Volleyball 2012 Season in Review
Cougars play at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Friday at Bohler Gym.
Cougars host Oregon State and No. 4 Oregon this Friday and Saturday.
WSU heads to the Bay area to face No. 1 Stanford and California in mid-week games.
Cougars host Colorado Wed., Oct. 31, and Utah Fri., Nov. 2.
Pat Stangle is a highly-valued veteran of collegiate volleyball who joined the Cougar volleyball program coaching staff in April 2011.
"Pat brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to WSU Volleyball," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "His values and hard work shine through and we are excited to have him join the Cougar Volleyball family. Pat is very well-respected by high school, club, and college coaches throughout the country."
After hitting the recruiting trails at full speed for the past two years, the Cougar coaching staff recruited and signed a nationally-recognized freshman class for the 2013 season. The Cougars will welcome an UnderArmour first team All-American player, two honorable mention All-America players and a Gatorade State Player of the Year to the team in the fall of 2013.
During Stangle's first season on the WSU coaching staff the Cougars 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 Jen Greeny was as assistant coach. Under the mentoring of Greeny and her staff, Ganzer became the fourth All-America player in WSU history and the first selected since 1996. Ganzer played professionally in Puerto Rico and Romania.
The Cougar volleyball program also achieved great academic success with back-to-back-to-back semesters of a team grade point average of 3.0 or better and being awarded the Seehafer Academic Award for the 2011 fall semester. The Seehafer Academic Award is given twice a year for demonstrating the most improved academic performance or the greatest strides toward achieving its team academic goal.
Stangle's coaching experience included a stint as the head coach at the University of Wyoming from 2004 through 2007, where he had a record of 50-59. He guided the Cowgirls to a 26-36 record in the highly-competitive Mountain West Conference with fifth-place (of nine team) finishes in 2004 and 2006, the highest league finishes in the history of the program in the MWC.
Prior to Wyoming, he was the top assistant coach for Jim McLaughlin at the University of Washington from 2002-03, and was instrumental in the Huskies' 43-20 overall record and 19-17 Pacific-10 Conference record. The 2003 Dawgs finished 23-9 overall and 10-8 in the conference and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Championship Tournament. Stangle worked with the offense and was the Huskies' recruiting coordinator, enticing the core of the Washington players who competed in a long line of NCAA Volleyball Championship tournaments including the Husky team that was crowned the NCAA Division I Champions in 2005.
After two successful coaching stints in junior colleges, Stangle was selected to the NJCAA Volleyball Hall of Fame. From 1997 through 2001, Stangle coached at Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kansas, where the Lady Saints were 225-34 in five seasons. He led the volleyball team to two Jayhawk Conference championships, three straight NJCAA Region VI titles from 1999 through 2001, and mentored the team to three appearances in the NJCAA National Championships. Stangle earned conference and district Coach-of-the-Year honors and coached 18 NJCAA All-Region players and six NJCAA All-Americans.
Stangle began his coaching career as the head coach at Central College in McPherson, Kansas, leading the team to the school's first regional tournament appearance and returned to the regional tourney the following year.
Stangle, 48, is originally from Spokane, Wash., where he played basketball at Northwest Christian High School for Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny's father, Jim Stinson. He went on to play middle blocker on the Hardin-Simmons University (Abilene, Texas) men's volleyball team that participated in the 1986 NCAA DI Midwest Regional Championships. Stangle earned a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1988 from Hardin-Simmons and went on to earn his MBA in 1993 from the University of Texas-San Antonio.
From 2008-2011 Stangle coached for the prestigious Alamo Volleyball Association in San Antonio, Texas. He and his wife, Melissa, have two sons, Casey and Doak, and one daughter, Haley.
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