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Pete Waite
Pete Waite

Hometown:
Monona, Wis.

High School:
Monona Grove

Last College:
Ball State

Position:
Head Coach

The winningest coach in Wisconsin volleyball history, Pete Waite has led the Badgers to new heights in his tenure.

In 13 years at the UW, the Badgers are an impressive 288-131 (.687) with nine 20-plus win seasons. Waite, a native of the Madison area, is the all-time winningest volleyball coach in UW history, both in number of wins and winning percentage. He is also the only Badger volleyball coach to win 100 Big Ten Conference matches.

Overall, Waite ranks 21st among active Division I head coaches with a .705 winning percentage (556-233) in 24 years. He also ranks 19th in total number of wins. Waite won his 500th career match on Sept. 12, 2008, becoming the 24th action Division I coach and the 41st coach of all time to win 500 matches.

Waite has led his Badgers to nine NCAA appearances. Wisconsin made its first-ever appearance in the NCAA championship match in 2000, finishing second. The Badgers finished among the top-eight teams in the country in 2004 and 2005, made sweet 16 appearances in 2001 and 2006, and advanced to second-round action in 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2007.

Pete Waite is the winningest coach in UW volleyball history.
Waite's Honors
Coach of the Year
2006 Big Ten Conference
2001 Big Ten Conference
AVCA Mideast Regional
2000 Big Ten Conference
AVCA Mideast Regional
1997 Mid-American Conference
1993 Mid-Continent Conference
1992 Mid-American Conference
1985 North Central Community College
Professional Players
Amanda Berkley - Cyprus
Erin Byrd - AVP
Lizzy Fitzgerald - Puerto Rico, France
Audra Jeffers - New Zealand
Kelly Kennedy - USPV
Sherisa Livingston - Puerto Rico, Netherlands, Indonesia, Turkey, Spain, Italy, Greece
Jenny Maastricht - AVP
Taylor Reineke - Switzerland
Lori Rittenhouse - Spain, Croatia
Claudia Rodriguez - Mexican National Team, Spain, Puerto Rico
Sheila Shaw - France, Germany
Morgan Shields - Sweden, Portugal
Jackie Simpson - Germany, Cyprus
Individual Awards
• 12 AVCA All-Americans
• 8 Asics/Volleyball All-Americans
• 17 AVCA All-Region
• 2 Big Ten Players of the Year
• 25 All-Big Ten
• 1 Big Ten Freshman of the Year
• 11 Big Ten All-Freshman Team Members
Academic Awards
• 77 Academic All-Big Ten Honorees

On the Big Ten level, Wisconsin won league titles in 2000 and 2001 with identical 19-1 records. In 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2007, the Badgers finished second in the conference. Waite is 165-95 (.635) in Big Ten play.

Waite was honored by his colleagues by being named the Big Ten and AVCA Mideast Regional Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2001. He was also honored in 2006 as the Big Ten Coach of the Year.

At Wisconsin, Waite has coached 10 All-Americans, 14 AVCA All-Region first-team selections, two Big Ten Players of the Year and 20 first-team All-Big Ten honorees. He has also coached one Big Ten Freshman of the Year and 13 members of the Big Ten All-Freshman team. Wisconsin has placed at least one player on the Big Ten All-Freshman team 11 of the 12 years that the award has been presented, including two honorees in 2008 and 2011.

Waite came to Wisconsin from Northern Illinois where he was the winningest volleyball coach in program history. He had an 11-year record of 266-102 (.723 winning percentage) including nine 20-plus win seasons. The Huskies were 81-19 (.810) in his last three years, including three consecutive NCAA tournament bids. NIU appeared in four NCAA tournaments under Waite, advancing to the second round three times. The Huskies also appeared in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship in 1991, 1992, and 1994, and declined an invitation to the NIVC in 1995.

Northern Illinois won eight regular-season conference titles and six conference tournaments under Waite. Three times he was named the conference coach of the year. Individually, Waite coached four AVCA all-region players, four conference players of the year, 14 first-team all-conference honorees, one conference newcomer of the year and four members of the conference all-newcomer team.

Prior to being named the head coach at Northern Illinois, Waite spent two years as an assistant coach at Illinois State. In 1984 and 1985, he was the head coach at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Ill., leading the Cyclones to the 1985 North Central Community College Conference championship. Waite was named the conference coach of the year in 1985.

