MORGANTOWN — School coaches with a resume like Jen Greeny’s are not often accessible to rent. Even rarer is for a coach like that to make a lateral transfer to a program that has had a lot much less success than their earlier cease.
And but Greeny, who had led Washington State volleyball to a few straight 20-win seasons and eight straight NCAA Event appearances, left her alma mater to turn into the fifth head volleyball coach in WVU historical past.
“We’re thrilled to be coming to West Virginia to have the ability to construct the volleyball program right into a nationwide powerhouse,” Greeny stated throughout a Zoom press convention Thursday, a day after she was introduced as WVU’s new head coach. “In school athletics, you’re blissful quite a lot of instances after which typically an important alternative comes alongside like this.”
At WVU, Greeny takes over a program that has only one NCAA Event look in its historical past and has gone 2-32 in Massive 12 play over the past two seasons. The Mountaineers have simply two 20-win seasons within the final 30 years.
It’s not dissimilar to the state of affairs she walked into at Washington State, the place she performed from 1995-98, when the Cougars have been 0-18 in convention play the season earlier than he was employed in 2011.
“It’s a course of,” Greeny stated. “It’s coaching and getting the correct gamers that buy-in and wish to be the change and work actually exhausting.”
Over the following 13 seasons, Greeny remodeled her alma mater right into a powerhouse with two NCAA Spherical of 16 appearances in 2018 and 2023. She was additionally a two-time Pac-12 Coach of the Yr.
“In 20 years it’s by far the perfect resume that I’ve ever been capable of rent,” WVU athletic director Wren Baker stated Thursday. “Coach Greeny may be very achieved. I made the remark to our committee that you simply at all times go into any search with a number of plans, A, B, C and D. Very not often does plan A piece, it’s often a stretch plan, however this one really did.”
When former WVU coach Reed Sunahara resigned final month, Greeny turned Baker and WVU’s high goal. Greeny was believed to be accessible due to the uncertainty of the way forward for the Pac-12 and Washington State’s place in convention realignment.
“The uncertainty in fact with (Washington State’s) convention and the Pac-12 not being there may be exhausting,” Greeny stated. “We additionally graduated quite a lot of seniors and we’ve an eighth-grade daughter, so sort of the proper time to discover a new problem.
“The largest factor for me is Wren Baker and the imaginative and prescient he has for West Virginia athletics and volleyball particularly. We love constructing applications, it’s thrilling, it’s a problem and the Massive 12 is an thrilling place to be.”
Greeny’s husband, Burdette Greeny, served as her affiliate head coach and recruiting coordinator at WSU and will probably be coming together with her to WVU. The pair has two daughters, Lauren and Leah. Lauren Greeny is a sophomore at Montana State and a member of the ladies’s golf staff whereas Leah will probably be getting into highschool subsequent yr.