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Burdette Greeny
Position: Assistant Coach
Phone: 509-432-3156
Email: burdette.greeny@wsu.edu

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 a large reason the Cougar volleyball program produced an 18-win season in 2013, the most wins since the 2009 season. WSU’s 2013 recruiting class, ranked 14th-best nationally, was a strong indicator of Greeny’s outstanding talents on the recruiting trails. Not only did WSU sign an UnderArmour first team All-American, two honorable mention All-America players, and a Gatorade State Player of the Year, but in their first year of collegiate play three of those freshmen earned postseason honors.

The 2013 AVCA Pacific North Region Freshman of the Year was WSU’s Kyra Holt who also garnered All-Pac-12 honorable mention and Pac-12 All-Freshman honors. Cougar freshmen Emmy Allen and Hailey Bethune were named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman honorable mention team. Five freshmen from that highly-touted recruiting class contributed with substantial playing time in 2013.

“Burdette Greeny should be credited for much of the hard work in securing the 14th-ranked recruiting class,” Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. “From the day he was hired the 2013 class was his focus. 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 this 2013 class. The 2014 group is a solid second recruiting class. While smaller in numbers, it has three good players who all fit needs in our program in Casey Schoenlein (Issaquah, Wash.), who was the No. 60 recruit in the nation, Haylee Mathis (Strasburg, Ill.), coming from 2000 miles away to join us, and Arlicia Ortiz (Spanaway, Wash.), another player from in-state which is very important to us. Next year will mark the fourth time in our four years at WSU that the majority of our team will be underclassmen. We are excited about what these three quality people will add to our 13 returners next year and the continued ascent of this program.”

In three seasons at the helm of WSU, Head Coach Jen Greeny and her staff led the Cougars to improvement in total wins both in non-conference and conference matches. Holt is the most honored WSU player since 2011 when senior Meagan Ganzer became the first Cougar to be named to All-Pac-12 and All-Pacific Region teams, breaking a ten-year drought. Under Greeny’s mentoring, Ganzer became the fourth All-America player in WSU history and the first selected since 1996. Head Coach Jen Greeny and Burdette Greeny have coached eight All-Americans and two players who have had successful professional careers: Ganzer played in Puerto Rico, Romania, and Germany, and Anile Clemente, a three-time All-American at Lewis-Clark State, played in Denmark.

In addition to improvement on the court, Greeny proudly tells recruits about the Cougar volleyball program’s great academic success with continuous semesters of a team grade point average of 3.0 or better.

Burdette Greeny, 38, 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. During the fall 2009 season, the Warriors posted an astounding 3.59 team GPA with 14 of the 16 players getting above a 3.0, 12 of the 16 getting above a 3.25, six of the 16 getting above a 3.75, and four players garnering a perfect 4.0 GPA. 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 coaches with his mother 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 on 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.

Burdette and Jen Greeny have two young daughters, Lauren and Leah.

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