Waite spent one year as the director and coach of the Chicago Power Volleyball Club in Orland Park, Ill., and two years as a coach with the 2nd City Volleyball Club in Chicago. He started his coaching career in 1981 at Muncie (Ind.) Northside High School and spent the next year as a junior varsity coach at his alma mater, Monona Grove (Wis.) High School. Waite also coached one year at Bremen High School in Midlothian, Ill.

Waite played volleyball and graduated from Monona Grove High School. He played volleyball at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., from 1977-81 with a team that consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally. The 1979 Cardinal squad finished fourth in the NCAA tournament after winning the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association title with a perfect 14-0 record. Waite received All-MIVA honors his junior and senior years, and was named team co-captain and co-MVP in 1980. He received his bachelor's degree in education from Ball State in 1981.

In 2008, Waite was honored by his alma mater, receiving the Don Shondell Lifetime Achievement award for 25 years of outstanding volleyball coaching.

Waite and his wife, Carrie, have two sons, Ryan, 27, a 2006 graduate of the UW, and Eric, 24, a 2010 graduate of UW-Oshkosh where he played volleyball. Ryan and his wife Carissa were married during the summer of 2011 while Eric got engaged to Katie Steil during the summer as well.

Waite's Coaching Record
Year School Record Pct. Conference Record Pct. Place Post-Season
2011 Wisconsin 16-16 .500 Big Ten 8-12 .400 T7th
2010 Wisconsin 16-15 .516 Big Ten 5-15 .250 10th
2009 Wisconsin 11-18 .379 Big Ten 6-14 .300 T7th
2008 Wisconsin 17-15 .531 Big Ten 7-13 .350 7th
2007 Wisconsin 26-5 .838 Big Ten 17-3 .850 2nd NCAA Second Round
2006 Wisconsin 26-7 .788 Big Ten 16-4 .800 3rd NCAA Sweet 16
2005 Wisconsin 26-7 .788 Big Ten 15-5 .750 2nd NCAA Elite Eight
2004 Wisconsin 22-10 .688 Big Ten 13-7 .650 4th NCAA Elite Eight
2003 Wisconsin 22-11 .667 Big Ten 13-7 .650 4th NCAA Second Round
2002 Wisconsin 24-9 .727 Big Ten 14-6 .700 T2nd NCAA Second Round
2001 Wisconsin 27-4 .871 Big Ten 19-1 .950 1st NCAA Sweet 16
2000 Wisconsin 33-4 .892 Big Ten 18-2 .900 1st NCAA Championship Match
1999 Wisconsin 22-10 .688 Big Ten 14-6 .700 3rd NCAA Second Round
1998 Northern Illinois 27-7 .794 Mid-American 15-3 .833 1st NCAA Second Round
1997 Northern Illinois 27-4 .871 Mid-American 14-2 .875 T1st NCAA Second Round
1996 Northern Illinois 27-8 .771 Midwestern Collegiate 12-2 .857 1st NCAA First Round
1995 Northern Illinois 16-15 .516 Midwestern Collegiate 13-1 .928 1st
1994 Northern Illinois 23-11 .676 Midwestern Collegiate 8-2 .800 T2nd NIVC
1993 Northern Illinois 29-6 .829 Mid-Continent 18-0 1.000 1st NCAA Second Round
1992 Northern Illinois 33-6 .846 Mid-Content 16-0 1.000 1st NIVC
1991 Northern Illinois 27-9 .750 North Star 4-2 .667 2nd NIVC
1990 Northern Illinois 26-8 .765 North Star 6-1 .857 T1st
1989 Northern Illinois 9-20 .310 North Star 2-5 .286 5th
1988 Northern Illinois 22-8 .733 North Star 6-1 .857 1st
Overall 24 years 556-233 .705
