Jeannette Waldo Promoted to Volleyball Associate Head Coach
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – Green Bay volleyball assistant coach Jeannette Waldo has been promoted to associate head coach, head coach Sean Burdette announced on Thursday. Waldo helped lead the Phoenix to a 21-9 record this season, culminating in a runner-up finish at the Horizon League Tournament.
“It is with great pleasure that we are able to elevate Jeannette Waldo to the position of Associate Head Coach. She has been here with me at Green Bay since day one and brought so much energy, passion and knowledge to the court and to the entire program. During the hiring process Jeannette possessed all the qualities I was looking for in an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Those qualities have paid off very well as evidenced by our recruiting success in each class that we have brought to Green Bay and our overall team record. Jeannette has built great recruiting relationships in the state of Wisconsin, regionally and nationally. I truly value what she brings to the office and court each and every day,” said Burdette.
“I am ready and very excited to serve as Associate Head Coach. I greatly appreciate the acknowledgment of the time and effort that I have put into helping take Green Bay volleyball to the next level and I look forward to what is on the horizon. This group of players makes it easy to put in the extra hours, and I will gladly do it again. We also have a great staff that really pulls together in order to give our players the best experience possible. Taking this step in my career would not have been possible without the support of Sean Burdette and Chris Seidl, so I would like to thank them deeply. It’s a great day to be a Phoenix!” said Waldo.
Her coaching efforts helped Lydia DeWeese receive AVCA All-Region honors and also helped Megan Powers, Maddie Yoss and DeWeese each receive Horizon All-League recognition this year. Burdette was also named Horizon League Co-Coach of the Year for his team’s strong season.
Waldo has stood out as a solid recruiter as well, helping recruit student-athletes who have excelled on the court and in the classroom. The core of the Phoenix rotation this past season are all underclassmen, led by a very strong sophomore and freshmen class, which she was crucial in recruiting. The junior class of Lyda DeWeese, Abby Jeffcoat and Taylor Totka have all developed nicely under Waldo’s and Burdette’s guidance the past few years.
In 2016, Green Bay recorded the second-best team hitting percentage in a season in program history. The Phoenix hit .226, just shy of the program record .229 that was set in 2003.
Waldo joined Burdette in 2014, and has played a key role in the program’s dramatic turnaround. In her first season on the sideline, the Phoenix went just 5-21, but elevated itself to one of the top programs in the Horizon League after winning 21 games this past season. Green Bay earned the No. 2 seed in league tournament and made the championship game for the first time since 2003.
Waldo and the Phoenix now look forward to the 2017 season, where they will be picked at or near the top of the Horizon League. The future is certainly bright for the Green Bay volleyball program moving forward.
“I would like to thank Chancellor Gary L. Miller, Director of Athletics Mary Ellen Gillespie and our sport administrator and Associate AD Craig Sandlin for sharing the same vision as us in taking our program to the next level,” Burdette said.
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