2008 marked the 34th year for the Kansas State women's Volleyball program. In 2008 Kansas State earned its 10th final ranking in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 in 11 years. K-State is one of only 12 programs nationally and one of only two in the Big 12 Conference that can claim this distinction. K-State garnered the program's highest-ever ranking when it was ranked fifth in 2003 during a 12-match winning streak in September.
In eight seasons at the helm of the Kansas State volleyball program, Suzie Fritz has quickly established herself as not only one of the most successful coaches in KSU history, but also the nation. Fritz has led the Wildcats to seven NCAA Tournament appearances as head coach, 11 dating back to her days as an assistant coach, the school’s first-ever conference title in 2003 and two Regional Semifinal appearances. She currently holds the highest winning percentage among all of K-State’s volleyball coaches and became the winningest coach in school history after notching No. 169 against Colorado on Nov. 12. In 11 seasons total on staff, Fritz has seen nine All-Americans, 16 All-Region performers and 37 all-conference players come play as Wildcats.
In 2003, Fritz led Kansas State to perhaps its greatest season ever in volleyball. The Wildcats finished the season 30-5, ranked 11th nationally, and won the program’s first-ever conference title with an 18-2 league mark. The 2003 squad, led by All-Americans Lauren Goehring and Gabby Guerre, advanced to the Regional Semifinal before falling to 10th-ranked Penn State.
All of the program’s success has not been relegated to the court, as Kansas State was named one of the volleyball programs nationally to receive the 2007-08 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award. It marked the seventh straight season that the Wildcats have received this prestigious honor and eighth overall. The award, which has been given annually since 1992-93, honors college and high school teams that displayed excellence in the classroom by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.1 cumulative GPA on a 5.0 scale during the school year.
Ann Heider (1974): 22-20-4, .524
Mary Phyl Dwight (1975-78): 107-91-05, .540
Ron Spies (1979): 15-16-3, .686
Scott Nelson (1980-90): 168-176-1, .488
Patti Hagemeyer (1991-93): 24-66, .267
Jim Moore (1994-96): 61-34, .642
Jim McLaughlin (1997-2000): 82-43, .656
Suzie Fritz (2001-present): 171-79, .684