening Glenn High School and building their volleyball program. She took a break from high school coaching to focus on her family and continues teaching math at Georgetown High School (2017-2021).

Marie currently resides in Austin with her 6-year old son, Easton. For the last 5 seasons Marie has been the 11 Black/Maple head coach, setting clinics led, and provides private lesson training for Roots Volleyball athletes. This is Marie’s 5th season coaching with the Roots Volleyball family.