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Greg Finel begins his first year as head coach of the Raider Volleyball, heading into the 2016 season. He takes over for former head coach Shawnna Shula, who served in the position for one year. Finel served as an assistant coach with the Raiders this past season, helping lead the team to their first appearance at the NWAC Championships since 2012.
Finel has coached club ball the past six years. He has been with the Lake Tapps Volleyball Club the past four years, and was with Above the Net for two years before joining LTVC. His club teams have won two bids to participate at Nationals, and many of his players have earned college scholarships. Finel is also an accomplished player and coach in beach volleyball.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Coach Finel take over the reins of the program,” said Pierce Athletic Director Duncan Stevenson. “He provided a great deal of leadership this past season, in his role as assistant coach, and we see nothing but great things for the program in the year ahead. His passion for the sport of volleyball, and his approach to developing the skills and abilities of young women in a positive team environment, are a formula for success for Raider Volleyball.”
“I am truly excited about the opportunity to be named as the head coach of the Pierce College Volleyball program,” said Finel. “I look forward to developing the program, continuing our success from 2015, and growing our Raider Volleyball Family.”
A native of Washougal, Washington, Finel attended at Clark College and Eastern Washington University. He currently works as a branch manager for Randstad Staffing, and lives in Puyallup with his wife and their two sons.
Kristin Huffman - Assistant Coach
Kristin is starting her 1st season coaching at Pierce College. She has coached as head coach for six years at 16u and 18u at Club Wahine (Des Moines, WA.). Kristin played at Bellevue College and graduated in communications. She also played and later coached at Lindbergh H.S. (Renton, WA.).
Lauren McClung - Assistant Coach
This will be Lauren’s first year as an assistant coach for the Raiders. She has coached club volleyball for the past three years at Lake Tapps Volleyball Club. She began as an assistant coach for their 13’s regional team, and then co-coached the 16’s regional team, and this last year was the head coach for the 17’s regional team. Along with coaching many teams, she also assists in running positional programs for the club, and specializes in working with hitting and blocking techniques. Lauren graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in May of 2015 and majored in Pre-Physical Therapy and minored in Sport Psychology.
Lauren grew up in the small town of Skagit Valley called La Conner, Washington. There she was a part of a successful volleyball program that consistently made it to the state championship game. She continued on her athletic career and played volleyball at Pacific Lutheran University for 4 years.