Gwen Egbert

Gwen Egbert will be retiring after serving as Doane’s head volleyball coach since 2013. 

Egbert had lead the Tigers to a 122-102 record in her seven seasons as coach with a win total being the second-most in program history. 

The announcement was made on Dec. 5, of Egbert’s retirement from Doane University by the Athletic Office.

“I’m so thankful for the opportunity to have coached at Doane University,” Egbert said. “I’ve been truly blessed to be able to coach amazing athletes and work with people who share the same passion for volleyball that I do.”

Egbert came to Doane after coaching high school volleyball at Papillion-LaVista and Papillion-LaVista South High Schools. During her high school coaching career she lead the teams to 700 victories and six Class A state championships, according to the Doane Athletic website

She was also named the Lincoln Journal Star Coach-of-the-Year in 2002 and 2012. She earned the Omaha World Herald Coach-of-the-Year in 2003. 

Highlighting her career coaching at Doane was the 2016 season where the Tigers went 25-10 and placed fourth in the Great Plains Athletic Conference. This record earned the Tigers a chance to play in the NAIA National Tournament where they advanced out of pool play for the first time in school history. The team ranked No. 12 in the NAIA final poll. 

The following year, the Tigers defeated then-defending national champions Hastings College in a tough five set match.  

“Her knowledge of the game has no ceiling and she’s constantly learning new and better techniques to implement into out game,” senior Allison Kuenle said. “There isn’t anything she wouldn’t do for her team.”

Kunele played for Egbert for three years after transferring from the University of Kearney. 

“She (Egbert) showed up every single day giving 110% to this program,” Kuenle said. “I am so grateful for the opportunity to play for a coach as wise, caring and driven as Gwen.”

Senior Alexis Dale played for Egbert all four years of being at Doane. 

“She has coached some of the best players in the United States and she knows what she is doing,” Dale said. “I would have never accomplished any of the honorable mentions I received or the second team All-American (honor) without her sticking with me and pushing me physically and mentally to be better.”

Egbert played volleyball at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln under Coach Terry Tettit after spending two years at Kellogg Community College in Michigan. Egbert was part of two Big 8 championship teams and assisted the Huskers in a 56-10 record in her two years she played. She was elected a team captain her senior year along with a First Team All-Big 8 honor. That year, the team made their first appearance in the NCAA National Tournament and went 1-1 in the tournament.

Following the completion of her playing days, Egbert started her coaching career as a graduate assistant for Nebraska where the Huskers made their second straight appearance at the NCAA National Tournament. 

Assistant Coach Jill Dawson will serve as Director of Volleyball Operations until a replacement is hired. A national search will begin immediately to fill the head coaching vacancy.