Stangle Named Wyoming Women's Volleyball Coach

Jan. 22, 2004


Pat Stangle, who has been the top assistant at the University of Washington for the past two years, has been named Wyoming's head women's volleyball coach, Athletics Director Gary Barta announced Thursday.

Stangle becomes the 11th head volleyball coach in Cowgirl history. He replaces Jim Barnes, who resigned in December to become the head coach at Baylor. He will begin his coaching duties on Jan. 26, 2004.

According to Barta, Stangle signed a three-year contract with a base salary of $78,000 with an option to renew at the end of the first two years of the contract. The contract also includes a buyout clause, Barta added.

"Pat is a great fit for the University of Wyoming," said Barta. "He is impressive in every aspect of coaching, not only as a recruiter and a teacher, but he understands what it takes to perform on both the highest academic and athletic level. He had everything wewere looking for in a head coach, and are very excited that Pat, his wife Melissa, and their children are joining the Wyoming family."

Stangle comes to Wyoming after two years at the University of Washington. As an assistant (2002-03) for Jim McLaughlin, he served as the team's recruiting coordinator and assisted in all administrative aspects of the program. During that time, the Huskies compiled a record of 43-20 overall and 19-17 in the PAC 10. This past season, they finished 23-9 overall and 10-8 in the conference, while advancing to the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament.

"There were a number of things that attracted us to Wyoming," Stangle said. "It was easy to see that there is a great passion in Wyoming for its athletic programs. There is an outstanding following for volleyball, and we want to build on that. There is tradition. It might have gotten away a little in recent years, but there has been outstanding success here. The Cowgirls are in a league that plays at a very high level. There are many conferences who are able to qualify just one team. The Mountain West qualifies several on an annual basis.

"There is great support for the program from the administration on down. The facilities make that very apparent. After spending time there, and talking with Gary and Barbara (Burke) it's obvious there is something special happening. For us to come, it had to be special because we had an outstanding situation at Washington.

"I'm also excited because I think it is a great fit for our family. Professionally and personally, this is the right move for us."

Prior to his tenure at Washington, Stangle spent five years as head women's volleyball coach at Seward County Community College (Liberal, Kansas), where he helped the Lady Saints to three straight appearances in the NJCAA national championships. Under Stangle's direction, Seward also won three straight NJCAA Region VI titles from 1999-2001 and two Jayhawk Conference championships.

In 2001, Stangle led the Saints to a 27-10 overall record and a seventh-place finish at the NJCAA championships. In his five-year tenure, Stangle posted an impressive record of 225-34 and earned both conference and district coach-of-the-year honors.

Prior to Seward, Stangle coached two seasons at Central College in McPherson, Kan., where his teams qualified twice for the regional tournament - a first in school history. His seven-year combined head coaching record currently stands at 294-72.

A 1988 graduate of Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, Stangle played middle blocker on the Cowboy volleyball team that participated in the 1986 NCAA Division I Midwest Regional Championships at Ohio State. Stangle owns a bachelor's and master's degree in business administration, the latter of which he received in 1993 from the University of Texas-San Antonio.

The Cowgirls return seven letterwinners, including all-conference player Sara Maytorena, to a team that went 15-16 overall and 4-10 in the Mountain West Conference.

Stangle and his wife, the former Melissa Peterson, have three children, Casey (9), Haley (6) and Doak (4).