Bob Weiner begins his 12th season as head coach of the Keene State College women's volleyball team in 2016 and has his sights set on maintaining their position as one of the top teams in the Little East Conference.
In 2014, Keene State reached the semifinals of the LEC tournament with 20-16 record. The Owls went one better in 2015, reaching the LEC title game for the third time in four years.
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 when he was named LEC Coach of the Year and posted a program best 29-9 (6-0) LEC) in addition to capturing the program's first LEC title and NCAA berth.
Under the direction of Weiner, the Owls have advanced to post-season play eight of the past ten seasons, earning the program's first ever ECAC title in 2010. 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. At the helm of the program, 26 have been named All-Little East Conference, including Sarah Peterson who was voted Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 and Angela Silveri who was named Co-Offensive Player of the Year in 2013.
Set to begin his 28h season of collegiate coaching, Weiner, who has an overall career record of 461-404, 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.