Vanessa Walby
Vanessa Walby
Title: Head Coach
Phone: (314) 935-4713
Year: 3rd Season
2008 19 17 .526 6th -
2009 28 13 .683 3rd -
2010 30 13 .698 5th 1st Round
2011 30 6 .833 3rd 2nd Round
2012 29 11 .725 3rd 2nd Round
2013 27 11 .711 1st 2nd Round
TOTAL 163 71 .697 1 UAA 4 NCAAs
2014 35 6 .854 3rd Regional Final
2015 34 3 .919 1st Regional Final
TOTAL 69 9 .885 1 UAA 2 NCAAs
CAREER 232 80 .744 2 UAAs 6 NCAAs

Vanessa Walby enters her third season as the head coach of WashU’s volleyball program in 2016.

Walby was hired as the sixth head coach in the 40-year history of the program Dec. 23, 2013.

WashU volleyball’s tradition of excellence has continued under the guidance of Walby as the team captured the University Athletic Association (UAA) conference championship in 2015. She was rewarded with her third overall and first UAA Coach of the Year award with WashU. The Bears also advanced to the NCAA Regional Championship match for the second straight year. Overall WashU finished with a 34-3 record, while posting six victories in seven matches during conference play. Including postseason, the Bears finished with an impressive 7-3 record over Top-25 ranked opponents. 

During Walby’s two years at WashU, the Bears have posted a 69-9 record, won the UAA conference title and advanced to NCAA tournament twice. She has developed several athletes with highly decorated careers including first year WashU assistant coach Allison Zastrow who was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III Player of the Year in 2015. Under her watchful eye, seven Bears have received All-America honors, nine All-Central Regional Team selections, nine All-UAA conference honors and 14 Academic All-UAA honorees.

In her first season on the Danforth Campus, Walby led the Bears to a 35-6 record and an appearance in the NCAA Regional Championship match. Her 35 wins were the most by a first-year coach in school history.

Walby arrived at WashU after a six-year stint as the head coach at the University of Chicago. She compiled a 163-71 (.697) record at Chicago and led the Maroons to the NCAA Tournament each of her last four seasons. Walby earned 2013 UAA Coaching Staff of the Year honors for the second-consecutive season after leading Chicago to a 27-11 record and the school’s first conference championship.

Walby engineered a dramatic turnaround at Chicago after inheriting a program that had won only seven matches the year before, building it into a nationally competitive program. She led Chicago to a 19-17 mark in her debut campaign in 2008, and followed with a 28-13 record in 2009, including a third-place finish in the UAA.

In 2010, Walby guided Chicago to a 30-13 overall record and its first appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Maroons also made their first appearance in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) coaches’ poll, ranking as high as No. 17 midway through the campaign. Chicago's 30 victories in 2010 matched the most in the program's history.

In 2011, the Maroons posted another 30-win season (30-6) and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Walby posted a 29-11 record in 2012 and earned UAA Coaching Staff of the Year honors after guiding the Maroons to their third straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, reaching the second round.

Walby’s teams at Chicago were ranked in the AVCA Top-25 poll each of her last four seasons, and she coached one AVCA All-American, two all-region and 22 all-conference selections for the Maroons. Off the court, Chicago maintained a team GPA of 3.35 with 21 Academic All-UAA selections in six seasons.

Before her arrival at Chicago in the spring of 2008, Walby spent three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater after serving as a graduate assistant for the Warhawks in 2004. UW-Whitewater reached the NCAA Division III semifinals in each of Walby's three seasons as assistant coach. The Warhawks won the national championship in 2005, finished second in 2007, and placed third in 2006. During those three seasons, Wisconsin-Whitewater compiled a combined record of 111-15.

Walby played two seasons at Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1999 and 2000. As team captain in 2000, she was selected to the NCAA All-Tournament Team after helping lead the Warhawks to a NCAA runner-up finish. Walby earned bachelor's and master's degrees in coaching/health and physical education from Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2002 and 2005.