ROCK SPRINGS – Mustang volleyball players at Western Wyoming Community College will begin practice this week under the guidance of head coach Wendy Bider, who takes over the program for the 2015 season following the departure of previous coach Rick Reynolds in June. Reynolds accepted a position as head volleyball coach at Idaho State University in Pocatello.
“I am so excited to have the opportunity to coach at Western,” Bider said. “This is an opportunity I couldn’t let pass by. I believe I am working with some of the most talented players in the region. They are hard workers and they are academically gifted. I expect us to be on top of the Region IX Conference. The family atmosphere and camaraderie at Western is contagious and I am blessed to be a part of it.”
Bider has a distinguished track record coaching high school and club volleyball in the region. She was an assistant coach in the High Performance Intermountain Volleyball Association for the U16 and U18 Divisions from 1999-2001. She spent 23 years as assistant and head coach for the Lady Tigers of Rock Springs High School and led the squad to a third-place finish in the state tournament in 2008 and a second-place finish in 2011.
Bider, who continues to teach at the high school, is a member of the Wyoming Coaches Association and was the assistant coach for the Wyoming All-Star Volleyball match in 2008 and was the head Wyoming All-Star Coach in 2011.
Bider has coached a number of athletes who have played at the collegiate level following high school, including incoming Mustang freshmen Mariah Smith and Jenna Harris, as well as former Mustangs Blaec Christensen, Sadie Plemel and Jordan Olson.
“Wendy brings a high level of enthusiasm to Western,” said Mustang Athletic Director Lu Sweet. “She is working hard to continue the tradition of high-level volleyball that has been established by her predecessors. We are excited to get the new season underway.”
Bider said her players are excited to get the Fall 2015 season underway. Practices begin Tuesday, Aug. 4. She noted that Mustang Volleyball Assistant Jessica Anderson, who played for Western in 2004-2005, will return for her fourth season with the team.