Bill Neville Announces His Retirement After 10 Years As Washington Head Volleyball Coach

July 17, 2001

SEATTLE - University of Washington women's volleyball coach Bill Neville will retire, effective immediately, after 10 seasons as a Husky, UW athletic director Barbara Hedges announced today. Neville, the sixth head volleyball coach in school history, compiled a 126-136 record at the UW. A national search will be conducted immediately for Neville's successor.

'It has been a great honor and source of joy to have coached at the University of Washington, be a part of the terrific staff in the athletic department, and coach the outstanding student-athletes,' Neville said. 'However, I believe it is in the best interests of my family, the volleyball program, and myself, that I move on to new challenges. I very much appreciate the opportunities I have had.'

One of the pioneer coaches in the sport of volleyball, Neville came to Washington during mid-season in 1991 and took the Huskies to three NCAA tournament appearances (1994, 1996, 1997), including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 1997. At UW, Neville's efforts produced two All-America, eight All-Pac-10, and 10 Pac-10 All-Academic selections. Neville also was named the 1996 Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Huskies to a 23-8 overall record, the program's best season in nearly a decade.

'For the past 10 years, Bill Neville has been a terrific member of the Husky family,' Hedges said. 'We appreciate his effort and commitment in developing our volleyball program, and wish him well in his future endeavors.'

Prior to his 10-year stint at Washington, Neville was the first full-time volleyball coach at Montana State, where he led the Bobcats to a 137-115 record in seven seasons from 1977-1980 and from 1984-1986.

In 1981, the Seattle native took a leave of absence from Montana State to serve as an assistant coach with the USA Men's National Team, helping the squad, which included such volleyball greats as Karch Kiraly and Steve Timmons, to a gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Neville also was an assistant for the USA men's team at the 1968 Olympics and served as the head coach of the Canadian Men's National Team for the 1976 Olympics Games in Montreal.

Year Record School Finish -- Conference
1991 7-8 Washington 7th -- Pacific-10
1992 14-11 Washington 6th -- Pacific-10
1993 8-21 Washington 9th -- Pacific-10
1994 16-13 Washington 6th -- Pacific-10
1995 13-13 Washington 6th -- Pacific-10
1996 23-8 Washington 3rd -- Pacific-10
1997 20-10 Washington 2nd -- Pacific-10
1998 9-15 Washington 7th -- Pacific-10
1999 8-18 Washington 8th -- Pacific-10
2000 8-19 Washington t9th -- Pacific-10
UW Record -- 126-136 (.481), 10 years

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