Summer all-star volleyball team to play six matches in Beijing and Shanghai this June.
Volleyball 2012 Season in Review
Jan. 12 and Jan. 13 are dates for volleyball camps in Bohler Gym.
Three Washington State University volleyball class of 2013 signees have been selected to the 2012 Under Armour Girls High School All-America Teams. WSU signed the most 2012 high school All-Americans among all the Pac-12 Conference member schools.
Cougars wrap up season with one more win than in 2011.
Jen Greeny has tallied two seasons at the helm of the Washington State University volleyball program and continues to rebuild the program to the level of national prominence that it was when she played and was an assistant coach.
In March 2011, Greeny became the 12th coach in the history of the Cougars volleyball program. She has compiled a two-year record of 25-29 at WSU and has a six-year career record of 137-63 (.685). She played and coached at WSU during the program's most successful years on the Palouse and when hired Greeny made a commitment to not only restore the program but to take it to the next level of success. To that end, she and her staff hit the recruiting trail at full speed and the incoming freshman class of 2013 is an outstanding one with three prep All-Americans and a Gatorade State Player of the Year.
In her first season as the head coach at WSU, Greeny's team doubled the total number of wins from the previous season, including four more wins in the elite Pac-12 Conference action. The Cougar volleyball team won 23 of 25 sets played in the spring of 2012. That fall WSU increased the overall win total (13-19) and had a strong 3-5 finish in the last portion of Pac-12 play. For the second year WSU landed a player on the All-Pac-12 postseason honors list with sophomore Jaicee Harris being tabbed to the 2012 honorable mention team. In 2011, senior Meagan Ganzer became the first Cougar to be named to All-Pac-12 and All-Pacific Region teams since 2002 when Greeny was as assistant coach. Under Greeny's mentoring Ganzer became the fourth All-America player in WSU history and the first selected since 1996. Greeny and her assistant coach Burdette Greeny have coached eight All-Americans and two players who have had successful professional careers: Ganzer played in Puerto Rico and Romania, and Anile Clemente, a three-time All-American at Lewis-Clark State, played in Denmark.
Greeny has also changed the academic culture of the program with back-to-back-to-back semesters of a team grade point average of 3.0 or better. The volleyball team won the Seehafer Academic Award for the 2011 fall semester, an award given each semester for demonstrating the most improved academic performance or the greatest strides toward achieving its team academic goal.
As the head volleyball coach at Lewis-Clark State College (Lewiston, Idaho) from 2007-10, Greeny accumulating an impressive 112-24 record and .824 winning percentage while turning the Warriors' program into one of the premier NAIA teams nationally. She took the reins of a struggling program and led it to the most successful seasons in program history, winning four consecutive Frontier Conference regular season titles, four consecutive conference tournament championships, as well as earned four consecutive berths to the NAIA National Tournament. The Warriors finished in the top 13 in the nation each year and ended the 2010 season at 31-3 (.912), the best mark in the history of the program.
Greeny was named the Frontier Conference Coach of the Year for four consecutive years, and the American Volleyball Coaches' Association's Northwest Region Coach of the Year, for four straight seasons.
But achieving success is not new to Greeny. Jennifer Stinson graduated from Davenport High in Eastern Washington in 1995, where she was a stellar multi-sport athlete. Best known for her success on the basketball court, Greeny finished her career as the state's all-time leading scorer (both boys and girls) with 2,881 points, and led the Gorillas to two state basketball titles. She also won three state high jump championships during the track and field seasons. Greeny was named one of Volleyball Magazine's Fab Fifty Freshman recruits. Her prep accomplishments earned her numerous local and regional honors.
She came to Washington State University on a volleyball scholarship and became the seventh player in school history with 1,000 career kills. A three-time All-Pacific-10 Conference selection, Greeny's statistics are prominent in WSU's all-time career lists ranking third in block assists (360), fourth in total blocks (419), seventh in solo blocks (59), and 11th in kills (1,006). She trained with the U.S. National volleyball team during the summer of 1997 but a knee injury kept her from playing at the World University Games in 1997. She also played one season on the Cougar women's basketball team.
Greeny also excelled in the classroom where she was WSU's Athlete of the Year in 1998-99. She was a CoSIDA District VIII Academic All-America first-team and second-team selection her final two years and was a Pac-10 Volleyball All-Academic selection three times.
She received her bachelor's degree in education from WSU in December 1999 and spent the next half-year substitute teaching and coaching in Spokane until accepting the position as assistant volleyball coach at WSU. Greeny spent 4½ years on Head Coach Cindy Fredrick's volleyball coaching staff and then took over at Pullman High when Fredrick departed for the University of Iowa.
At the time of her departure from WSU in the spring of 2004, Greeny was involved in six of the 10 seasons Cougar volleyball qualified for the postseason, three as a player and three as an assistant coach. During her playing career, WSU was ranked as high as fifth in the country and made the Elite Eight of the NCAA Championship Tournament. Greeny was instrumental in WSU's second and only other appearance in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, in 2002, this time as an assistant coach.
Greeny became the Pullman High School volleyball coach in 2003 and posted a remarkable 84-12 record with a .875 winning percentage in three years. She was the chosen the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association's Coach of the Year and was tabbed the Great Northern League Coach of the Year three times.
Her commitment to volunteer work in the community has been a hallmark during Greeny's tenure at LCSC and at WSU. Her team members have been active volunteers in Habitat for Humanity home building, raising money for the local breast cancer support group, at local elementary schools, mentoring disadvantaged youth, conducting Little Spikers volleyball clinics, and working with area club volleyball programs.
Greeny and her husband, Burdette Greeny, a former standout pitcher at WSU and an assistant volleyball coach at WSU, have two young daughters Lauren and Leah.