In her 18th year directing the WWU volleyball program, Diane Flick-Williams is the most successful coach in program history, both in terms of wins, averaging better than 21 wins per season, and percentage (.788, 367-99).
Flick has guided the Vikings to 12 seasons of 20 or more victories, 11 post-season appearances, and 7 Great Northwest Athletic Conference championships, receiving GNAC Coach of the Year honors 8 times. The Vikings are on a current run of five consecutive trips to the NCAA II Tournament, including a Final Four appearance in 2015. Over the last five years, WWU is 118-29 (.803) with five consecutive 20-win seasons, advancing to the NCAA II West Regional Final in 2015 and 2016.
Entering the 2016 season, Flick ranked 13th among active NCAA Division II volleyball coaches in winning percentage at 78.9 and 34th in victories.
In 2015, Flick-Williams guided a very young team to an NCAA II West Regional Champoinship and the second appearance in the NCAA II Elite 8 in program history. WWU beat Rockhurst in the opening round of the national championships, falling to eventual national champion Wheeling Jesuit in the national semifinal.
In 2007, Flick-Williams led the Vikings to the title match of the NCAA II National Tournament, being named American Volleyball Coaches Association West Region Coach of the Year for the second time. The 26-5 Vikings were ranked a school-best No.2 in the final AVCA poll, reaching the Elite Eight and winning the West Regional, both for the only time in school history.
Under Flick, WWU had a 57-match league winning streak from 2000-04, at the time the fourth longest conference string in NCAA II history. In 2003, WWU posted the best record in school history, finishing 24-2 (92.3), and reaching the West Regional semifinals.
Flick-Williams directed the Vikings to the first three league titles in school history from 2001 to 2003, going unbeaten in league play each of those years. WWU had a school-record 24-match winning streak in 2003.
Flick-Williams played collegiately at the University of Washington, where she was a four-year letter winner and was team MVP her junior and senior years. She ranked third in UW history in career assists with 2,624 despite spending nearly half of her time as an outside hitter.
She earned a bachelor's degree in speech communications in 1993, and in 1996 became an assistant coach for the Huskies, spending four seasons in that position and being a part of the UW's national tournament appearances in 1996 and 1997. She also co-founded and coached a junior club program that won two 18-year old regional championships in its first three years of existence.
Flick was a three-sport letter winner at Mountain View High School in Vancouver and was the first inductee into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame. She was an all-State selection and Greater St. Helens League Player of the Year in volleyball as a senior.
She was inducted into the USA Volleyball Puget Sound Region Hall of Fame in 2011 and completed a master's degree in coaching and sports administration from Concordia-Irvine in 2014. Married to Laurrah Williams and they have daughter Chayse Mingah.
Diane Flick's milestone victories
Aug. 30, 2000
vs. Sonoma State (3-1)
Sept. 2, 2000
vs. UC Santa Cruz (3-1)
Sept. 21, 2000
at Western Oregon (3-2)
Aug. 25, 2001
vs. Mesa State (3-1)
Aug. 30, 2002
vs. UC San Diego (3-2)
Sept. 10, 2004
vs. Northwest Nazarene (3-1)
Nov. 3, 2007
at Northwest Nazarene (3-1)
Sept. 12, 2010
at Central Washington (3-2)
Nov. 1, 2012
vs. Alaska Anchorage (3-0)
Sept. 9, 2014
vs. Hawaii-Pacific (3-1)
Sept. 24, 2016
vs. Alaska Fairbanks (3-0)
Vikings Dominate All-GNAC Volleyball Team
Abby Phelps named GNAC Player of the Year to lead five WWU selections to All-GNAC team
Vikings Announced as No. 2 Seed in NCAA II Championships West Regional
WWU will take 18-match winning streak up against GNAC rival Alaska Anchorage in the first round on Nov. 30
Phelps and Hall Sweep GNAC Volleyball Awards
Abby Phelps named GNAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week and Michaela Hall earns defensive award
Winning Streak Reaches 18 Straight for the Vikings
WWU ends regular season with 3-0 sweep over Central Washington on Senior Night
Vikings Clinch GNAC Championship with Sweep over NNU
Vikings clinch eighth GNAC title with 25-22, 25-21, 25-19 victory over No. 13 Northwest Nazarene
No. 5 Volleyball Eyes GNAC Title With Key Home Matches
Vikings take 16-match winning streak into home tilts vs. NNU and CWU
WWU Volleyball Moves into National Top 5
Vikings jump three spots to No. 5 in AVCA Division II top 25 with current 16-match winning streak
Phelps and Buckner Sweep GNAC Weekly Awards
Abby Phelps named GNAC Offensive Player of the Week and Aubrey Buckner earned defensive award
Volleyball Extends Winning Streak to 16 Straight With 3-0 Win at SMU
Vikings defeat Saint Martin's to win 16th straight match to set up big finish to regular season
Six Vikings Named to GNAC Academic Team
Kristina Tribley named to team for third consecutive year. Abby Phelps and Michaela Hall are repeat selections
No.8 Vikings Go The Distance To Extend Winning Streak
Vikings win 15th straight match in thrilling 3-2 victory at Seattle Pacific
No. 8 Vikings Hit the Road at SPU and Saint Martin's
Vikings take 14-match winning streak into final four matches of the regular season
Joellee Buckner Earns Third GNAC Weekly Honor
Senior named GNAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week along with Madi Farrell of NNU
No. 8 Vikings Sweep Alaska For 14th Straight Win
Vikings remain in first place in the GNAC with four regular-season matches remaining
Abby Phelps Joins Exclusive 1,000-Kill Club
WWU junior outside hitter is just the fourth player in program history with 1,000 kills and digs in a career