OLYMPIA, Wash. – Looking forward to the 2011-12 season, the Evergreen Geoducks have permanently appointed two coaches for the fall, filling a pair of interim positions from the previous season. Evergreen alumnus Adam Fenster will retain control of the women’s soccer program while Greg Spector has been hired to head up the women’s volleyball team.
Fenster, a 1997 graduate of The Evergreen State College, will continue to lead the women’s soccer team that he took over in 2010. Prior to Evergreen, he was the head men’s soccer coach at Bellevue Community College, where he was named NWAACC Coach of the Year in 2009 after leading the Bulldogs to the conference title.
“As an alum, Adam brings great passion for the Evergreen educational experience partnered with his success in coaching and regional connections in the soccer community,” said interim director of recreation and athletics Wendy Endress. “We are fortunate to have him continue his relationship with Evergreen in this capacity!”
Adam played four years for the Geoducks, twice being named All-PNWAC Second Team. A native of Seattle and graduate of Seattle Prep, he is one of three siblings to attend Evergreen, including NAIA All-American soccer player Tiffany Fenster.
“I’m very excited about being head women’s soccer coach,” said Fenster. “It’s been a position I’ve wanted to hold since my graduation from Evergreen back in 1997. I look forward to the future of Geoduck soccer.”
While the women’s soccer program will have a longtime Geoduck at the helm, the volleyball program will be bringing in a new coach for the sport’s 11th season at Evergreen in Spector. Formerly the head women’s volleyball coach at NCAA Division III Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Va., Greg brings a wealth of volleyball experience to Olympia.
“Greg will bring enthusiasm and skill to Evergreen’s volleyball program, with significant college and post-college experience in many parts of the country,” said Endress. “We’re looking forward to welcoming him to the Geoduck team!”
Prior to Bridgewater, he was the assistant women’s volleyball coach and recruiting coordinator at NCAA Division I Marshall University, helping the Thundering Herd earn back-to-back trips to the Mid-American Conference finals. Spector has also coached at Urbana University in Urbana, Ohio and Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis.
A graduate of San Diego State University, Spector played two years of men’s volleyball for the Aztecs. He was also a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team for the World Maccabi Games, earning the bronze medal in 1993 and 1997 and a silver medal in 2001.
“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity for everyone to come together and build upon,” said Spector. “I expect great things over time. It’s a fantastic time to join the program and build Geoduck volleyball throughout the community.”
The Geoduck women’s soccer team will open up the 2011 season on August 20 against Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, Wash. The Evergreen volleyball program will hit the court for their first match on September 2 as they jump right into conference play with a Cascade Conference counter at Eastern Oregon.