Ellen Bugalski-Ferreira was a middle blocker at Cal Poly in the
mid-1980s (1982-85), leading the Mustangs to a 33-7 mark in 1984
and 31-8 in 1985. Twice she earned All-American honors and was a
first-team All-Pacific Coast Athletic Association selection in 1985
and a second-team choice in 1984, when the Mustangs briefly
attained a No. 1 national ranking before settling for No. 9 at the
end of the year.
Bugalski-Ferreira is second in the Mustang record books for career kills per game (4.30), No. 8 in career kills (1,081), fifth in season aces per game (.485 in 1985), tied for No. 1 in season aces (66 in 1985), No. 1 in career aces per game (.665) and No. 2 in career aces (167). She also is No. 8 in career solo blocks (73), No. 10 in career block assists (219) and No. 10 in career total blocks (292).
Bugalski-Ferreira, a graduate of Aptos High School and Cal Poly, went on to play for New York, Arizona and San Jose in the Major Professional Volleyball League from 1987-89 and was a member of the U.S. Volleyball Association National Team in 1986 and 1987, earning all-rookie team honors in 1986 and leading her team to first place in the open nationals, also in 1986.
Bugalski-Ferreira was a collegiate coach for 12 years and currently teaches primary physical education in Bakersfield. Her husband, Carl Ferreira, is head volleyball coach at Bakersfield College. They have three children.