|Position:||Interim Head Coach|
Westlake is currently serving as the Interim Head Coach for the 2012 season.
She spent four years as an assistant coach under former head coach Miles Kydd, and had been promoted to associate head coach in February 2012.
As an assistant, Westlake served as the recruiting coordinator and community service liaison for EWU volleyball, and also handled all travel logistics for the squad. She wasresponsible for in-game coaching of the servers and middle hitters, as well as the overall team blocking efforts.
Under her guidance, the Eagles boasted the best blocking average in the Big Sky in 2009, and was second-best in the league in 2010. Eastern has ranked among the top 75 nationally in blocking for three-consecutive years, while its 2.56 blocks per set average in 2009 was 30th among all Division I teams.
Prior to arriving at Eastern, Westlake served as director of operations at Gonzaga University for the 2007 season and was a volunteer assistant coach with the Bulldogs the year before.
In her time at Gonzaga, Westlake was involved in all aspects of the program. She helped the team improve from a 9-20 finish in 2006 to a 17-13 record the following year, which was the program’s first winning mark since 1994.
The well-traveled Westlake has actually worked in three different continents in her last three jobs. Prior to her time at Gonzaga, she was the head coach at Alconbury High School in Cambridgeshire, England, where she led the AHS squad to a European title. She has also served as an assistant coach at Kinnick High School in Yokosuka, Japan.
Westlake also held the role of head coach at Santa Catalina High School (Monterey, Calif.) and California Maritime Academy. In addition, she was the junior volleyball club director at Cal Maritime, and has coached several club teams in California.
Since moving to Spokane, Westlake has coached some of the best volleyball players in the area as the U-18 national head coach with the Spokane Splash volleyball club.
She has led her club teams to two Junior National Championship appearances in the “Open Division,” which is the most competitive of the tournament’s groupings. In 2008, her team earned its bid after winning the Pacific Northwest Qualifier, marking the first such achievement for a Northwest-based team.
She played volleyball at the University of Oregon from 1983-84, and helped lead her team to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1984. As a setter, Westlake (formerly Gemoya) was an All-NorPac First-Team selection in 1984 and second-team honoree in 1983. She holds the Oregon all-time career record for assists per set (10.95) and service aces per set (0.71), and still ranks among the top ten in school history for career assists (1,401). Westlake followed her collegiate career by playing professional volleyball both indoors and on the beach.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in recreation from Oregon in 1986, she attained a master’s in management with an emphasis in international management from Troy State University in 2002.
Westlake and her husband, Mark, live in Spokane. They have a daughter, Mariah (20), and son, Mason (12). Mariah plays volleyball for Cameron University - an NCAA Division II school in Lawton, Okla.