February 19, 1998
PULLMAN, Wash. - Shannon Hoyt, formerly the head volleyball coach at St. Ambrose University and first assistant coach at Northern Illinois University, has been hired as an assistant coach at Washington State University, Cougar head coach Cindy Fredrick announced Friday.
A native of Davenport, Iowa, Hoyt replaces WSU's 1992 All-American setter, Keri Killebrew, who took the first assistant coach's position at Fresno State after three years assistant at WSU. Hoyt joins first assistant, Dr. Mashallah Farokhmanesh, on the WSU staff.
Hoyt graduated from St. Ambrose University with a bachelor of arts degree in sports management in 1993. While at St. Ambrose, Hoyt earned first team all-conference honors in 1989, 1991, and 1992 and all-district accolades in 1991 and 1992. She was the team captain two years, the most valuable player once, and given the Stephanie Mullion's Award for leadership. Named to the Dean's list, Hoyt was also selected outstanding sport management major.
After graduation, Hoyt served as the assistant volleyball coach at her alma mater for one year, moving up to the head coaching position in August of 1994. On her way to 100 wins in three seasons, Hoyt's St. Ambrose 1995 an 1996 volleyball teams won conference championships and played in the 1995 NAIA National Volleyball Championship Tournament. Hoyt was selected conference coach of the year in 1995.
While at St. Ambrose, Hoyt also served as assistant softball coach, coordinator for men's and women's tennis, and assistant to the athletic director. She earned her masters in business administration in May 1996.
During the spring of 1997, Hoyt was an assistant volleyball coach at New Mexico State, moving to the first assistant's position at Northern Illinois in June. The NIU Huskies won the Mid-American Conference and went on to play in the NCAA Championship Tournament, losing in the second round to final-four participants, Penn State.
"We're bringing in a very, very qualified assistant coach in that she's been a head coach at the NAIA level and was really a very successful and proven head coach," Fredrick said. "Shannon brings great experience as an NAIA head coach and good experience as a Division I first assistant coach. We've know Shannon for many years in that both Farokh and I coached Shannon when she was younger. We're looking forward to having Shannon on staff and think that she will be a great addition to our staff."
NOTE: The following awards were presented at the Cougar Volleyball Banquet earlier this month: Jennifer Stinson (junior, Davenport, Wash.) Most Valuable Player (team vote); Colleen Smith (freshman, Albuquerque, NM) Most Improved (team vote); Samantha Spink (junior, Coeur d'Alene, Id.) Strength and Conditioning Award (selected by Strength and Conditioning staff), and Academic Achievement (high GPA on team).
The Pacific-10 voted to have a one-year trial Friday-Sunday scheduling for the 1998 volleyball season. This is to avoid all the football conflicts that have created alot of last-minute schedule changes in volleyball and inequities with some teams playing with a day of rest in between and others back to back.