Vikings need wins to stay in thick conference title chase
In her 15th year directing the WWU volleyball program, Diane Flick is the winningest coach in program history, averaging 21.1 victories per season and begins 2014 just four victories shy of 300.
WWU is 296-78 under Flick, a .791 winning percentage that is the best in school history and ranks 10th nationally among NCAA Division II active coaches.
In 2013, Flick received Great Northwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors for the eighth time, directing the Vikings to 20 or more victories for the ninth time (23-4), the GNAC title for the seventh time, and the post-season for the eighth time, reaching the West Regional first round.
In 2007, Flick guided WWU to the championship 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, the fourth longest conference string in NCAA II history, from 2000 to 2004. In 2003, WWU posted the best record in school history, finishing 24-2 (92.3), and reached the West Regional semifinals.
Flick 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 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.
Flick 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.
The 42-year old 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.
Flick 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. She is married to Laurrah Williams and they have a daughter Chayse Mingah 8.
In 15th year as head coach ... Overall record is 296-78, a winning percentage of 79.1 ... Ranks 10th nationally among NCAA Division II active coaches with highest victory percentage in school history and has most victories in program history ... In 2013, received Great Northwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors for eighth time, directing Vikings to 20 or victories for ninth time (23-4), GNAC title for seventh time, and post-season for eighth time ... In 2007, guided WWU to championship match of 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 Top 25 Poll, winning the regional title and reaching the Elite Eight, both for only time in school history ... Directed WWU to 24-2 record in 2003, 92.3 winning percentage being best in WWU history ... GNAC Coach of the Year in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013 ... WWU had a 57-match GNAC winning streak, fourth longest conference string in NCAA II history, from 2000 to 2004 ... Assistant coach at University of Washington for four seasons under Bill Neville, who coached national teams for USA and Canada ... During tenure, Huskies reached NCAA I national tournament in 1996 and 1997 (Sweet 16), first back-to-back national appearances for Washington since 1988-89 ... Graduated from Washington in 1993 with degree in speech communications ... Lettered four years as setter for Huskies, being team captain and earning MVP honors as junior and senior ... Ranked third among school career leaders in assists with 2,624 and fourth in digs with 893 ... Graduate of Mountain View High School in Vancouver ... First inductee into school's Athletic Hall of Fame ... All-State selection and Greater St. Helens League Player of the Year as senior and helped Thunder place fifth at state tournament as junior ... Three-sport letter winner ... 42 years old ... 2011 inductee into USA Volleyball Puget Sound Region Hall of Fame ... Completed master's degree in coaching and sports administration from Concordia-Irvine in 2014.... Married to Laurrah Williams and they have daughter Chayse Mingah 8.