Irene Matlock
Irene Matlock
Previous College: University of Washington
Position: Interim Head Coach
Experience: 1st Season
With more than 700 collegiate victories and 800 career wins, Irene Matlock is set to become an NCAA Division I head coach for the first time. The former head coach of the Community Colleges of Spokane will serve as the interim head coach for the Eagles throughout the 2007 season. She brings a wealth of knowledge and winning experience to the position, helping smooth the transition between permanent head coaches as much as possible. Matlock is a tenured professor of the health, physical education and recreation department at the Community Colleges of Spokane, where she coached the Sasquatch for 19 seasons. While at CCS, she garnered a number of honors, most notably the 1994 AVCA National Coach of the Year for head coaches at community and junior colleges. She is also a member of the AVCA/Tachikara Victory Club at the 700-win level and earned the 25-year award given by the Inland Northwest Sportswriters and Broadcasters in 2004. She was the head coach for the Sasquatch through the 2004 season, the year she won her 700th career match. In her time as the head coach for CCS, she led the team to a winning percentage of .700 or higher in 12 of her 19 years and recorded winning marks in each of those campaigns. Her best record of 54-2 (.964) came in 1988. That total is a Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) record. Matlock has earned accolades as the NWAACC Coach of the Year on three occasions, the NWAACC Eastern Region Coach of the Year seven times, the NWAACC Tournament Coach of the Year once and the AVCA West Region Coach of the Year once. She has served as the Athletic Commissioner for CCS for 10 years and as the chair for the Eastern Region Volleyball Sports Committee for 16 years. Matlock has acted as chair for the AVCA Player and Coach of the Year Committee and the NWAACC Sports Committee for four years apiece. Additionally, Matlock has served as program director and/or head coach for three club teams, Icon New Balance (1991-98), Spokane Juniors (1986-90) and Ohana Volleyball Club (1980-85). Prior to arriving at CCS, she won four state championships with Sandpoint High School in Idaho, accumulating a 101-7 record at the school. After playing four years for the Huskies, Matlock earned a bachelor's of science degree from the University of Washington in 1974 and a master's of science degree from EWU in 1979. From 1977-79, Matlock served as assistant coach and athletic intern at Eastern Washington, and she acted as the program services administrator in 1979.
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