SANTEE, Calif. – San Diego Christian College Athletics is proud to announce Barb Wnek as the new Women's Volleyball Coach effective immediately for the 2014-15 season.
"We are thrilled to have Coach Wnek take over our volleyball program," said SDCC Athletic Director Kyle Ferguson. "One would be hard pressed to find many coaches with a richer volleyball resume than Barb. However, even with her outstanding coaching abilities, Barb is an even better mentor and leader. SDCC will benefit from having such a godly woman teaching young women on and off the court."
Barb Wnek is currently teaching Kinesiology for SDCC. Before coming over to San Diego Christian, she coached for 17 years leading the Point Loma Nazarene University Women's volleyball program to national recognition. She was inducted into the NAIA National Hall of Fame in 2005, and became a member of the Point Loma Nazarene University Athletic Hall of Fame as a coach in November 2006.
"SDCC has a wonderful community of people, and the vision and support from the administration is clear," coach Wnek said. "This school is on the verge of so many great things and it is exciting to be a part of it. God opened the door and everything seemed to fall into place for my family, and so that is why I felt it was the right time."
Just one year out of college, Barbara (Rozendal) Wnek took over PLNU's struggling volleyball program and quickly transformed the team into a perennial NAIA power. During her 17 years as head coach, the Crusaders/Sea Lions compiled a 357-194 overall record. Under Wnek, PLNU made eight National Tournament appearances, posting a 30-12 mark in tournament play. Her squads reached two semifinals and played in the 1996 National Championship match which at the time was the highest team finish in the 51 year Point Loma athletic history.
Wnek was named the NAIA National Tournament Coach of the Year following PLNU's 1996 Runner-Up finish. After a semifinal showing in 2001, she was selected as the NAIA/American Volleyball Association National Coach of the Year, and celebrated her 300th victory in coaching. During her tenure, Wnek coached more than 13 All-Americans, 20 All-Conference picks, and PLNU won two Golden State Athletic Conference championships and three NAIA Region II titles. In both 1990 and 2000 Wnek was named as the Golden State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
Wnek will take over the Lady Hawks program after they posted a 6-22 record overall and 4-10 conference.
"I consider it a privilege and a challenge to see what this team can become," coach Wnek said. "I watched them compete in a few matches last season and I see the potential in their ability. It will take time, but I want them to learn that they can overcome in the tough situations. I want to create some memories for these girls and help them to achieve their goals."
As a collegiate athlete Wnek, then Rozendal, was on scholarship at Biola University where she was a 2-time NAIA All-American, National All-Tournament selection twice, and competed in the National Championship final match in 1985. In her senior year, she was selected as the District 3 Player of the Year. She still holds the career ace record at her alma mater. Barb grew up in the East County, and attended Grossmont High School where she was a standout athlete in both Volleyball and Softball.
In recent years, Wnek has taught and coached at all levels. She was the Head Coach at Christian High School for several years following her resignation from PLNU. She continued teaching and has assisted for various teams including Cuyamaca College and most recently Christian High School.
Wnek's projected squad will include four seniors, four juniors, and seven sophomores.
"My hope as head coach is that we will use the talents that God has given us and strive to honor Him first," coach Wnek said. "We are going to be diligent in our training physically, spiritually and emotionally. I hope to challenge this team. If we can work together with these things in mind, we are going to have many great experiences ahead."
Barb is married to her husband Mike, who is an Adjunct Professor at SDCC. They have three children, one son and two daughters.