Entering her 14th season as an assistant coach for Air Force, Verna Julaton continues to lend her expertise to the Falcons' volleyball program. In addition to her administrative, recruiting, summer camp and on-court coaching duties, Julaton works primarily with the Air Force defensive specialists and liberos.
A native of Colorado Springs and graduate of Widefield High School, Julaton returned to her stomping grounds in 1996 from just up Interstate 25, where she coached at former Air Force Academy Division II rival Metropolitan State College (Denver). She spent five years as an assistant coach for the Roadrunners, before acting as the interim head coach for five months in early 1996.
With the Roadrunners, she gained experience in scouting, recruiting and practice organization, as well as in strength and conditioning program development. As an assistant coach, Julaton helped Metro State to two conference championships and two NCAA Division II regional berths.
During her tenure at MSC, she acted as a coach and administrator for the Metro Roadrunner Volleyball Camp for three years and as the director of Metro's summer volleyball doubles tournament. A keen administrator as well as coach, Julaton served as the facility coordinator and travel coordinator for eight other sports during her five year stint at Metro State.
Prior to her coaching days, Julaton was a complete impact player at Metro State. She was a two-year letterwinner for the Roadrunners (1987-88), after spending the first two years of her collegiate career at Mesa State College in Grand Junction (1985-86). As a freshman with the Mavericks, Julaton earned the club's Rookie of the Year honors. One year later, she led the Mesa State to the district championship and a seventh-place finish in the NAIA National Championships with a 42-9 overall record.
Playing primarily as a setter, Julaton dominated the court during her two years at Metro State, garnering first-team All-Continental Divide Conference honors in her first year. Julaton's second season was even more impressive than the first, as she earned Most Valuable Player honors from the conference and was named a first-team All-South Central region selection.
She compiled 2,703 assists and an 8.98 per-game average in two seasons at Metro State. Those marks are ranked sixth and seventh, respectively, on the program's all-time charts. In addition, Julaton is ranked third in the Roadrunners' single-season record book after collecting 1,757 assists during the 1988 season.
In 1989, she earned the Sportswoman of Colorado All-Around Award, for her significant achievements in both volleyball and basketball. Julaton was inducted into the Metro State Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 1998.
In 1997, she spent the spring as a defensive specialist/setter on the Colorado Thunder professional volleyball team, helping the team to the inaugural National Volleyball Association (NVA) championship title.
Julaton earned her bachelor's degree in physical education from Metro State College in 1989 and earned her master's degree in management from University of Phoenix in 2008. She is a first-degree black belt.