Garry Joins WSU Volleyball as Assistant Coach

July 7, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Jody Paperno Garry has joined the Washington State University volleyball program as an assistant coach, Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan announced Wednesday.

Garry comes to WSU from Idaho State University, where she was an assistant coach for a Bengals squad that finished the 2003 season with 20 wins. She will be the primary recruiting coordinator for WSU and joins Cougar assistant coach Kevin Wray. Wray will assist with recruiting duties but will primarily be in charge of team training and scouting.

'Jody brings a great deal of energy to the program,' Heffernan said. 'I really like the experiences she's had at Idaho State with team building. Her skills are going to be a great compliment to the skills that Kevin and I have.'

Originally from Chatworth, Calif., Garry was an All-North Central Conference outside hitter at the University of North Dakota and left her mark on various Fighting Sioux's record charts during her 1992-95 playing years. The summer after completing her collegiate career, she served an internship with the USAV Women's Youth National Team in Colorado Springs.

Garry returned to North Dakota as a volunteer assistant coach for the volleyball program in the fall of 1996, graduating in December 1996 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology.

The summer following graduation, Garry played in the professional beach doubles Italy tour before joining the staff at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, Calif., where she served three seasons (1997 - 99) as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. During this stint in Northern California, she was also a club coach for the Lamorinda Volleyball Club, which qualified an 18s team for the Junior Olympics.

Garry moved to Southern California in 2000 to continue her beach doubles playing career in the California Beach Volleyball Association (AAA ranked player) and in the professional Beach Volleyball America tournaments. She also served as the top assistant at Golden West College (Huntington Beach, Calif.) and coached the 14 and under team of the Golden West Volleyball Club.

Named head coach at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo., at the start of 2001, she left the Grizzlies after one season to marry Kirby Garry, an assistant football coach at the University of South Dakota.

Garry became an assistant volleyball coach at South Dakota and helped lead the team to a 16-win season in 2002, the most wins in 20 years for the USD program.

In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, Garry coached in the USAV Intermountain Volleyball Association while at Pocatello.

Garry begins her WSU appointment Monday, July 12, 2004.

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