Women's volleyball: Florida's Mary Wise becomes all-time winningest female coach in NCAA history
Florida volleyball's 3-0 victory over Texas A&M Wednesday night may have been just another win for the No. 1 Gators (12-0) on their quest to perfection, but it had a much bigger implication on the sport of volleyball itself.
With the victory, Florida coach Mary Wise became the all-time winningest female coach in Division I volleyball history. The win also propelled Wise into eighth place all-time in wins in Division I, and 14th overall in NCAA history (Divisions I-III).
Wise, in her 31st season with the Gators, has an overall career record of 887-162 (.846). She began her career with Iowa State, where she coached the Cyclones from 1981-84, and has been at the helm of Florida since the 1991 season.
She surpassed former BYU coach Elaine Michaelis, who recorded 886 wins with the Cougars from 1969-2001. With one more victory, Wise will move into a tie for 13th all-time alongside recently retired Stanford coach John Dunning, who finished his career with 888 wins.
Larry Bock, who is currently the head coach at Navy, is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA women's volleyball history with 1,339 victories.
Wise’s career at Florida has been decorated with accolades, as she’s won 14 SEC Coach of the Year awards as well as two AVCA Coach of the Year honors (1992, 1996). She's also led the Gators to seven Final Fours.
So thankful for all the players who won those matches and hope the record is broken by 100s of women 100s of times. https://t.co/PAy3UBpoIj— Mary Wise (@GatorMary) October 5, 2017
The Gators return to action Sunday afternoon when they host Georgia at 1:30 p.m. ET.