Don Ferguson named Head Women's Volleyball Coach
at Western Connecticut State University

DANBURY, CT (May 11) — On Friday, Director of Athletics, Ed Farrington announced that Don Ferguson has been named the new Head Women’s Volleyball Coach at Western Connecticut State University.

“I feel very fortunate to hire Don Ferguson as our new women's volleyball coach," stated Farrington. "He has successfully recruited in Connecticut and the New England region and his head coaching experience at Division I, Division II and in the Northeast 10 and the America East will benefit our program tremendously.”

Ferguson becomes the seventh volleyball coach since 1982 and takes over for Greg Poole, who returned to his alma meter, Springfield College, to become Associate Alumni Director.

Poole compiled a 123-62 record at Western and won 19 or more matches in five of his six seasons at the Colonials’ helm.

Ferguson comes to Western after seven seasons as the Head Women’s Volleyball Coach at the University of Hartford. In 2005, he was named the eighth coach in program history and led 2010’s squad to its most conference victories since 2002 and earned America East Coach of the Year honors in the process. 

"I am very excited about joining the athletics department at Western Connecticut," stressed Ferguson. "The volleyball program has a strong tradition of excellence and the department has demonstrated it's commitment to helping student athletes excel on and off the court. I'm extremely eager to see what ways we can further all aspects of the program while continuing to represent the University and it's exceptional athletic program. I am grateful for the opportunity to lead this program and am ecstatic about the future!
   
Historically, his teams have made a big difference in the classroom and in the community.

In the classroom, Ferguson’s teams have received American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) academic honors and were among the Top-10 percent in the nation in the past two year’s APR rankings.

Prior to Hartford, Ferguson served as the head women’s volleyball coach at Division II Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH from 2002-04. He led the Saint Anselm’s Hawks to consecutive Northeast 10 playoff appearances, including the best conference finish in school history.

During his stint at Saint Anselm, Ferguson also served as an assistant coach for the nationally-ranked men’s volleyball program at Division III Rivier College in Nashua, NH, where he helped lead the team to three NECVA New England Championships (2001-03). Ferguson also served as head coach for the girl’ s volleyball team at Nashua’s Bishop Guertin High School, where he was named 2001 Class L Coach of the Year.
 
Ferguson earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Rivier in 2000. He was captain of the men’s volleyball team at Rivier from 1994-96 where he led the team in virtually every statistical category. In 1999-2000, he was named to the NECVA Second Team and ranked nationally in hitting percentage and kills per game. He has also played with the Granite State Volleyball Club where he helped lead his team to a national title at the 2001 USA Volleyball Championships while garnering MVP honors.

A native of Montville, CT, Ferguson and his wife, Gerilyn, have a seven-year-old daughter, Maggie, and a four-year-old son, Myles. They reside in Wethersfield, CT.

The word has spread rapidly through the collegiate volleyball community.  Below, is response from area coaches about the announcement that Don Ferguson has been named the new women’s volleyball head coach at Western Connecticut State University.

"I'm excited for both Western Connecticut Volleyball and Coach Ferguson.  I think this is a win-win situation.  There's no doubt that the student-athletes in the Western program will benefit greatly from the dedication, knowledge and experience that he has to offer them on and off the court.  I look forward to following the success of Western Volleyball over the years to come under Coach Ferguson."

Tom Hanna
Head Volleyball Coach
Marist College

“Don, in his years at Hartford, did a fantastic job building the program.  He recruited great athletes, developed them into outstanding volleyball players and built a tough environment to play in.  He did this with hard work, integrity and passion.  He has become a good friend and I know he will continue the same success at WestConn.”

Jill Hirschinger
Head Volleyball Coach
University of New Hampshire

" Don's work ethic combined with his love for the game will be contagious to the West Conn volleyball program.  Don is  someone that puts the development of his student-athletes first, and has great integrity and energy that helps each  player grow into  becoming the best student,person, and athlete possible. "

Holly Strauss
Head Volleyball Coach
University of Connecticut

“Don is a perfect fit for the Division III philosophy of Discover, Develop, and Dedicate.  His passion and love for the game combined with his loyalty to the students will allow the WCSU student athletes have a meaningful and lasting overall experience.  His knowledge of the game and work ethic will bring WCSU to the next level in women’s Division III volleyball.  WCSU made a great decision with this hiring and the University will truly reap the benefits on the court and in the whole athletic department. 

Craig Kolek
Rivier College
Associate Athletic Director
Head Volleyball Coach