Pat Stangle, who had been the top assistant at the University of Washington for two years, enters his fourth season as the head volleyball coach at the University of Wyoming. He was named head coach on Jan. 22, 2004 and became the 11th head volleyball coach in Cowgirl history.
He recorded his first Division I career coaching victory on Sept. 2, 2004 as Wyoming defeated Idaho State, 3-2. His first conference win came on Sept. 24, 2004 against New Mexico.
In his first season, he guided the Cowgirls to a 13-14 overall record and a fifth place finish in the MWC with a 6-8 mark, while outside hitter Rachel Smith garnered Co-Freshman Player of the Year honors. On Oct. 15, 2004, the Cowgirls defeated the BYU Cougars, in Laramie, 3-1. It was the first time since Nov. 17, 1989 when both teams were members of the High Country Athletic Conference and only the fourth time in the series history. Wyoming also won a home and away conference series for the first time since becoming members of the MWC as they swept Air Force and New Mexico, and at the time their six conference victories were the most since the beginning of Mountain West Conference play.
In 2005, he led the Cowgirls to a 12-16 overall record and a 7-9 mark in the Mountain West Conference for a sixth place finish in the league. The seven conference victories were the most since becoming members of the MWC. He also earned his 25th win as a Division I Coach as the Cowgirls defeated the New Mexico Lobos, 3-0, on Nov. 19, 2005 in Laramie.
During the 2006 campaign, Wyoming finished with an overall record of 13-15 and 7-9 in the MWC which placed them fifth in the league. The Cowgirls tied the most wins in a conference season with seven, which they also did in 2005. They also swept the season series against Air Force and New Mexico during conference play.
Stangle came 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 with the offense as well as 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. In 2003, they finished 23-9 overall and 10-8 in the conference, while advancing to the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament.
"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 several people including 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. He coached 18 NJCAA All-Region Players and six NJCAA All-Americans during that time. 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 eight-year combined head coaching record currently stands at 307-86.
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.
Stangle and his wife, the former Melissa Peterson, have three children, Casey (13), Haley (10) and Doak (7).