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April 6, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Northwest U. tabs Steve Bain of King’s as new volleyball coach

Steve Bain is leaving his post as head volleyball coach at King’s High School to take over the program at Northwest University.

Bain is one of the most accomplished volleyball coaches in the state in many respects.

Here is the press release posted on the Northwest University website:

Northwest University Director of Athletics, Gary McIntosh, announced the appointment of Steven Bain as the Eagles’ new head volleyball coach

Bain comes to Northwest U. from King’s High School in Seattle where he compiled a 117-10 regular season record, a post season record of 60-14, and won 1A state championships in 2008 and 2009. He has guided King’s to nine consecutive appearances in the WIAA (Washington Interscholastic Athletic association) state tournament and has finished fourth or higher in eight of the appearances. King’s has also won nine straight conference championships during Bain’s tenure along with six regional championships. Nationally, his teams have been ranked in the top four in the country from 2007 to 2011 by the National Christian School Athletic Association (NCSAA). King’s was also the recipient of the1A WIAA Academic State Championship Award in 2010 and 2011. Bain has been named coach of the year four times, the WIAA AP Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009, the Seattle Times “Star Times” Coach of the Year award in 2009 and the National Coach of the Year award by the NCSAA in 2008.

“First, I would like to thank Gary McIntosh and the entire Northwest University community for entrusting me with leadership of the University’s volleyball program. Two weeks ago I was unaware of any opportunity that could have induced me to leave the championship culture that we have established at King’s. However, the commitment to excellence I encountered during the interview process and the quality young women in the Northwest University Volleyball program inspired me to accept the challenge. Now that I am here, I am equally inspired to get in the gym and engage the players in our training process. I know the players share my excitement and are committed to doing what it takes to become the best they can be.”

During his tenure at King’s, Bain’s players have earned many individual honors including five Washington State MVP awards, five NCSAA All-American awards, and numerous first team all-conference and first team all-state accolades. He is a graduate of Northern Arizona University, earned his PhD in Veterinary Science from Washington State and is currently a research associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Washington.

“Coach Bain brings in a tremendous passion for coaching the sport of volleyball,” McIntosh said. “I was extremely impressed with Bain’s coaching philosophy and commitment to the student-athlete experience and look forward to the comprehensive development of NU volleyball as a respectable and competitive NAIA program under his leadership.”

Bain takes over a Northwest University team which finished fourth in the Cascade Collegiate Conference last season with a 10-8 conference mark and 12-12 season record. The Eagles have played in the conference post season tournament semifinals the past two seasons and return 11 of 12 players from the 2011 season.



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