Washington Names Pat Stangle Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach

Dec. 21, 2001

SEATTLE - Pat Stangle, head volleyball coach at Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kan., has been named an assistant volleyball coach at the University of Washington. Stangle replaces Rick McLaughlin, who decided to pursue interests outside of coaching.

'First of all, I want to thank Rick for coming in immediately and helping ease the transition,' said UW head coach Jim McLaughlin, who was hired in August.

'I've know Pat for a long time and have been impressed with him in many areas,' Jim McLaughlin said. 'He understands the systems I want to put into place here and is very well organized. Plus, he's a Washington native and is familiar with the area.'

Stangle, a native of Spokane, Wash., will serve as the team's recruiting coordinator and will work to develop the team's offensive attack. He also will assist Jim McLaughlin in all administrative aspects of the program.

'Pat brings a lot of strengths to this staff,' Jim McLaughlin said. 'He has a great approach to the game, is intelligent and understands the hours we need to put in on a daily basis. He is an especially good fit for our coaching staff, as we continue to move forward and improve this program.'

Stangle spent the past five years as head women's volleyball coach at Seward County Community College, 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.

'Coming to Washington is a fantastic opportunity both for myself and my family,' Stangle said. 'I've had the chance to work with Jim in the past, and to have that opportunity again - I just can't ask for anything more.'

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 his tenure at 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.

Stangle and his wife, the former Melissa Peterson, have three children, Casey (7), Haley (4) and Doak (1). He will start his duties at the UW in the first week of January 2002.

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