Wisconsin 13 years 288-131 .687
Big Ten 12 years 165-95 .635
WAITE'S AWARDS AT WISCONSIN
AVCA All-Americans 
2007 Brittney Dolgner, Taylor Reineke
2006 Jackie Simpson
2005 Sheila Shaw
2004 Jill Odenthal
2002 Erin Byrd, Morgan Shields
2001 Sherisa Livingston, Lizzy Fitzgerald
2000 Sherisa Livingston, Lizzy Fitzgerald
1999 Jenny Maastricht
Asics/Volleyball All-Americans 
2005 Sheila Shaw
2004 Jill Odenthal
2001 Sherisa Livingston, Lizzy Fitzgerald
2000 Sherisa Livingston, Lizzy Fitzgerald, Jenny Maastricht
1999 Jenny Maastricht
AVCA All-Region 
2007 Brittney Dolgner, Taylor Reineke, Jackie Simpson
2006 Brittney Dolgner, Jackie Simpson
2004 Sheila Shaw, Jill Odenthal
2003 Jill Odenthal
2002 Erin Byrd, Morgan Shields
2001 Sherisa Livingston, Lizzy Fitzgerald
2000 Sherisa Livingston, Lizzy Fitzgerald, Jenny Maastricht
1999 Jenny Maastricht, Sherisa Livingston
Big Ten Player of the Year 
2001 Lizzy Fitzgerald
2000 Sherisa Livingston
All-Big Ten 
2011 Alexis Mitchell
2010 Alexis Mitchell
2009 Brittney Dolgner
2007 Brittney Dolgner, Taylor Reineke, Jackie Simpson
2006 Brittney Dolgner, Taylor Reineke, Jackie Simpson
2005 Taylor Reineke, Sheila Shaw
2004 Jill Odenthal, Sheila Shaw
2003 Jill Odenthal, Morgan Shields
2002 Erin Byrd, Morgan Shields
2001 Lizzy Fitzgerald, Sherisa Livingston, Erin Byrd
2000 Sherisa Livingston, Lizzy Fitzgerald, Jenny Maastricht, Claudia Rodriguez
1999 Kelly Kennedy, Sherisa Livingston, Jenny Maastricht
Big Ten Freshman of the Year 
2000 Claudia Rodriguez
Big Ten All-Freshman Team 
2011 Ellen Chapman, Courtney Thomas
2009 Alexis Mitchell
2008 Janelle Gabrielsen, Elle Ohlander
2006 Brittney Dolgner
2005 Audra Jeffers
2004 Jackie Simpson
2003 Amy Bladow
2002 Sheila Shaw
2001 Jill Odenthal
2000 Claudia Rodriguez
1999 Erin Byrd
Academic All-Big Ten 
2011 Janelle Gabrielsen, Julie Mikaelsen, Elle Ohlander, Bailey Reshel, Lindsey Seil, Dominique Thompson, Kirby Toon
2010 Jessa Benson, Janelle Gabrielsen, Kelli Kasha, Kelsey Maloney, Elle Ohlander, Allison Wack, Ashley Wiedmeyer
2009 Janelle Gabrielsen, Kelsey Maloney, Elle Ohlander, Allison Wack, Ashley Wiedmeyer
2008 Caity Dupont, Audra Jeffers, Nikki Klingsporn, Kim Kuzma, Faye McCormack, Allison Wack
2007 Caity Dupont, Audra Jeffers, Nikki Klingsporn, Faye McCormack, Megan Mills,
Taylor Reineke, Jackie Simpson, Jocelyn Wack
2006 Maya Carroll, Audra Jeffers, Katie Lorenzen, Faye McCormack, Megan Mills, Taylor Reineke, Jocelyn Wack
2005 Maya Carroll, Audra Jeffers,Katie Lorenzen, Megan Mills, Sheila Shaw, Jocelyn Wack
2004 Amy Bladow, Katie Lorenzen, Jill Odenthal, Sheila Shaw
2003 Katie Lorenzen, Jill Maier, Jill Odenthal, Angie Sanger, Morgan Shields, Lisa Zukowski
2002 Erin Byrd, Korie Gardner, Jill Maier, Jill Odenthal, Lori Rittenhouse, Angie Sanger,
Morgan Shields, Lisa Zukowski
2001 Erin Byrd, Lizzy Fitzgerald, Korie Gardner, Jill Maier, Marie Meyer, Angie Sanger, Sara Urbanek, Lisa Zukowski
2000 Erin Byrd, Jamie Gardner, Meggan Kohnen, Marie Meyer, Lori Rittenhouse, Sara Urbanek
1999 Kristen Bretl, Lizzy Fitzgerald, Jamie Gardner, Marie Meyer, Lori Rittenhouse, Allyson Ross

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