Waite Resigns as Wisconsin Volleyball Coach

UW Athletics

Pete Waite, Wisconsin's head volleyball coach for the past 14 years, stepped down on Monday.

The move was announced by Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez via a statement, which lauded Waite's 305-146 (.676) record in 14 years at Wisconsin and his 571-248 (.697) record over 25 years as a head coach. Waite recently won his 300th match on Sept. 15 against Alabama, and he was the longest tenured volleyball coach in Wisconsin history. With a Big Ten record of 170-108 (.612), Waite is also the only volleyball coach in program history to record 300 overall wins and 150 Big Ten wins.

"I would like to thank Pete for his years of service to the Wisconsin volleyball program," Alvarez said in the statement. "He always ran his program with respect and dignity, and was a good representative of the athletic department. We wish him all the best."

No reason was given for Waite's resignation, though the Badgers will begin a national search for his replacement immediately.

"I've decided to resign from my position to allow someone else the opportunity to take this program back to the top of the Big Ten," Waite said. "We have some very good players in the program right now and have signed three excellent recruits for 2013. I wish them all nothing but success and I look forward to following the rest of their careers.

"I want to thank Pat Richter for hiring me and Barry Alvarez for his support. I want to thank all of the players, assistant coaches, fans and support staff in the department who have helped us along the way. I especially want to thank my family for their support and love over the years."

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