Staff
Head Coach
Jen Greeny

Jen Greeny completed her seventh season as the head coach at WSU, highlighted by leading the Cougars back to the NCAA Championship tournament and guiding the Cougars to the second round of that tournament for the second consecutive year.

This year was one of success. During the summer of 2017, four Cougars added national and international playing experience as members of National Teams: McKenna Woodford played on the U.S. Collegiate National Team (CNT)-Thailand, Taylor Mims played on CNT-Europe team that won Gold at the Global Challenge, Casey Schoenlein played on the CNT-Minneapolis squad, and Jocelyn Urias played on Mexican National Team at the FIVB Grand Prix.

The 2017 season was one of challenges with a nonconference schedule that featured six matches against 2016 NCAA tournament teams as well as the usual tough meetings against nationally-ranked Pac-12 opponents. WSU finished with a nonconference record of 11-1, an overall record of 18-16, and was 6-14 in Pac-12 for ninth with a RPI of 38 (out of 334 teams) and a strength of schedule ranked 10th-hardest nationally.

Returning to the NCAA Championship tournament was more impressive when taking into account junior outside hitter starter McKenna Woodford was lost to injury for the final 18 matches of the season, starter senior opposite starter Casey Schoenlein was lost to injury for the final seven matches and freshman S/OH starter Penny Tusa was lost to injury for the final seven matches. WSU had wins over No. 13 UCLA, No. 25 Colorado and an NCAA First Round win over Florida State before dropping a match to national champion Nebraska on its home court in Lincoln.

Greeny has coached or played in eight of WSU’s 12 NCAA Championship tournament appearances.

Junior Taylor Mims embraced the position move from middle blocker to outside hitter and had the sixth-best offensive output (4.17 kills per set and 4.75 points per set) in the Pac-12, and her 599 points was 12th-best in the NCAA. Mims was accorded All-Pac-12 First Team honors as well as named to the All-America honorable mention teams for PrepVolleyball.com and VolleyballMag.com.

Great blocking was another key to the Cougars' success in 2017 as WSU was sixth-best nationally with 364.5 total blocks and 11th in team blocks per set at 2.89. Redshirt sophomore Jocelyn Urias and juniors Ella Lajos and Claire Martin provided the most stops at the net while sophomore libero Alexis Dirige became the 11th player in school history to reach 1,000 digs and did it in the fewest number of sets.

The Fall of 2016 was the most successful season for the WSU volleyball program since 2002. The Cougars tallied a 22-12 overall record and an 11-9 record for fifth place in the highly-competitive Pac-12 Conference after a preseason coaches’ poll predicted a ninth-place finish. Seeing her success throughout the season, Greeny’s fellow conference coaches voted her the 2016 Pac-12 Coach of the Year. WSU made history in 2016 with a trio of consecutive wins over AVCA Top 10 nationally-ranked teams in 10 days: at No. 4 Washington Sept. 21, at No. 9 UCLA Sept. 23 and versus No. 9 Stanford Sept. 30.

The Cougars earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship tournament for the first time in seven years and won a First Round match for the first time in 14 seasons. This season’s 22 wins is tied for fifth-most in WSU volleyball program history and under Greeny’s leadership, WSU has produced the best three season win-totals in the last 14 years with 18 wins in 2013, 16 wins in 2015 and 22 wins in 2016. Greeny’s WSU teams have posted a 62-11 non-conference record during her six years as head coach. The Cougars compete in the country’s strongest volleyball conference, the Pac-12, where for the last 17 consecutive seasons the conference has had six or more teams advance to the NCAA Championship tournament including the record of 10 teams in 2014.

Senior outside hitter Kyra Holt, an All-Pacific North Region and two-time All-Pac-12 selection, was a versatile all-round player leading the team on and off the court. Holt, the fifth player in WSU history to reach 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career, claimed school records in points (2,051) and attack attempts (5,074), and is in WSU’s career top 10 lists in kills (1,777 - 2nd), kills per set (3.74 - 5th), aces (123 - 5th), and digs (1,172 - 7th). During the 2016 season Holt was the espnW National Player of the Week for Sept. 19-25, 2016 as well as Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and earned a trio of nonconference all-tournament honors.

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Associate Head Coach
Burdette Greeny

WSU Associate Head Coach Burdette Greeny brings a driven competitive nature and a dynamic intensity as both a coach and the lead recruiter to the Cougars volleyball program.

Greeny just completed his seventh season with the Cougars and was instrumental in WSU's back-to-back NCAA Championships tournament Second Round appearances. He joined the Cougar volleyball program in March 2011 as an assistant coach and was promoted to Associate Head Coach in February 2017.

The 2016 season was filled with milestones. WSU ended the season ranked No. 24 in the Final AVCA Coaches Poll with a 22-12 overall record: the most wins in a season since 2002, and tied for fifth-best all-time wins in Cougars history. WSU’s 11-9 Pac-12 record, tied for fifth place in the highly competitive conference, was the most conference wins for the Cougars since 2002. The Cougars received an at-large bid to the 2016 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship Tournament for the 11th time in school history and advanced to the second round for the first time since 2002.

Receiving the 2017 NCAA at-large bid and advancing again to the Second Round was more impressive when taking into account junior starter at outside hitter McKenna Woodford was lost to injury for the final 18 matches, and starters senior Casey Schoenlein (opposite) and freshman Penny Tusa (setter/outside hitter) were both lost to injury for the final seven matches of the season. Junior Taylor Mims moved from middle blocker to outside hitter and earned All-Pac-12 First Team honors in addition to a second year of being selected to the PrepVolleyball.com and VolleyballMag.com All-America Honorable Mention teams.

