Updated Fri, Feb 10, 2012 2:28 pm
Assistant Ohio volleyball coach Kyle Weindel will no longer call Athens home. Weindel accepted the position of head women’s volleyball coach at Montana State University this week.
“I was actively seeking kind of the next step up if you will in coaching," Weindel said. “I was definitely not unhappy at Ohio. I actually really like being in Athens, but for me professionally it was time to start looking for potentially a BCS type of assistant position or a the head coaching position. “
The St. Louis, Missouri native played volleyball for Ball State from 2000-03, and was named an All-American in 2002. His coaching career began in 2005 where he was an assistant coach for Munciana Volleyball club. He was an assistant for his former team at Ball State and also held an assistant position at St. Louis University. Prior to his time at St. Louis, Weindel co-founded the Indiana Volleyball Academy, where he also served as the executive director for a year.
Weindel’s first season at Ohio was in 2008. He was primary Ohio’s defensive coordinator and did a lot of on court work with the middle blockers. Weindel’s impact was immediate felt during the 2008 season where Ohio was best in the MAC in blocks with an average of 2.45 per game.
Weindel thought his chance of receiving a head coaching position was a long shot, but after a phone interview with Montana State, the process rolled on from there. A press conference was held in Bozeman for the final candidates for the head coaching position where the press and public could meet the candidates. Weindel was a bit nervous throughout the process, but is happy to be in the position he is in now.
“I couldn’t be happier with the situation as far as being a first time head coach with the support the administration, the community and even other sections of campus,” Weindel said. “It’s a lot like OU in the sense that everyone likes volleyball and they want the volleyball team to be successful and they definitely show their support. “