University officials hired former Missouri State University assistant coach Jeannette Waldo to lead Tech’s volleyball team.
Waldo, who also served as the recruiting coordinator for the Bears, succeeds Tech coach Dave Zelenock who resigned after five years with the Golden Eagles.
In the past two seasons, the Golden Eagles finished with records of 7-22 and 4-24.
The new Tech volleyball coaching staff includes assistant coaches Peter Green and Zach Wienburg.
Green is beginning his 18th year in coaching. He is the former associate coach at Eastern Illinois University, another Ohio Valley Conference team. Green is responsible for game analyzation and training, Waldo said.
Wienburg also is responsible for coordinating recruitment. His recruiting class in 2017 at University of Nevada-Las Vegas earned an honorable mention by PrepVolleyball, a website covering high school and college teams nationwide. The Runnin’ Rebels finished the 2017 season with 24-8 record and ranked 33 nationally, Waldo said.
Waldo helped coach the Bears to their first undefeated season in conference play in 2017. She previously served as an assistant coach at Green Bay in Wisconsin for three years. During her tenure there, the team improved from a 5-21 record in 2014 and to 21-9 by 2016.
Waldo said accepting the position at Tech was an “easy” decision because she felt welcomed and can see the volleyball program’s potential.
Although the 2018 season begins as a rebuilding year, Waldo said she is excited about the opportunity to teach a new group of athletes.
“They are excited to learn things they haven't heard taught this way before. Volleyball is not a complicated game, you teach it a little differently depending on where you are and what you want to accomplish,” she said.
“So what we are doing now is a little different than what they have done in the past and I think that's exciting because in the past they haven't had the results they are looking for,” Waldo said.
Waldo earns a salary of $66,260 per year.