Neugebauer-Groff announces hiring of Pat Stangle as assistant coach
SAN ANTONIO — Head volleyball coach Laura Neugebauer-Groff announced Friday the hiring of Pat Stangle as an assistant coach. Stangle, whose appointment is effective immediately, will work with the Roadrunners' setters and also coordinate opponent scouting reports and film exchange in addition to other administrative duties within the program.
"I'm excited to add someone with Pat's background to our coaching staff," Neugebauer-Groff said. "He brings a wealth of coaching experience with him from the Pac-12 and Mountain West Conferences and that will be important as we make the transition into Conference USA this season."
"I want to thank Laura for the opportunity to join her program," Stangle said. "UTSA is on the rise and I'm excited to be a part of the move to Conference USA. I'm looking forward to working with the team when fall camp begins this weekend."
Stangle comes to the Alamo City from Washington State, where he served as assistant coach the last two seasons.
He previously was the head coach at Wyoming for four years from 2004-07. Stangle won 50 matches during his tenure, including 26 in Mountain West Conference (MWC) play. Rachel Smith was named the 2004 MWC Co-Freshman of the Year and she went on to earn first-team all-league honors her final two campaigns.
Stangle served as the top assistant at Washington from 2002-03 where he recruited and coached current UTSA assistant coach and former Huskies standout Sanja Tomasevic.
He also was the head coach at Seward County (Kan.) Community College from 1997-2001 where led the Lady Saints to 225 victories, a pair of Jayhawk Conference Championships, three consecutive NJCAA Region VI titles (1999-2001) and three appearances at the NJCAA Championship Tournament. Stangle coached 18 all-region players and six All-Americans during his time in Liberal, Kan.
He began his coaching career at Central Christian College (Kan.) and led the program to its first two regional tournament appearances in program history.
The Spokane, Wash., native was inducted into the NJCAA Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2008.
He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Hardin-Simmons in 1988 and an MBA from UTSA five years later.
Stangle is married to the former Melissa Peterson and the couple has three children, Casey, Haley and Doak.