Nov. 26, 2012
MADISON, Wis. – Pete Waite, the head volleyball coach at the University of Wisconsin for the last 14 years, has resigned his position, Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez announced today.
“I would like to thank Pete for his years of service to the Wisconsin volleyball program,” said Alvarez. “He always ran his program with respect and dignity, and was a good representative of the athletic department. We wish him all the best.”
Waite was 305-146 (.676) in 14 years at Wisconsin and 571-248 (.697) in 25 years as a head coach. He won his 300th match at UW against South Alabama on Sept. 15, 2012. He is the longest tenured volleyball coach in Wisconsin history and is the only UW volleyball coach to record 300 overall wins and 150 Big Ten wins. Waite had a 14-year Big Ten record of 170-108 (.612).
“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,” said Waite. “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.”
Under Waite’s watch, the Badgers competed in nine NCAA tournaments, including a second-place finish in the 2000 championship. Wisconsin also won two Big Ten Conference titles (2000 and 2001) during his tenure.
Waite has coached 10 All-Americans, 14 all-region honorees, two Big Ten players of the year and 20 first-team All-Big Ten selections at Wisconsin. He has also coached one Big Ten Freshman of the Year and 11 Big Ten All-Freshmen team members. He was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2000, 2001 and 2006.
In the classroom, his student-athletes earned 91 Academic All-Big Ten honors. Seven also earned Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District honors.
Waite came to Wisconsin in 1999 after spending 11 seasons at Northern Illinois. He is the all-time winningest coach for the Huskies at 266-102 (.723).
A national search for Waite’s replacement will begin immediately.