Wesmen Athletics is pleased to announce the appointment of Phil Hudson as the full-time head coach of the UWinnipeg women's volleyball program.
Hudson held the title of interim head coach throughout the 2019-20 season and, on Wednesday, director of athletics Dave Crook announced Hudson was the successful applicant for the full-time position after a nationwide search process.
"We are excited to have Phil as our full-time coach," Crook said. "He did a tremendous job this past season and, with him in charge full-time, we look forward to a bright future for our student-athletes in the Wesmen women's volleyball program."
With Hudson at the helm this past season, the Wesmen went 9-15 and made the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-2012 season. It was also the first nine-win season for the Wesmen since 2012-13.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to continue on with the Wesmen program and for the confidence Dave Crook and the university has shown in me," Hudson said. "I am looking forward to the upcoming season and continuing the progress we made over the past year."
The Wesmen led the Canada West in kills, assists and digs last season and their .158 team attack was their highest since hitting .178 as a team in 2011-12.
Among their most significant victories was a sweep of then No. 8-Thompson Rivers on Jan. 3, a sweep at UBC-Okanagan Jan. 10, which was the program's first win outside the province in four years, and a four-set win over Calgary Feb. 8 that eliminated the Dinos from the post-season.
Individually, third-year left side Emma Parker was named second-team all-Canada West, her first conference all-star, and fourth-year libero Madison Fyvie set a program record for digs in a match (45) and digs in a season (374).