Susan Judge (formerly Steadman) was named head volleyball coach at the University of Wyoming on August 5, 1996. The 1998 season will be her third at the helm of Cowgirl volleyball. Judge arrived in Laramie with some impressive credentials. In 1995, she led Marshall University to a 25-11 record, a Southern Conference Tournament Championship and the school's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
In her first two years at UW, Judge has led the Cowgirls to an overall record of 33-29 and a conference record of 18-12, including a third place finish in the WAC's Mountain Division in 1997 with a 10-4 conference record.
A 1991 graduate of Mississippi State University, Judge earned Southern Conference Coach of the Year honors in '95, in only her second year as a Division I head coach. "I'm extremely excited about this opportunity," Judge said. "Wyoming has an outstanding volleyball reputation and plays in a league that is as highly respected as any in the country. It's a very positive situation because the fans have high expectations for volleyball at Wyoming. I'm a very competitive person, and I love the challenge. After meeting with the players and members of the staff, I am extremely optimistic about the commitment here to producing a national-caliber program."
Judge, 27, resurrected the Marshall volleyball program in just two seasons. She became head coach there in April of 1994. Prior to her guiding Marshall to a conference tournament title and NCAA appearance in '95, Marshall had not had a winning season since 1988. Judge is Wyoming's ninth head volleyball coach, replacing Beth Kuwata, who accepted the head-coaching position at her alma mater, Denver University, in early August of '96. "Obviously, this was a tough time to undergo a coaching change," said new UW Athletics Director Lee Moon, who also hired Judge at Marshall. "We are pleased, and very fortunate to be able to hire someone with Susan's ability and skills. When I look for a coach, I look for one who has had quality experiences. I've seen Susan in action, and her accomplishments speak volumes. She took Marshall to the NCAA in just her second year. It was amazing how she turned that program around. She is as good a coach as we had at Marshall, and I had some outstanding ones. She is a great competitor, a first-rate teacher and an outstanding recruiter. I'm just excited to have her coaching here at Wyoming."
Prior to becoming the head coach at Marshall, Judge served as an assistant at her alma mater, Mississippi State, for three seasons (1991-93). She was a four-year letterwinner in volleyball and also played basketball at MSU. In 1989 and '90, she was named to the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll for volleyball. Judge completed a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1991, and added a master's degree in education and sports administration in 1994, earning both degrees from MSU. She has also served as a camp instructor at volleyball camps across the country, including Auburn University, the University of Florida, Florida State University and Purdue University.
Susan is married to Head UW Track and Field Coach Larry Judge.
Susan Judge's Head-Coaching Record