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. 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
Volleyball Falls to Undefeated Northwest Nazarene
WWU drops tough GNAC match-up to Crusaders in four sets (25-21, 21-25, 20-25, 17-25)
Volleyball Set to Debut at New Carver Gym on Tuesday
Tuesday GNAC match vs. Simon Fraser will be first event on WECU Court at Carver Gym
No. 10 Volleyball Opens GNAC Play With Win over Central
Vikings win fourth straight match to improve to 7-2 overall and 1-0 in GNAC play
10th-Ranked Volleyball Opens GNAC Play on the Road
Vikings travel to play rival Central Washington and undefeated Northwest Nazarene to open GNAC play
Phelps and Buckner Named to West Region Showcase All-Tournament
WWU duo helps nationally-ranked Vikings to a 3-1 records in the 'A' pod of the West Region Showcase
Joslyn Bopray Named GNAC Defensive Player of the Week
Bopray helped lead strong WWU defensive front at West Region Showcase in Alaska
No. 10 Vikings Sweep Chico State in West Region Showcase
Joellee Buckner records double-double with 14 kills and 20 digs
Vikings Cap Perfect Day with 3-1 Win over Concordia-Irvine
Abby Phelps and Arielle Turner lead the way for Vikings with double-doubles
No. 10 Vikings Rally Past No. 11 San Bernardino in Five Sets
Vikings record 17.0 total blocks in 25-19, 20-25, 20-25, 25-15, 15-12 victory
Volleyball Falls in Straight Sets to #24 California Baptist
Vikings fall to 3-2 on the season with loss to open D2 West Region Showcase
No. 10 Volleyball Heads to D2 West Region Showcase
The Vikings will take on three ranked opponents in their four matches in Anchorage
Vikings Outlast Florida Southern in Five-Set Victory
Michaela Hall records career-high 19 kills as Vikings cap Florida trip with 3-1 record
Volleyball Spikes New Haven in Four Sets
Vikings improve to 2-1 on season behind double-doubles from Joellee Buckner, Abby Phelps and Brette Boesel