Volleyball Coaching Staff
Burdette Greeny may not have originally envisioned a career coaching collegiate women’s volleyball but his innate competitive nature and passion to see young people develop to their top potential both on and off the court have made him highly successful in this role. Greeny joined the Cougar volleyball program in March 2011 as an assistant coach after holding the same title at Lewis-Clark State College for three seasons prior to being promoted to Associate Head Coach in 2010. His recruiting prowess is evident in the PrepVolleyball.com’s national rankings. The Cougars ranked No. 17 in recruiting class rankings from 2013-15, which includes two classes ranked among the Top 21: No. 14 in 2013, and No. 21 in 2015, with the 2014 class garnering honorable mention accolades. Not only does WSU compete in the country’s strongest volleyball conference, the Pac-12, the Cougars recruit against the best with eight Pac-12 teams ranked in the PrepVolleyball.com’s Top 30 and seven in the Top 21. Among Greeny’s WSU recruits are five PrepVolleyball.com Top 100 players and two Gatorade State Players of the Year. “Burdette Greeny should be credited for much of the hard work in securing these top-ranked recruiting classes,” Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. “The recruits have said Burdette is easy and fun to talk to, is an amazing communicator, and is extremely passionate about Washington State and Pullman. Burdette cares not only about a player’s skills in the recruiting process but also about each individual and if they will fit in with our team core values. Burdette has emerged as one of the best recruiting coordinators in the country and it definitely shows with the amount of talent and character in his recruiting classes.” Head Coach Jen Greeny and her staff have led the Cougars to many noteworthy accomplishments. The 2013 squad had an 18-win season, including going 13-0 in the non-conference portion of the schedule. Wins that season came over three top 25-ranked Pac-12 teams and four wins came against NCAA tournament teams. Last year the Cougars faced the fourth most difficult regular season schedule among all the Pac-12 schools (Pablo rankings). The 2014 season found WSU facing 12 NCAA Championship tournament teams in 20 of its 32 matches with the Cougars leading the nation in sets won versus Top 25-ranked/teams receiving votes by a non-ranked team. WSU also tied for second in the nation for most two-point set losses to Top 25-ranked/teams receiving votes. Senior Chelsie Bettinson was second in the Pac-12 in blocks per set and fourth in the nation in total blocks during the regular season. The Cougars tallied 308.5 team blocks, ranked 36th nationally, and the highest WSU total since 2005. Eight players accumulated career statistics that were among the WSU top 10 best in the history of the program. In addition to improvement on the court, the Cougar volleyball program has established academic success with seven semesters of a team grade point average of 3.0 or better. Burdette Greeny assisted his wife, Jen, at Lewis-Clark State College from 2007-10. His areas of responsibility included coordinating recruiting, strength, conditioning and mental training, academic progress, the V-Club, and on-court skill technique coaching duties. In 2009, Greeny was one of 20 assistant coaches nominated for the NAIA National Assistant Coach of the Year Award. Greeny’s recruiting resume at LCSC included three Junior College First Team All-Americans, one Junior College Second Team All-American, one Gatorade State Player of the Year, two state players of the year, and 12 first team all-state selections. The Lewis-Clark State volleyball players were stellar in the classroom as well with the volleyball team GPA above 3.19 for the nearly every semester Greeny monitored the team’s academic progress. In four years, 37 LCSC players were named to the conference all-academic teams and seven players were selected as NAIA Volleyball National Scholar-Athletes. Greeny was born in Port Angeles, Wash., to Burdette Jr. and Cynthia Greeny, both high school coaches. His mother was a volleyball coach at Port Angeles High School. His sister, Karena, played basketball at the University of Hawai’i. Greeny was an all-league performer in both basketball and baseball at Port Angeles High. The Tacoma News Tribune named Greeny one of the top ten pitchers in the state in 1993. That year he was drafted by the New York Mets in the 32nd round but chose to stay in school and attended Tacoma Community College from 1993 to 1995 where he played one year of basketball and two years of baseball. He earned second-team All-West Region honors both years as a third baseman and also set a school record for striking out 17 batters in a game against Lower Columbia Community College. He pitched for Washington State in 1997, winning the team’s award for strength and conditioning. He signed as a free agent with the Milwaukee Brewers before the 1998 draft and was with the organization for two seasons. Burdette Greeny earned a degree in humanities with an emphasis in English from WSU in 1999. From 2000 through 2007 he was the head coach in the Pullman American Legion Baseball organization. His teams won two regular season titles, one district title, and made the first appearance by a Pullman team at the state tournament since 1968. In addition, Greeny’s Pullman team tallied the first state tournament win in the 60-year history of the program. Of his American Legion players, 88 percent went on to play college baseball. Greeny spearheaded the development of the Palouse Summer Series, bringing to Pullman some of the best legion teams in the state and Canada and he was the recipient of the 2005 Pullman Chamber of Commerce STAR (Supporting Tourism and Recreation) Award which recognizes organizations, individuals and businesses that work to support and enhance tourism and economic development in our region, and is presented by the Palouse Marketing Committee. Burdette is married to WSU’s head coach Jen Greeny, and they have two daughters, Lauren and Leah.