Evergreen Volleyball Coach Bill Lash resigns after six seasons

January 18, 2007

Olympia, WA - Bill Lash announced his resignation as head women's volleyball coach today, ending six years of coaching at The Evergreen State College and a long record of coaching at the collegiate level. Lash had been the head coach since 2001 when volleyball was introduced as a varsity sport.

The past six years at Evergreen was a wonderful experience. I enjoyed working with the other coaches and staff and I'm leaving because the time is right, he said. Lash believed he had taken the team as far as he could and, for now, has no plans to coach again at the college level.

I'd like to spend more time with my family and 12 grandchildren he adds.

The Evergreen volleyball program experienced its peak season in 2003, when Lash led the team to the Cascade Conference playoffs and an all-time season high overall winning record of 14-12.

Bill is one of the best people I have ever been around in college sport, said Evergreen athletics director Dave Weber. He will be missed every day, not just during volleyball season. He brought a good spirit to coaching and was always willing to contribute to the overall program. Not many fall sport coaches will rush out to the gym to help with an electrical emergency during a basketball game, but Bill would.

Lash, who had prior college coaching stints at Centralia College and St. Martin's University, will continue to direct the Evergreen Volleyball Club, an organization not directly affiliated with the college. He plans to continue fundraising efforts for the Geoducks, both for volleyball and for other sports. He recruited well for the 2007 team and expressed a desire to help the program make a smooth transition to the next coach.

It's a good job for an up-and-coming volleyball coach, said Weber. We've got excellent facilities and good people coaching our other sports. We'll be excited to get our next coach in here and to see them build the program from the base Bill created.

The search for a new coach will begin immediately.