Jan. 31, 2008
Miles Kydd, an assistant on the Eastern Washington University volleyball coaching staff the past four seasons, has been selected as Eastern Washington's fifth head coach of the NCAA Division I era.
"After conducting a thorough nationwide search for the next head coach of Eastern volleyball, I am happy to announce the selection of Miles Kydd to the position," Eastern's Director of Athletics Bill Chaves said.
"For the past four years, coach Kydd has demonstrated the ability to recruit and coach at a very high level at Eastern, and I believe that he will continue the great tradition that coaches Pam Parks and Wade Benson have established for Eastern volleyball.
"In addition, I would like to thank the hard work of the committee that assisted with this search, and I look forward to watching the young nucleus of players we have returning blossom under coach Kydd's tutelage and continue to build upon this past year's accomplishments."
Kydd arrived at Eastern in 2004 with some impressive women's volleyball coaching experiences under his belt. Most notably, he was head coach for Team Canada at the 1999 World Student Games and served as assistant coach for Team Canada at the 1999 Pan American Games, the 1991 and 1989 World Cup and the 1990 World Championships.
After his arrival on the Cheney campus, he helped lead the Eagles to four straight appearances in the Big Sky Conference semifinal round and three in the league's title match. Eastern Washington also placed third or higher in the final league standings each of those seasons. The Eagles won the regular-season title his first campaign in 2004.
"I am really excited to have the opportunity," Kydd said. "I would like to thank Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo, Bill Chaves and the selection committee. Having been here four years, I know the ins and outs of the program, and that will serve me well as we move forward."
From 1994-2002, he served as head coach at the University of Regina, his alma mater. In his time at the Saskatchewan school, Kydd was named the Great Plains Coach of the Year three times, in 1996, 1998 and 1999. He led the team to its second-ever national championship appearance in 1999, when Regina advanced to the eight-team tournament. Regina fell in a tight match there to the University of Alberta, which won its sixth straight title.
As a Canadian citizen, his appointment is contingent upon his eligibility to work in the United States.
Kydd is looking forward to his first days as Eastern's head coach.
"The first thing I will do is talk to the team and then hit the recruiting trail and build on our strong core of returning players. I'm excited to get started."
Year-by-Year Records in Eastern Washington's NCAA Division I Era
|Total (Barb Moe)||26||56||0||28|
|1986||Pamela Parks||20||13||6||6||4th/8||BSC Semis|
|1989||Pamela Parks||25||7||14||2||1st/9||NCAA 1st R.|
|1990||Pamela Parks||16||17||10||6||4th/9||BSC Semis|
|1996||Pamela Parks||16||12||9||7||3rd/9||BSC Quarters|
|1997||Pamela Parks||22||6||13||3||t1st/9||BSC Semis|
|1998||Pamela Parks||24||6||13||3||2nd/9||NCAA 1st R.|
|1999||Pamela Parks||24||8||12||4||3rd/9||NCAA 1st R.|
|Total (Pamela Parks)||291||256||115||111|
|2000||Wade Benson||19||11||11||5||3rd/9||BSC Finals|
|2001||Wade Benson||21||6||9||5||3rd/8||NCAA 2nd R.|
|2002||Wade Benson||29||2||13||1||1st/8||BSC Finals|
|2003||Wade Benson||22||8||13||1||1st/8||BSC Finals|
|2004||Wade Benson||20||10||12||2||1st/8||BSC Finals|
|2005||Wade Benson||23||9||10||4||t2nd/8||BSC Finals|
|2006||Wade Benson||20||9||10||6||3rd/9||BSC Finals|
|Total (Wade Benson)||154||55||68||18|
|2007||Irene Matlock*||15||15||12||4||3rd/9||BSC Semis|
* Interim Head Coach
Mountain West Conference 1982-87
Big Sky Conference 1988-present