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Bemidji State named Chadwick head volleyball coach

Bemidji State University Director of Athletics Dr. Rick Goeb today announced the hiring of Wayne Chadwick as BSU's head volleyball coach and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SACC) and NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills program advisor. Chadwick becomes the 13th head coach in the 40-year history of the program.

"Wayne brings a lot of experience from both small school, in a Division III, setting and a larger volleyball program in a Division I environment," Goeb said. "These experiences have introduced him to many talented student-athletes and opened many doors for opportunities with recruiting. Wayne has a proven record of coaching success and the skills to lead SACC and NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills program."

Chadwick joins the Bemidji State athletic family after a three-year stint as the assistant coach at NCAA Division I University of Tulsa. During his time with the Golden Hurricane, the squad posted a 75-27 overall and a 32-16 mark in Conference USA play. He helped guide the 2007 team to a conference tournament championship and its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. His responsibilities at UT included coaching middle hitters for attack and defense, skill development, analyzing opponents for match preparation and recruiting.

"I appreciate Rick Goeb, the selection committee and athletic administration for the fantastic opportunity they have given me," Chadwick said. "I have a long-term goal of bringing this program to the top-half of the conference."

During his three years at UT, the squad produced four All-America student-athletes, an all-region freshman of the year, a conference player, setter and freshman of the year and 11 all-conference performers.

Before joining the University of Tulsa coaching staff, Chadwick served as the head coach at NCAA Division III Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind. for four years. He was instrumental in turning around the Spartan volleyball program, increasing the team's win total in each season he was at the helm, while elevating the team's winning percentage by 300 points from when he inherited the program. Chadwick is currently second on the school's all-time wins and winning percentage lists. Under his tutelage at Manchester College he tripled the number of recruited student-athletes and guided four all-conference selections.

Bringing almost 30 years of volleyball experience both as a player and a coach to Bemidji State, Chadwick will now try his hand at the Division II level.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to coach the Bemidji State volleyball program and to be competitive in the top conference in Division II," Chadwick said. "The biggest role of any coaching job is to ensure student-athletes mature and to prepare them for life after graduation. I want this program to be successful on and off the court."

Previous to his experiences at the collegiate ranks, Chadwick coached at the high school and club level in Ohio and Illinois. He guided the Sports Performance Volleyball Club from 1994-2002, twice leading a team to a medal at national championship tournaments, earning bronze medals at the USA Volleyball Junior Olympics and the AAU Nationals. He served also as a high school head coach in Illinois from 1993-2002, coaching two all-state players. During his time in the volleyball world, Chadwick has been involved in camps, served on various committees, presented at conventions, worked as a USA Volleyball regional referee and volunteered with local community initiatives.

Chadwick received his bachelor's degree from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1988. He earned his secondary education teaching certificate in 1996 from North Central College in Naperville, Ill. He played on the men's volleyball team at UW-Whitewater, while continuing his playing career for the USA Volleyball Club, participating in four club championships, which included a silver medal in 2000. Chadwick and his wife, Maryhelen, have three children, Maura, Aidan and John.

BSU's head coaching position became available after Laurie Bitter was reassigned in January. Bitter guided the Beavers for three seasons, posting a 28-61 overall and 17-41 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference record. The 2009 Beavers (11-20, 8-12 NSIC) finished with 11 wins, which is the most by a BSU squad since 2003. BSU finished 8-12 in NSIC play, good for ninth in a league that sent five teams to the NCAA tournament and crowned its third consecutive national champion. Chadwick can expect a core group of returning players in 2010, including junior Nicole Olson (Baudette, Minn.) who earned All-NSIC Honorable Selection honors last season, establishing career-highs in kills and blocks.