November 17, 2006
NMU's Volleyball Coach Qi Wang Resigns
MARQUETTE, Mich. -- Qi Wang [pronounced: Chee Wong], coach of the Northern Michigan University volleyball team for the past two years, has announced his resignation, according to NMU Athletic Director Ken Godfrey.
Godfrey said Wang and his wife, Shelly, who serves as the Wildcats’ assistant coach, are leaving their positions for personal reasons, effective immediately.
“I want the Northern Michigan University volleyball program to quickly return to national prominence and I believe we have brought players to NMU who can do that, but unfortunately my wife and I will not be able to help the players attain that goal,” said Wang.
At Northern, Wang compiled a 31-23 record at NMU. He has an overall collegiate head coaching mark of 164-40 in six seasons.
During his two years at NMU, Wang’s teams went 15-12 in 2005 and 16-11 this past season. The Wildcats tied for third in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division a year ago with a record of 12-6. This year they went 8-10 in GLIAC action and finished fifth in the division. The Wildcats advanced to the GLIAC Tournament, but lost in the first round to Hillsdale.
Prior to NMU, Wang coached for eight years (1997-2004) at Truman State University, the first four as an assistant and the last four as head coach, posting a 133-17 record.
“Qi and Shelly Wang have worked hard during their time at Northern to develop two very young NMU volleyball squads,” said Godfrey. “We wish them well in their future endeavors.”
Godfrey indicated that a national search will begin immediately to replace Wang.
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