Volleyball Names Mike Wall Assistant Coach
March 2, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State University Head Volleyball coach Brad Saindon has announced the addition of Mike Wall to his staff for the 2006 season. Wall comes to ASU from the University of Utah, where he served as an assistant coach for the Lady Utes, helping them to the Mountain West Conference Tournament championship and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season.
'I'm thrilled to be joining the Sun Devils,' said Wall. 'I see a lot of potential on this team. We have a great nucleus of young talent, and we believe we are on the cusp of something really special here.'
Prior to joining the staff at Utah, Wall was an assistant at St. Mary's in 2004. The Gaels enjoyed their best season in school history with Wall on their staff, finishing the season at 24-4 and ranked #10. They earned a spot in the Sweet 16 of that year's NCAA Tournament, and went 4-1 against Pac-10 schools, including two wins over eventual National Champion Stanford. He also served as an assistant coach for the UC-San Diego men's program for two seasons.
Wall played collegiate volleyball at BYU, helping lead the Cougars to two National Championships. He earned First-Team All-American honors in 2001, and was the name the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament after a three-game sweep of UCLA in the championship game. Wall also earned First Team All-American honors in 2002, and still holds eight BYU records. He went to play volleyball internationally, including two stints with the US National Team before returning to the US to become a coach.
'This is a tremendous hire for our program,' said Head Coach Brad Saindon. 'Mike Wall brings a wealth of experience, volleyball knowledge and championship pedigree to Arizona State University. He has had success both as a player and as a coach, and he will be instrumental in us reaching our goals here at ASU.'