The 2016 and 2017 advancement to the NCAA Second Round are the most successful back-to-back NCAA results for a Cougars volleyball team since the 1996 and 1997 seasons, when Head Coach Jen Greeny was a player.

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Assistant Coach
Shannon Hunt

Shannon Wyckoff Hunt has made significant contributions to the success of the WSU volleyball program through her ability to hone the skills and techniques of the Cougars defense as well as her keen analysis of the nationally-ranked opponents.

Hunt joined the Cougar volleyball program as a volunteer coach in August 2011 and was promoted to assistant coach in the spring of 2013. She was instrumental in rebuilding the WSU program back into an NCAA Tournament team as it was when she was a student-athlete. The 2016 and 2017 advancement to the NCAA Second Round are the most successful back-to-back NCAA results for a Cougars volleyball team since the 1996 and 1997 seasons, when Head Coach Jen Greeny and Hunt were players.

The 2016 season was filled with milestones. WSU ended the season ranked No. 24 in the Final AVCA Coaches Poll with a 22-12 overall record: the most wins in a season since 2002, and tied for fifth-best all-time wins in Cougars history. WSU’s 11-9 Pac-12 record, tied for fifth place in the highly competitive conference, was the most conference wins for the Cougars since 2002. The Cougars received an at-large bid to the 2016 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship Tournament for the 11th time in school history and advanced to the second round for the first time since 2002.

Receiving the 2017 NCAA at-large bid and advancing again to the Second Round was more impressive when taking into account junior starter at outside hitter McKenna Woodford was lost to injury for the final 18 matches, and starters senior Casey Schoenlein (opposite) and freshman Penny Tusa (setter/outside hitter) were both lost to injury for the final seven matches of the season. Junior Taylor Mims moved from middle blocker to outside hitter and earned All-Pac-12 First Team honors in addition to a second year of being selected to the PrepVolleyball.com and VolleyballMag.com All-America Honorable Mention teams.

Under Hunt’s guidance, libero Kate Sommer, the first WSU recruit by the Greeny staff, claimed the school digs record with 1,954 digs in her four-year career. Sommer’s season totals of 521 digs (2014), 495 digs (2013), 479 digs (2015), and 459 digs (2012) rank fourth, sixth, seventh and ninth-best in WSU’s single season school records. Stepping into the libero spot in the 2016 season was freshman Alexis Dirige, whose 3.83 digs per set was seventh-best in Pac-12 and tallying 486 digs for the season, seventh-best in WSU all-time single season records. Dirige did not suffer a sophomore slump in 2017, setting the WSU single-season record of 569 digs, and averaged 4.52 digs per set which was third-best in the Pac-12. Dirige had a 36-digs match which is the school record for most digs in a four-set match and tallied 37 digs in 3-2 win over No. 13 UCLA which is the second-highest digs total in a match in school history and second-highest for digs in a five-set match.

In 2016, the Cougars kept opponents hitting an average of .168 which was the lowest percentage in the Pac-12 Conference, 26th-best in the NCAA in 2016 and fourth-best in WSU all-time. This statistic is the best in the past 18 seasons: back to when Hunt and the Cougars were holding opponents to a .156 hitting percentage in 1997.

Hunt was an outstanding student and athlete at WSU from 1994 through 1997, and a teammate of Greeny. During Hunt’s collegiate career the Cougars volleyball team played all four years in the NCAA Championship Tournament and advanced to the Elite Eight once and to the Sweet Sixteen once.

She was the first Washington State player to reach 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career. Her 1,254 career digs was the WSU all-time list leader from 1997 until 2008 and is currently second-best all-time. Hunt tallied 1,051 career kills which was fifth-best at the time and now ranks ninth-highest in school history. In addition, her career 83 service aces total is ranked 11th-best at WSU.

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Operations Coordinator
KAYSIE SHEBENECK

Kaysie Shebeneck joined the Washington State volleyball program in May 2017. As operations coordinator, Shebeneck arranges all the team travel and meals, administers the video analysis and scouting service, and coordinates the student-athletes in promotional and community activities. Her duties also include managing the Little Spikers youth clinics and the summer camps.

A native of Racine, Wis., Shebeneck was a two-time Wisconsin Gatorade Prep Volleyball Player of the Year. She led the Burlington High School Demons volleyball team to back-to-back state championship titles (2011 and 2012) after a pair of top five placings. She was a two-time all-state tournament selection, tournament MVP and a two-time all-state first team selection by the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association. Shebeneck was the 2012 All-Area Co-Player of the Year. She was selected to PrepVolleyball.com’s top players by class all four years, an All-American in 2011 and 2012, was named 2011 PrepVolleyball.com’s National Junior of the Year finalist as well as a finalist for the 2012 Andi Collins Award which recognizes the best senior setter in the nation. She was a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Association scholar-athlete 2013 finalist.

Shebeneck played for the Milwaukee Sting Club team for eight years, leading her team to four top-five finishes at the national championships. She earned AAU All-American honors after her club was runners-up in the 17 Open Division at the 2012 AAU Girls Junior National Volleyball Championship.

Kaysie was a setter for the Texas A&M volleyball team where the Aggies tallied four NCAA Championship Tournament bids and won the SEC Conference title in 2015. She earned SEC Academic Honor Roll honors four times and was the team’s Most Inspirational Player in 2014. She graduated in May 2017 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Spanish and International Studies with a minor in Communication.

She has five years of experience as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in Wisconsin, Texas and Chile. Shebeneck was a coach with the Aggie Elite Volleyball Club and coached at the Texas A&M Volleyball Summer Camps.

Shebeneck also coaches the Washington State Men's Club Volleyball Team, and tutors WSU student-athletes. She is currently in her second-year of coaching for Club ZZU Volleyball as well.