July 17, 2007
With more than 700 collegiate and 800 career wins, Irene Matlock, the former head coach of the Community Colleges of Spokane, has been named the interim head volleyball coach for the Eastern Washington University Eagles, interim athletics director Michael Westfall announced on Tuesday (July 17).
"Irene will bring a wealth of knowledge and winning experience to this temporary position to help ensure as smooth a transition as possible before we begin a national search for a permanent head coach in November," Westfall said. "Due to the unfortunate timing of Wade Benson's departure so close to volleyball season, Irene is helping Eastern out by serving on an interim basis through December. We appreciate her taking a break from her role as tenured professor and chair of the health, physical education and recreation department with CCS."
Matlock served as head coach for the Sasquatch through the 2004 season before taking on her current role. That season, she recorded her 700th collegiate victory.
She earned numerous awards as the CCS head coach. In 1994, Matlock was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Coach of the Year. The next year, she earned accolades as the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) Female Coach of the Year. She has also attained mention as the NWAACC Eastern Region Coach of the Year on eight occasions. She was named the AVCA West Region Coach of the Year in 2001.
She has served as the Athletic Commissioner for the 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.
Prior to arriving at CCS, she won four state championships with Sandpoint High School in Idaho.
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.
Matlock's first match as Eagle head coach will be at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 24 versus Saint Mary's as part of the Sheraton Four Points Wildcat Classic in Tucson, Ariz.