An optimistic Bob Weiner begins his ninth season as head coach of the Keene State College women's volleyball team, looking for the Owls to maintain their position as one of the top teams in the Little East Conference.
Last season was very rewarding for Weiner and the Owls. Despite losing his entire starting line-up, Weiner not only led an upstart KSC team to a third place finish in the LEC standings, but an appearacne in the tournament finals. The Owls upset second seed Western Conn. (3-1) and took a game from national power UMass-Boston (3-1) in the championship match.
Weiner knows a thing or two about building a program. Taking over the reins of the Keene State team in 2005, Weiner led the Owls into uncharted territory. Directing the Owls to a first-ever appearance in the 2005 LEC championship match, he then coached KSC to back-to-back, 25-victory seasons and ECAC tournament appearances as well as a first-ever LEC regular season title in 2007. Weiner and the Owls served up an unforgettable 2008 season, posting a program best 29-9 (6-0 LEC) and capturing the LEC title and NCAA berth.
Under the direction of Weiner, the Owls have advanced to post-season play six of the past eight seasons, earning ther program's first ever LEC championship in 2008 and ECAC title in 2010. Last season, KSC posted a 20-17 record, advancing to the semifinals of the ECAC tournament. Weiner reached the 400 career win milestone in 2011 with the Owls' 3-1 win over Rhode Island College in the semifinals of the LEC tournament.
Weiner's record at Keene State stands at 180-107 (.627 winning pct.) , including an impressive 41-13 mark in conference play. "This is a great place to coach," said Weiner. "Once we started to build the program and win, athletes wanted to come here and play."
Set to begin his 26th season of collegiate coaching, Weiner, who has an overall career record of 421-375, came to Keene State after serving as the sports information director at Pine Manor College. He held the position of head women's volleyball coach at Iona (N.Y.) College, Assumption College, Montana State-Northern University, Macalester (Minn.) College, and Franklin Pierce College. During his four-year stint at Iona, his teams compiled a 74-51 record. He was named the 2002 Metro Atlantic Coach of the Year after leading the Gaels to a first-place finish in the conference. At Macalester, Weiner turned around a team, playing in the highly competitive Minnesota Intercollegiate Conference. As the first varsity coach at Franklin Pierce, Weiner led the 1992 and 1993 Ravens to ECAC tournament berths.
Weiner, co-founder of the Hardrock Junior Olympic Volleyball Club in New Hampshire, holds a bachelor's degree in theatre from UCLA and a master's in fine arts from the University of California-Irvine. He was named Keene State's full-time volleyball coach in the spring of 2011.
Weiner said he’s excited about the change in status and looking forward to giving more time to the program. “During the past six years, I’ve also taught a full academic load,” he said. “I was doing a full-time job in addition to my coaching responsibilities. This will allow me to focus on my job as coach of the Keene State women’s volleyball team and I am excited about that.”