Dorothy Webb

PERA Professor of the Practice

Direct NCAA Division III intercollegiate volleyball program and teach skills and fitness courses in the Physical Education Department.

I direct Wellesley College's NCAA Division III intercollegiate varsity volleyball program, including individual player and team development, technical and tactical competition strategies, and national recruiting. The program has been one of the most successful in the region for 17 years, and the team has competed in the NCAA regionals, NCAA Elite Eight, and/or the NCAA Final Four many times. The program has developed 22 regional and national All-Americans during my tenure at Wellesley and has claimed 11 conference championships.

I teach fitness and skills classes in the Physical Education Department, including beginning volleyball, fusion fitness, elementary and intermediate tennis, and strength training. These classes count toward Wellesley College's physical education degree requirement.

I am the teacher-coach representative to the Department Leadership Group and the chair of the Coaches' Professional Development Committee. I have been the chairperson and served on numerous department search committees to hire new faculty members.

Prior to coming to Wellesley College, I spent three years at Brown University earning my MA in English and literary criticism and coaching the intercollegiate varsity volleyball team. I was heavily involved in the significant lawsuit Cohen vs. Brown that helped establish Title IX law nationwide.

As a college athlete I helped University of the Pacific win two NCAA Division I national championships before competing in three professional leagues: Major League Volleyball, the Women's Professional Volleyball Association, and the Bud Light Four-Person Volleyball League.

As part of my professional development I was twice selected (in 199 and 2001) to present coaching education seminars at the American Volleyball Coaches Association national convention and the NCAA Division I Final Four.

I enjoy biking, reading, my team, my whole extended family, and doing anything with my two wonderful children!


  • B.A., University of the Pacific
  • M.A., Brown University