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Wayne Chadwick

Wayne Chadwick

Head Coach

Phone (218) 755-3784
Email [email protected]

Wayne Chadwick will enter his sixth season at the helm of the Bemidji State University volleyball program 2015 season. Chadwick has a record of 33-106 overall and 16-82 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play during his six seasons.

In his fifth season at the helm, Chadwick guided the Beavers a 5-23 overall record (3-17 NSIC) in 2014. Highlighting BSU's season was setter Courtney Volkmann moving into fifth place on the all-time assist list with 2,579 assists. Junior Kayla DeJong also turned in another stellar season as BSU's libero with 436 digs. The 436 digs are the tenth-most by a BSU player in program history. Chadwick also had seven players earn a spot on the Academic All-NSIC team.

Chadwick guided his squad to a two-win improvement in his fourth year at the helm as the Beavers went 6-22 (2-18 NSIC). The Beavers received standout performances from several players in 2013. Freshman Jessica Yost became the first freshman to lead the Beavers in kills since 2007. Junior Courtney Volkmann entered the top 10 all-time at Bemidji State in assists with 1,792 and sophomore Kayla DeJong registered 407 digs, the most by a BSU players since 2010. BSU also had six players land spots on the Academic All-NSIC Team in 2013.

In his third season in charge of the volleyball program at BSU, Chadwick had a very young team. The Beavers finished with a 4-23 (2-18 NSIC) record with a bunch of underclassmen playing pivotal roles.The lone senior on the roster, Bethany Thompson, won the Beavers' female athlete of the year after leading the team in kills and earning All-NSIC Honorable Mention honors.

In year two, Chadwick was tasked with replacing a very talented senior class that departed a year prior. The Beavers ended the season with a 6-22 (3-17 NSIC) mark. BSU played one of the toughest schedules in the country which featured nine matches against ranked opponents. Chadwick’s second season was highlighted by Rachel Craig being named BSU’s Female Newcomer of the Year.

In his first season in Bemidji, Chadwick led the Beavers to a 12-16 (6-14 NSIC) mark, improving on the team’s win total from a season prior while playing one of the nation’s toughest schedules. The Beavers played nine matches against teams ranked in the top 20 nationally including five versus squads in the top five in the country. In addition, Chadwick helped lead the Beavers to an upset over regionally ranked St. Cloud State University Oct. 23 and helped guide BSU past NCAA tournament participant Adelphi University in an early season match. Nicole Olson added her second All-NSIC selection and Brie Groskreutz became the school’s career digs leader to help highlight Chadwick’s first year at the leadership of the program.

BSU Director of Athletics Dr. Rick Goeb announced the hiring of Chadwick June 7, 2010 as BSU’s head volleyball coach and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills program advisor. He became the 13th head coach in the 40-year history of the program.

Chadwick joined the Bemidji State athletic family after a three-year stint as the assistant coach at NCAA Division I University of Tulsa. During his time with the Golden Hurricane, the squad posted a 75-27 overall record and a 32-16 mark in Conference USA play. He helped guide the 2007 team to a conference tournament championship and its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. His responsibilities at UT included coaching middle hitters for attack and defense, skill development, analyzing opponents for match preparation and recruiting.

During his three years at UT, the squad produced four All-America student-athletes, an all-region freshman of the year, a conference player, setter and freshman of the year and 11 all-conference performers.  

Before joining the University of Tulsa coaching staff, Chadwick served as the head coach at NCAA Division III Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind. for four years. He was instrumental in turning around the Spartan volleyball program, increasing the team’s win total in each season he was at the helm, while elevating the team’s winning percentage by 300 points from when he inherited the program. Chadwick is currently second on the school’s all-time wins and winning percentage lists. Under his tutelage at Manchester College he tripled the number of recruited student-athletes and guided four all-conference selections.

Previous to his experiences at the collegiate ranks, Chadwick coached at the high school and club level in Ohio and Illinois. He guided the Sports Performance Volleyball Club from 1994-2002, twice leading a team to a medal at national championship tournaments, earning bronze medals at the USA Volleyball Junior Olympics and the AAU Nationals. He served also as a high school head coach in Illinois from 1993-2002, coaching two all-state players. During his time in the volleyball world, Chadwick has been involved in camps, served on various committees, presented at conventions, worked as a USA Volleyball regional referee and volunteered with local community initiatives.      

Chadwick received his bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1988. He earned his secondary education teaching certificate in 1996 from North Central College in Naperville, Ill. He played on the men’s volleyball team at UW-Whitewater, while continuing his playing career for the USA Volleyball Club, participating in four club championships, which included a silver medal in 2000. Chadwick and his wife, Maryhelen, have three children, Maura, Aidan and John.