SHERIDAN — Sheridan College hired Case Quiggle to lead the volleyball program for the next year.
Six candidates interviewed for the position and Quiggle was one of three coaches to be brought onto campus during the interview process, said SC Athletic Director Rich Hall.
“Quiggle was the most eager for the job and showed the most interest,” Hall said. “He has a desire to win, he has a lot of qualities I look for in a coach and right now I think I can trust him and think he is a man of integrity.”
SC volleyball was competitive in the conference under former coach Jennifer Stadler.
“I think coach Stadler did a really good job of consistently having a solid program,” Quiggle said. “I want to take the program to the next level, win the conference and aim towards winning the region.”
Hall said he wanted to find a coach to help build a winning culture and maintain expectations for athletes in the classroom. Quiggle sees success in the classroom as a part of the winning culture.
“I think the culture that is here is a very solid culture,” Quiggle said.
“The girls are nice, they are good students and good people. I think that is great, now you need to push them a little bit. Have them develop that competitive edge.”
The new coach looks to use that competitive push to develop the student-athletes as well-rounded adults.
“Promoting a winning culture is more than just winning on the court,” Quiggle said. “Do you want in the classroom, win 10 years down the road, win at your job? That is what I try to teach them. When it comes to volleyball, I am going to push them and teach them at the same time how to work with people from different backgrounds.”
Quiggle said most collegiate volleyball players will not play professional volleyball. His position allows him to mentor young women and assist in developing a work ethic that will lead to success once their playing days are over.
Quiggle anticipates 16 players on the team when the season starts. Eight sophomores will return and six new recruits and two walk-ons will join the team.
A volleyball roster allows for 14 players, but Quiggle wants a few extras to in case of injury or eligibility issues.
A California native, Quiggle grew up playing beach volleyball and moved out west to attend Central College in Iowa.
He chose to pursue a coaching career in the Midwest and Wyoming because he identifies with the culture and his ideal temperature range is between -60 and 30 degrees Fahrenheit.
Quiggle started his coaching career by coaching high-level high school and club volleyball in California. He reached the college level in 2017, joining the staff at the University of Jamestown in North Dakota. Quiggle stayed at Jamestown for one year, helping the team reach the Sweet Sixteen before taking the head coaching job at Southwestern Community College in Iowa.
Players will move in on Aug. 2 and practice starts Aug. 5.
The team will attend a tournament in Casper Aug. 23-24 to start the season.