BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Western Washington University head volleyball coach Diane Flick-Williams has announced that former player and team captain Bryce Larson will remain with the program as an assistant coach.
Larson, a four-year letterwinner for the Vikings from 2013-16 and team captain during her senior year, will assist Flick-Williams and longtime assistant coach James Suh with all facets of the program. With her defensive background, she will also help mentor the liberos and defensive specialists.
“Having an alum fill the role as an assistant coach is nothing but a win-win situation,” said Flick-Williams, who enters her 18th season leading the program. “This is a seamless transition for Bryce, where we don’t have to teach culture or systems because she was part of building them. We are excited to keep Bryce in the program, as she was a great leader and teammate during her playing career.”
Larson (Mukilteo, WA/Kamiak) appeared in 103 matches over her WWU career as a defensive specialist and libero, ending her career with 939 digs, 14th-most on program history. During her five years in the program (redshirted in 2012), the Vikings combined to go 118-29 (.803) with a pair of GNAC Championships and five trips to the NCAA Tournament. She was a three-time All-GNAC Academic selection and graduated from WWU in June with a degree in business management.
“I am extremely excited and honored to continue to learn under Diane and James,” said Larson. “This is a great opportunity to learn the other side of the game and continue my passion for teaching and coaching. Both of my parents are coaching, and this is something I’ve always wanted to pursue, so this opportunity is almost too good to be true.”
Larson takes over the role that opened up when former Viking All-American and assistant coach Samantha Hutchinson took the head coaching job at Tacoma Community College last week.
The WWU volleyball program will add a member to the coaching staff prior to the start of the upcoming 2017 season. The Vikings are scheduled to open the season Sept. 1-2 with four matches at The Terrace Hotel Classic in Lakeland, Florida, where they will face defending national champion Concordia-St. Paul, Pace, New Haven and tournament host Florida Southern. WWU’s first home match on WECU Court at the newly-renovated Carver Gymnasium will be September 19 vs. Simon Fraser (7 pm).
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