CLUB ZZU COACHING STAFF
Ron starting coaching Volleyball at Othello High School in 1989 and was head coach until 1993. He coached one season at Kent-Meridian as an assistant coach in 1994. Ron was the Head Volleyball Coach at Garfield-Palouse High School from 1998-2004. Ron was the Mid-Valley coach of the year in 1992 at Othello and lead his team to the district tournament in 1991 and 1992. While at Gar-Pal, his teams went to the State Tournament six consecutive seasons and his teams won State Championships in 1999 and 2004. They finished 3rd three times and 6th place as well. Ron is the former club director of Palouse Area Club Volleyball, Pullman Volleyball Club and Palouse Jr's from 2004 to 2011. As the former co-director of PAC-V he helped several girls play in college including Stephanie Logan at Washington State University, Kara Weitz at Spokane Community College and Amy Westberg at the University of Idaho. They follow four other players including Danielle Hodge at North Idaho College, Annie Leendertsen and Jordan Levenseller at Washington State University and Bridgette Lowe at Spokane Community College. Talia Candler has committed to play at Montana State University for the year 2012.
Courtney Schneider graduated from Western Washington University in 2008 with a B.S. in Community Health. Courtney has been coaching various levels of volleyball, assisting at the high school and collegiate level. Most recently, Courtney coached at Everett High School and was the club director for Lightning Volleyball Club in Bellingham WA.
Schneider led Western Washington to an historic volleyball campaign leading the Vikings to a 26-5 record, a NCAA Division II Pacific Regional title and a berth in the NCAA national championship match. No GNAC team had ever previously advanced beyond the regional semifinals. She completed her career as one of the top defensive players in NCAA Division II history setting NCAA single season (7.74) and career (7.00) records for most digs per game and finishing third in NCAA history in career digs with 2,695. She broke the former national single-season record by nearly one dig per game. In addition she also set school and GNAC records for digs in a season (851), career (2,695) and single match (50) and established a NCAA Division II Elite Eight match record with 44 digs against Washburn, Kans., in the national semifinals. Schneider also earned GNAC Player-of-the-Year honors and was a first team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American selection and a second team Daktronics All-American. She earned GNAC, Daktronics Pacific Region and AVCA Pacific Region all-star honors each of her final three seasons and Elite Eight and Pacific Region all-tournament honors in her senior season. In all, she won a total of six All-American awards in her career, including three by the AVCA (first team in 2007, third team in 2006 and honorable mention in 2005) and three by Daktronics (first team in 2006, second team in 2007 and third team in 2005). The Daktronics team is chosen by the nation's sports information directors.
Two time first team all CIF at San Marcos High School in San Diego 03-04, Division 1 men's volleyball player 04-09 nationally ranked among the top 10 in the nation every year of competition (California State University, Northridge), 2010 gold medalist at the Open Adult National tournament in Phoenix, AZ, 2011 Bronze medalist at the Open Adult National tournament in Dallas, TX and Bronze Medalist at 2012 Adult Nationals tournament in Salt Lake City Utah. Previous Coaching experience: Puget Sound Volleyball Academy( Puyallup, Washington) 2012 18-2s assistant coach, 2011 Head Junior Varsity Coach Foster High School (Tukwila, Washington) and Volunteer Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach at the University of Idaho 2012.
Steve Whitaker joined the University of Idaho volleyball program as an assistant coach in 2008. Whitaker brings a plethora of coaching experience from various levels of competition. He was a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Washington and helped the Huskies to the 2005 NCAA National Championship. The team also made the Final Four in 2006. His longest tenure was as coach of the Kent Juniors Volleyball Club, a member of USA Junior Olympic Volleyball. He coached one of the top ranked club teams in the country for four seasons. Prior to that, Whitaker spent two years as head coach at Bellevue Community College. He earned NWAACC Coach of the Year honors in 1998 and led the previously winless program to a winning record in his first season at the helm. "This opportunity is exciting in multiple ways," Whitaker said. "Coach Buchanan is a great coach to work for and work with and I am excited about all of the great aspects of Idaho's volleyball program. It is a great opportunity for me and I look forward to coaching in this environment and growing as a coach." Whitaker also spent three seasons as a player-coach for the Seattle Athletic Club, a USA Men's Open squad. His team was the top ranked squad in the Puget Sound Region and placed in the top 10 in the nation at two consecutive Open National Tournaments. In a previous position, Whitaker coached former Vandals Anna McKinney, Sarah Conwell and Stacy Sode.
2012: Ellis tallied 282 digs and 37 service aces as a freshman in 2012, playing in 126 sets in all 31 matches...she averaged 2.24 digs and 0.29 aces per set...her 0.29 aces per set led the team and ranked third in the WAC...she had a career-high six aces against Seattle U on Oct. 5, matching the sixth-highest single-match total in program history, and the third most by any WAC player in 2012...she also had four aces on Sept. 29 against UTSA...she had 16 double-digit dig matches, including the first four of her career...she had a career-high 20 digs on Oct. 11 against UT Arlington. At Century High School: Ellis was a two-time Idaho 4A Player of the Year, and the 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Idaho...she led Century High School to back-to-back state championships in 2010 and 2011...as a senior in 2011 she averaged 4.7 kills and 4.5 digs per game while the Diamondbacks compiled a 36-4 overall record...she had a .408 hitting percentage and a .546 kill percentage as an outside hitter...she also played 10 years of club volleyball for the Pocatello Elite.