Tolbert earned her Bachelors degree and Masters Degree in Education/Sports Administration from Texas Tech University.
Beginning her career as a coach in Brownfield Texas, Coach Tolbert coached the Field Event corps with Regional qualifiers in all 5 events her 1st year. This also gave her the opportunity to learn about coaching distance runners from Hall of Fame Coach James G. Morris. From Brownfield she moved to Corpus Christi as the Jumps Coach at Gregory-Portland High School winning the 4A State girls titles in 1980 and 1981. While at G-P, Tolbert was able to learn from Hall of Fame Coaches Shirley Rowe, George Harris and Ray Akins.
From 1982 until 1984, Tolbert served as the Assistant Track and Field/ Cross Country Coach for Texas Tech, in charge of Field Events, developing NCAA finalists in both the High Jump and Shot Put. She worked with Olympian Jarvis Scott where she developed her philosophy of building Track and Field Programs around the 400 meters, Field Events and the Distance Corp.
In 1984, Miss Tolbert decided it was more important to return to High School Athletics and help students gain the skills for both Athletics and Academics on the college level. Utilizing the knowledge gained over 34 years of coaching, Tolbert has developed a Division 1 NCAA Cross Country All-American, an NCAA Shot Put Finalist, two NCAA High Jump finalist, an NCAA Long Jump Finalist and numerous other champions at both the NCAA Division 2, Division 3 and NAIA level.
While at Duncanville, the Boys CC has won 2 District titles and a District and gone to the Region I Meet as a team 3 times.
Panther Boys and Girls Runners have gone as Individual Qualifiers to the Region I Meet each year of her tenure. Coach Tolbert also teaches United States History and believes that the harder the student athlete works in the classroom the better their performance in Championship events. They learn that it is the little things that make the difference between success and almost.