Greeny, in just one year, turned the
Lewis-Clark State College volleyball program
around. Named head coach in the late spring
of 2007, Greeny took the reins of a Warrior
team that was supposedly in the “rebuilding
process” and led it to one of its most
successful seasons in program history.
Picked to finish sixth in
the Frontier Conference in the preseason coaches’ poll, Greeny’s
squad surpassed all expectations by winning both the Frontier
Conference regular season and tournament titles, and then by winning
the Region I tournament to earn the program’s first berth to the
NAIA national tournament since 1999. LCSC was the No. 9 seed at the
20-team national tournament.
From a team that had won
only 21 matches in the previous three years before her arrival, the
Warriors ended the 2007 season with a 26-8 record. For her efforts,
Greeny earned both the Frontier and Region I Coach of the Year
titles. She also had numerous players earn all-conference and
all-region honors, including Anile Clemente who was also named a
third team All-American.
A former Washington State
University two-sport star, Greeny, who posted a remarkable 84-12
record in three years as volleyball coach at Pullman High School in
Washington, was named the Warriors’ coach in March of 2007.
Greeny, nee Stinson, was
a standout volleyball player at WSU during 1995-99 and also played
on the basketball team her senior season. She spent a year coaching
in the Spokane area until taking a job as assistant volleyball coach
at WSU in 2000 under then Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick.
Greeny spent 4½ years on
Fredrick’s staff and then took over at Pullman High when Fredrick
left for the University of Iowa.
In 2004, her first year
at PHS, Greeny led the team to a 25-8 mark and a seventh place
finish at state. The following year, Pullman went 28-3 and won its
first state volleyball championship despite being picked to finish
fifth in its league by a vote of the Great Northern League coaches.
She was the chosen the Washington Interscholastic Athletic
Association’s Coach of the Year and the GNL’s Coach of the Year.
In 2006, the team went
31-1, suffering its only loss in the state semifinals. The team
finished third at state, and set program records for most wins and
best winning percentage. Greeny was chosen as the GNL’s Coach of the
During her three years at
Pullman, she finished with a .875 winning percentage.
Greeny graduated from
Davenport High in Washington in 1995 where she was a stellar
athlete. She was named one of Volleyball Magazine’s Fab Fifty
Freshman recruits. She also stood out in track and basketball, where
she finished her career as the state’s all-time leading scorer (both
boys and girls) with 2,881 points. She led the Gorillas to two state
basketball titles and she won three state high jump championships.
Her accomplishments earned her numerous honors.
She went to WSU on a
volleyball scholarship and became the seventh player in school
history with 1,000 career kills. On WSU’s career list, Greeny ranks
third in block assists (360), fourth in total blocks (410), seventh
in kills (1,006) and eighth in solo blocks (59). She also trained
with the U.S. National volleyball team during the summer of 1997 and
was a three-time all-Pacific 10 Conference selection.
Greeny also excelled in
the classroom where she was WSU’s Athlete of the Year in 1998-99.
She was a GTE/CoSIDA District VIII Academic All-America first-team
and second-team selection her final two years and was a Pac 10
Conference All-Academic selection three times.
Greeny was involved with
six of the 10 seasons the Cougar volleyball qualified for the
postseason, three as a player and three as an assistant coach.
During her playing career, WSU was ranked as high as fifth in the
country and made the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
Greeny and her husband,
Burdette Greeny, LCSC’s assistant volleyball coach and a former
standout pitcher at WSU and coach of the Pullman Patriots’ American
Legion baseball team, have a daughter Lauren, age 4.
performed a significant role as an assistant coach for the high
achieving Lewis-Clark State volleyball team in 2007. His duties
consists of coordinating recruiting efforts, strength, conditioning
and mental training, and various administrative responsibilities.
athletics runs in Burdette’s family. The son of coaches, Burdette
was born in Port Angeles, WA., to Burdette Jr. and Cynthia Greeny,
the latter a volleyball coach at Port Angeles High School. His
sister, Karena, played basketball at the University of Hawaii.
both basketball and baseball at Port Angeles High, earning three
letters in basketball and two in baseball. He earned first-team
all-league honors in basketball his senior season and was a
first-team all-league performer at third base his junior and senior
seasons after being an honorable mention selection as a sophomore.
He was named one of the top 10 pitchers in the state in 1993 by the
Tacoma News Tribune and was drafted that year in the 32nd round by
the New York Mets.
to stay in school and attended Tacoma Community College for two
years (1993-95), where he played one year of basketball and two
years of baseball. He earned second-team All-West Region honors both
years as a third baseman and also set a school record for striking
out 17 batters in a game against Lower Columbia Community College.
pitched for Washington State University in 1997 and won the Strength
and Conditioning Award. He signed as a free agent with the Milwaukee
Brewers before the 1998 draft and was with the organization for two
began his coaching career, first with the Pullman Posse Junior
American Legion team in 2000 for two seasons, and then with the
Pullman Patriots Senior Legion team for five seasons. His Senior
Legion team went on to win two
regular season league titles, as he lead them to the program’s second appearance
the state tournament--with the first appearance coming in 1968. His
team also won the first game ever at the state tournament in the long history of the Patriots--a team that dates back to
Of the players who
used up their Legion eligibility under Burdette, 88 percent went on
to play college baseball.
Jennifer Stinson while at WSU and the couple are married with a
4-year-old daughter, Lauren. Burdette received a degree in
Humanities with an emphasis in English from WSU.
Assistant Coach Amy Flaig
A Two-time All-Frontier Conference and
All-Region I performer, Amy Flaig, in her first year as an assistant
coach on Greeny's staff, was instrumental in the success the
Warriors enjoyed during the 2007 season. Her familiarity with the
program proved invaluable in on-court instruction, recruiting, and
administrative duties. She also serves as the Lewis-Clark State
Volleyball Camp Director and the President of the Snake River
Juniors Volleyball Club.
Flaig played both
basketball and volleyball at LCSC during her career from 2000-2003 and
is the last Warrior female athlete to participate in the two sports.
She played volleyball four years and also was a member of the
basketball team her final two seasons.
Flaig, who is
first-grade teacher at Lewiston’s Centennial Elementary School, came
to LCSC in 2000 from Missoula’s Sentinel High School. She made an
impact on the volleyball team and earned All-Frontier Conference
Freshman Team honors. She helped LCSC to two regular-season
conference titles and two berths to the NAIA national tournament.
Flaig led LCSC in kills both her junior and senior seasons and is
seventh on the all-time kill list at 1,067. She also is second on
the all-time list in block assists with 239, fifth in solo blocks
with 59, and seventh in total blocks with 298.