Sport

Volleyball

Years Played

1985-88

Year Inducted

2003

From All-America at North Dakota State University to U.S. Olympian, Cobbs' volleyball career took her around the world and back again.

From being a member of U.S. National Team from 1989 to 1994, to playing on the Bronze Medal American team at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, to becoming NDSU’s first recipient of the Honda-Broderick Trophy in 1988-89, an award signifying the Division II Female Athlete of the Year, Cobbs has been at the pinnacle of her sport.

She was a three-time first-team All-North Central Conference performer (1986, 1987 and 1988) and a two-time first-team American Volleyball Coaches Association & Asics/Volleyball Magazine All-American in 1987 and 1988, and second-team AVCA and Asics/Volleyball Magazine All-American in 1986. Cobbs was the 1988 AVCA and Asics/Volleyball Magazine Division II Player of the Year. She was a three-time AVCA all-region selection (1986, 1987 and 1988) and an eight-time NCC Player of the Week.

She currently holds nine school records including career kills (2,091), season kills (739), career attacks (4,379), career solo blocks (153), three-game solo blocks (6), four-game solo blocks (5), three-game block assists (10) and most season block assists (210). On NCAA career charts at the time of her induction, Cobbs ranked ninth in kills and 24th in attacks. She also ranked in the Top 10 at NDSU in career service aces (fifth, 203), block assists (third, 503), digs (third, 1,489), and hitting percentage (third, .325).

She set NDSU national tournament records with 25 kills against Tampa in 1988 and 71 attacks against Ferris State in 1987, plus she tied a record with 28 digs against Regis in 1988. She led NDSU to four straight NCAA tournament appearances including a school-record 43-3 mark in 1988 when the Bison hosted the NCAA Elite Eight and won the NCC title.

During her national team stint, she competed in the 1988 Goodwill Games and was a member of the USA’s 1990 bronze medal team in the World Championships in Bejing, China. She earned MVP honors at the 1992 Hong Kong Cup.

Cobbs played pro volleyball in the U.S. for the Minnesota Monarchs (1988-89), in Italy for Ceramica Magica (1993-94), and in Turkey for Vakifbank (1996-97). She was a Major League Volleyball All-Star for the Monarchs in 1989. She also played in the Bud Light Pro Beach Volleyball League (1993-97) and was a member of the 1996 Bud Light Pro Beach League champion Team Paul Mitchell. She was selected as the 1997 Bud Light Pro Beach League Surprise Player of the Year. All-America and all-tournament at the USAV Nationals in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2003, she was the MVP of the 1997 USAV Nationals in Kansas City for Team Paul Mitchell.

A native of St. Paul, Minn., she was a three-time all-conference and all-region performer in volleyball and basketball for Concordia Academy High School. She was twice all-state in volleyball and basketball, was named the 1985 Metro Basketball Player of the Year, and was runner-up for Miss Basketball in Minnesota. Cobbs was a two-time all-conference and all-region pick in softball and the driving force for the 1984 Class A state championship volleyball team.

She was an assistant coach for North Dakota State in 1994-95 and later served as an assistant coach for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.