Arizona State Hires Brad Saindon As New Volleyball Coach
Jan. 23, 2003
TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) - Arizona State University has hired USA Men's National Volleyball Team assistant coach Brad Saindon to become the head women's volleyball coach. Saindon will start his new post immediately and has said he will retain both assistant coaches from 2002, former Sun Devil All-Americans Terri Cox and Christine Garner.
Saindon, who graduated from Arizona State in 1976 with a bachelor's degree in business administration, becomes ASU's fifth volleyball coach in the program's tradition-rich 30-year history. He replaces Patti Snyder-Park, who retired after 14 seasons with a 216-181 record, and inherits a veteran team that was 15-12 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2002.
'It is great to have an alum lead one of our programs. Brad will bring international experiences and great teaching to the program. We are excited to have him.'
-- ASU Director of Athletics Gene Smith
'It is great to have an alum lead one of our programs,' said ASU Director of Athletics Gene Smith. 'Brad will bring international experiences and great teaching to the program. We are excited to have him'
Saindon comes to ASU after a two-year stint as an assistant coach with the USA Men's National Volleyball Team. Prior to his position with USA Volleyball, he served as head coach of the Australian Women's National and Olympic Volleyball Team for four years prior to joining the USA men's team.
'ASU is thrilled to hire one of its own to succeed Patti Snyder Park as head volleyball coach,' added ASU's Senior Associate Athletics Director Sandy Hatfield Clubb. 'Brad brings over 20 years of successful coaching experience at the collegiate, national and international levels. His tremendous coaching background coupled with his genuine passion for this university makes him the perfect choice to move ASU to Top-10 status.'
Under Saindon's direction the Australian women's national team climbed from a world ranking of No. 40 in May 1997 to a world ranking of No. 14 after placing 9th at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. He also served as an assistant coach for USA Volleyball from 1989-1990.
Saindon's resume also includes a tremendously successful coaching career in the college ranks. He was the architect for the women's volleyball program at the University of Colorado, starting the program from scratch in April 1986. Under his direction the Lady Buffs posted a 189-118 record from 1986-97, qualified for the NCAA volleyball tournament six times (1991-1996), were Big Eight Conference Champions in 1993, were runners-up in the Big Eight Conference five times, and captured two Big Eight Conference tournament titles (1992 and 1993). Saindon was named Big Eight Conference Coach of the Year three times (1988, 1992, and 1993).
Prior to his position with the University of Colorado, Saindon was the head volleyball coach at Regis College from 1984-86. He served as the assistant volleyball coach at the University of Oklahoma from 1980-84. A native of Colorado, Saindon graduated from Wheat Ridge High School in Wheat Ridge, Colo., in 1972. He went on to receive a bachelor's degree from ASU in 1976 and a master's degree in the scientific basis of sport from the University of Oklahoma in 1984.
He also has extensive experience in the sport of volleyball as both a player. Saindon played for the ASU volleyball club team from 1972-1976. He also played for elite club teams in the Rocky Mountain Region of the United States Volleyball Association (1977-1980 and 1985). He made the All Region Team each of those years and was named Most Valuable Player in the Rocky Mountain Region in 1977, 1978, 1980, and 1985. He played three years professionally in the International Volleyball Association, playing for the Denver Comets in 1978 and 1980 and the Orange County Stars in 1979.
He has coached at virtually every level of volleyball from grassroots development clubs, junior high and high school system, elite club level, collegiate, national, and international and Olympic level. Throughout his career Saindon has been involved with USA Volleyball coaching at and helping to run numerous camps and clinics administered by USA Volleyball.