Former Wyoming Head Volleyball Coach Passes Away

Nov. 21, 2000


Former University of Wyoming HeadVolleyball Coach Mike English died on Monday, Nov. 20, in Lakewood,Colo., he was 48 years old. He was a resident in the Long-Term SupportedLiving Program at Learning Services in Lakewood.

Arrangements for a memorial service for English will be announced earlynext week.

He was hired as head volleyball coach at the University of Wyoming onJan. 10, 1986. No one could have predicted the immediate andlong-lasting impact English would have on Cowgirl volleyball. Hisseven-year career speaks for itself. He guided the Cowgirls to Wyoming'sfirst-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in his first season (1986). Hewould later lead Wyoming to two more NCAA appearances in 1989 and '90.In the 1989 NCAA Tournament, Wyoming emerged as the "Cinderella" of thechampionship, defeating heavily-favored Stanford and earning its way tothe Elite Eight before falling to UCLA on the Bruins' homecourt in theWest Regional Final.

English has won more matches (124) and posted a higher winningpercentage (59.0 percent) than any coach in UW volleyball history. Heended his career with a 124-86 record at Wyoming and a 253-161 (.611)career record, including six years (1980-85) at the University ofMissouri. English earned High Country Athletic Conference Coach of theYear honors in 1987 and 1989 and was named West Region Co-Coach of theYear in '89.

On Dec. 12, 1993, the University of Wyoming, the Laramie community andthe college volleyball world were shocked to hear that English had beenseriously injured in an auto accident between Laramie and Fort Collins,Colo. He suffered a traumatic brain injury in the crash, which left him100 percent disabled.

On Aug. 16, 1995, Nancy English and the University of Wyoming AthleticsDepartment announced the establishment of the Mike English Women'sVolleyball Scholarship at the University of Wyoming. The scholarshiphonors English who coached the Cowgirl volleyball team from 1986 to1993.

The scholarship is awarded annually to the University of Wyomingwomen's volleyball senior with the highest cumulative grade-pointaverage. Recipients of the scholarship must already be athleticscholarship student-athletes at UW as generally defined by theregulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

English is survived by his wife Nancy.