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)
No. 8 Vikings Dominate Road Match at Simon Fraser
Vikings out-block SFU 16-1 in dominating 25-9, 25-19, 25-16 road victory
No. 8 Vikings Return to Road in GNAC Action
WWU takes 15-3 record into road contests at Simon Fraser and Montana State Billings
No. 11 Vikings Continue Winning Ways with Sweep of SPU
Vikings win eighth consecutive match to finish first half of GNAC play with 9-1 record to tie for 1st place
Volleyball Sweeps Saint Martin's to Extend Winning Streak
WWU wins seventh straight to improve to 14-3 overall and move into tie for 1st place in GNAC with 8-1 league mark
No. 11 Volleyball Returns Home To Host SMU and SPU
Vikings take six-match winning streak into pair of GNAC matches at Carver Gym
Joellee Buckner Named GNAC Player of the Week
Buckner recorded pair of double-doubles in sweep of Alaskan school
No. 11 Vikings Beat Rival Alaska Anchorage in Four Sets
Vikings match program record with 21 total blocks while recording sixth consecutive victory
No. 11 Volleyball Sweeps Alaska to Win Fifth Straight
Joellee Buckner records eighth double-double of the season with 13 kills and 20 digs
No. 11 Volleyball Travels North For Alaskan Road Trip
Vikings have won four straight matches and are 11-3 overall, 5-1 in GNAC play
No. 10 Vikings Sweep Western Oregon
Abby Phelps leads Vikings with 12th double-double of the season
No. 10 Volleyball Sweeps Concordia in GNAC Play
Joellee Buckner and Abby Phelps lead balanced attack with double-doubles
10th-Ranked Volleyball Hosts Concordia and Western Oregon
Vikings are 9-3 on the season and 3-1 in GNAC play
No. 13 Volleyball Sweeps Montana State Billings
Abby Phelps, Michaela Hall and Joellee Buckner all record 11 kills in the victory
No. 13 Vikings Open New Carver With 3-1 Win over Simon Fraser
Vikings feed off energy of crowd of 1,289 in return to campus on WECU Court
Volleyball Opens New Carver Gym on Tuesday
Vikings host Simon Fraser at 7 pm in first official competition on WECU Court at Carver Gym