Jerry Wagner has been hired as an assistant coach for the UTEP volleyball program, head coach Holly Watts announced Friday.
“I am thankful for the opportunity to join coach Watts’ staff and equally motivated for the challenge of competing in Conference USA,” Wagner said. “I look forward to helping coach (Watts) continue to build a strong and competitive program by attracting talented students to UTEP who also excel in the athletic arena.”
Wagner will be working in all aspects of player development, including practice planning and game day preparations. He will be responsible for recruiting all areas of the country.
“Jerry has an immense amount of collegiate coaching experience and will be a great assistance for day to day running of the program,” said Watts.
Wagner comes to UTEP with 27 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience.
He served as the head coach at the University of Montana for nine seasons (2006-2014). During his tenure with the Grizzlies, Wagner compiled a 102-147 record, including a 74-78 mark in Big Sky Conference action. He coached 46 All-Academic All-Big Sky Conference selections and his teams posted a 3.0 GPA or better every semester. In 13 of the 16 terms he served, his teams managed a GPA of 3.2 or above. With his strong emphasis on education, he guided three of his teams to earn the AVCA Team Academic Award.
Griz players earned a dozen All-Big Sky Conference honors under Wagner and his staff, including Capri Richardson, who received second-team honors at the conclusion of the 2014 season.
Prior to Montana, Wagner was an assistant coach at Gonzaga for the 2005 season. The Bulldogs finished the season with a 10-21 record, a six-win improvement from the 2004 season.
Before taking the Gonzaga job, he served as an assistant coach for four years (1999-2002) and associate head coach for two (2003-2004) at Montana State. In six seasons at Montana State, Wagner was part of teams that went 117-54 (.684). He landed some of the best recruiting classes in the Northwest, including the Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year in 2000 and 2001 and the Big Sky Newcomer of the Year in 2002.
Prior to working at Montana State, Wagner spent eight years (1991-1999) at Oregon State beginning his stint with the Beavers under former Montana State head coach Dave Gantt in 1991. While at OSU, he helped guide the Beavers to 125 wins, including back-to-back trips to the National Invitational Volleyball Championships in 1993 and 1994.
Wagner joined the OSU staff after serving as assistant coach at the University of Montana from 1988 to 1991. In his three seasons at Montana, the Grizzlies registered a 61-27 record, including a 37-11 mark in the Big Sky Conference.
Under head coach Dick Scott, Wagner helped the Grizzlies to two 20-win seasons and the program’s first NCAA tournament appearance in 1990.
In addition to his experience as assistant coach, Wagner has also worked as the head coach at Montana State University-Northern in 1987 and was head coach at Harve High School from 1984-1987. He guided MSU-Northern to a third place finish in the Frontier Conference in 1987.
Wagner received his degree in health and physical education from Northern Montana College in 1986. He has earned Level I and II USA Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP) certificates, as well as a Level I American Coaching Effectiveness Program (ACEP) certificate.