Howard Wallace, who brings nearly 30 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience to the Roadrunners volleyball staff, enters his ninth season at UTSA this fall.
During his eight years in the Alamo City, 30 players have earned All-Southland Conference accolades (10 first-teamers) and Meagan Daniel (2003 Southland Freshman of the Year), Kelsey Jewasko (2008 & '10 Southland Libero of the Year) and Stefanie Robbins (2008 Southland Newcomer of the Year) have earned postseason awards. Meanwhile, 19 student-athletes have been all-academic honorees, including Daniel, who was the 2005 Southland Student-Athlete of the Year.
Wallace was a part of a banner year last season, as UTSA posted a 22 victories, won the Southland Tournament Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history. Five players earned all-conference honors, including first-team setter Kelsey Schwirtlich.
Wallace came to San Antonio after a six-year stint as Creighton’s head coach. In his first season, he shared Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year honors after leading the Blue Jays to a 15-13 record and the program’s first-ever conference tournament bid. He had 11 players earn All-MVC honors during his tenure, including five first-teamers. Wallace also coached 17 MVC Scholar-Athletes and his teams were honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association for their academic achievements five times.
Prior to Creighton, the Kailua, Hawaii, native spent nine years on the coaching staff — three as an assistant and six as associate head coach — at the University of Hawai`i. Wallace also was an assistant coach at the University of Houston for four seasons from 1984-87.
His playing career included various teams and levels of USA Volleyball club competition from 1975-2001. He also competed on the Washington State club team for two seasons and concluded his collegiate career with a two-year stint on the San Bernardino Valley College squad.
Wallace earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Washington State in 1981 and received his master’s degree in education administration from Hawai`i in 1995. He and his wife, Tommie, have two children, Kathryn and Eric.
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