Pilots Hire New Volleyball Coach

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Pilots Hire New Volleyball Coach

Post by Rob's Jacket on Fri Jan 18, 2008 5:54 pm

Uhh . . . I might have missed this earlier, but apparently Doug Sparks resigned as head volleyball coach back in November:

http://www.portlandpilots.com/sports/wvball/release.asp?release_id=4691

And Joe Houck from Western Oregon is the replacement:

http://www.portlandpilots.com/sports/wvball/release.asp?release_id=4758

I'm no expert on volleyball, but it sounds like a pretty good hire to me.

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Post by PilotNut on Fri Jan 18, 2008 8:13 pm

This does seem like a good hire... good stuff.

I would like to see UP volleyball rise in status--the WCC is VERY strong in women's vball, with many of the CA schools ranked at one point or another.

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Post by Rob's Jacket on Sat Jan 19, 2008 12:51 pm

More on Joe Houck, from the Salem Statesman Journal, calling UP his "dream job." Solid hire by Larry Williams, IMO.

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080119/SPORTS/801190330/1018/SPORTS

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Re: Pilots Hire New Volleyball Coach

Post by Stonehouse on Sat Jan 19, 2008 1:25 pm

Agreed on this one. He has turned around every program that he's been involved with, and UP's program definitely needs turning around. And it's cool to have a guy with Oregon ties.

I'm not concerned that he's never been a head coach at the D1 level. He was an associate head coach at Eastern Washington and helped bring them to a Top 25 ranking, so he's had D1 experience. And it appears like he's a great teacher of the game, which is definitely a plus.

Good luck to coach Houck!

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Post by spogue on Tue Jan 22, 2008 8:30 am

Yeah...from what the girls have said I guess Houck is a hard ass, which will be good for our girls. Kara Pein has played with him before or knows him, something along those lines. I hope he keeps Lindsay on to stay as an assistant coach, the girls really responded to having a female couch on the sidelines especially one who was an all american setter.

The girls are working hard right now in the off season and next year I expect to see a strong outing.

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Post by Stonehouse on Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:28 am

Former assistant Ryan Goodwin is now at Penn:

http://www.pennathletics.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=8600&SPID=538&DB_OEM_ID=1700&ATCLID=1372841

Nice to see that he landed on his feet. Really nice guy and a good coach too. Good luck, Ryan!

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